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5.10 – Using Photoshop Elements >

Creating Shapes

You can create shapes using three methods for use in layer masks and clipping masks.

1 – Mac Students

When you see Ctrl in the tutorial, use the Cmd key instead.

2 – Selection Tools

Do the following.

1) Select a selection tool.

2) Select something in a photograph or create your own shape.

3) Click the first icon, at the top of the layers stack, to create a blank layer.

4) Look in the lower-left corner of your screen.

You need black paint on the top.

If white paint is on top, click the tiny curved-arrows icon (1).

If the two colors are not white and black, click the tiny black-white-boxes icon (2).

If the Color Picker window opens, click Cancel.

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5) Select the Paint Bucket tool.

Make sure Contiguous is not selected in Toll Options below the work area.

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6) Click inside the selection.

7) Press the Esc key on your keyboard to deselect the selection.

8) Select the Move tool to move the shape.

Example

A photograph of flowers—Layer 2—was placed above the Layer 1—a black oval created with the Elliptical Marquee selection tool.

The flowers layer was clipped to the oval layer by going to Layer > Create Clipping Mask.

The oval is now filled with the flowers instead of black.

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3 – Custom Shape Tool

Do the following.

1) Select the Custom Shape tool (1).

2) Select the type of shape (2).

3) Open the shape menu and select a shape (3).

4) If the Color menu isn't black, open it up and select black (4).

5) Hold down the Shift key and drag out a shape in the work area.

Holding the Shift key prevents distortion.

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The shape appears in the work area and in the layers stack.

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6) Select the Move tool to move the shape.

Example

A photograph of an eyeball with many catchlights—Layer 2—was placed above the Layer 1—a black butterfly created with the Custom Shape tool.

The eyeball layer was clipped to the butterfly layer by going to Layer > Create Clipping Mask.

The butterfly is now filled with the eyeball instead of black.

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4 – Type Tool

1) Click the first icon, at the top of the layers stack, to create a blank layer.

2) Select the Type tool (1).

3) Select a font (2).

You'll probably want to use a font that has thick letters.

4) If needed, select the font style (3).

5) Select the Size (4).

You can enter values larger than 72 points manually.

6) If the Color menu isn't black, open it up and select black (5).

7) Select the alignment (6).

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7) Click in the work area and enter text.

8) Click the green checkmark.

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9) Select the Move tool to move the shape.

Example

A photograph of a rose—Layer 2—was placed above the QWERTY layer—Layer 1.

The rose layer was clipped to the QWERTY layer by going to Layer > Create Clipping Mask.

The QWERTY text is now filled with the rose instead of black.

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