Creating and Saving a Custom Shape

Creating and Saving a Custom Shape

Photoshop CS6 Tutorial


How to Create and Save a Custom Shape in Photoshop



Photoshop ships with hundreds of custom shapes for you to use. However, you may find there is a custom shape you use on a regular basis.

The process is quite similar to creating a custom brush. You create the shape, then save it as a Custom Shape.


Step One

Open a blank document in Photoshop (File > New). Set the size to 500 pixels by 500 pixels at 72 ppi.

Step Two

Select the Pen tool (p key) and draw a shape in the document. The tool options should be set to Shape Layer.

Step Three

Make sure the Shape Layer is highlighted in the Layers panel.

Step Four

To add the shape to your Custom Shape Library, choose Edit > Define Custom Shape.

Step Five

Name the shape and press OK.

Step Six

To use your new Custom Shape, click the Custom Shape tool and pick your new shape from the tool options panel.

Step Seven

Set a Fill color and click-drag while holding the Shift key to add your new shape.

Adding Depth with Layer Styles

To add some depth to your Shape Layer, try adding multiple Layer Styles (i.e., Emboss, Drop Shadow, etc.).