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Creating Custom Shapes for Digital Scrapbooking in Photoshop and Photoshop Elements

NOTE: This tutorial was created on a Mac, and you will notice a few minor differences in the interface if you are using a PC.

 

Scrap Girls University - Digital Scrapbooking Tutorial - Creating Custom Shapes in Photoshop and Photoshop Elements

To begin, select the Pen Tool with your choice of color and draw a basic shape. Your shape can be edited using the Direct Selection Tool. I will draw a heart for this exercise.

Define your shape(s) and save the set.

 

Scrap Girls University - Digital Scrapbooking Tutorial - Creating Custom Shapes in Photoshop and Photoshop Elements

To save a set of shapes for future use, you will need to clear out the custom shapes that are currently in the Palette. Select the Custom Shape Tool, and choose "Tiles" from the fly out menu on the Palette, since it has the least amount of shapes. (See graphic above.) Clear out the existing shapes by right-clicking on each shape and pressing the Delete key. (Option+Click for Mac users.)

 

Scrap Girls University - Digital Scrapbooking Tutorial - Creating Custom Shapes in Photoshop and Photoshop Elements

Once you are happy with your shape(s), you need to define it as a custom shape. Go to Edit> Define Custom Shape.

 

Scrap Girls University - Digital Scrapbooking Tutorial - Creating Custom Shapes in Photoshop and Photoshop Elements

A dialogue box will pop up asking you to name your new shape. Repeat this step for any other shapes you have created.

 

Scrap Girls University - Digital Scrapbooking Tutorial - Creating Custom Shapes in Photoshop and Photoshop Elements

Now you can save your set of shapes for future use. With the Custom Shape Tool selected, click on the arrow on the right side of the Custom Shapes Palette at the top of the page. A fly out menu will appear and you will choose the "Save Shapes" option.

 

Scrap Girls University - Digital Scrapbooking Tutorial - Creating Custom Shapes in Photoshop and Photoshop Elements

A dialogue box will appear asking you to name your set of shapes and save it to your chosen location.

 

Scrap Girls University - Digital Scrapbooking Tutorial - Creating Custom Shapes in Photoshop and Photoshop Elements

The graphic above shows that the custom shape set I have just saved is now located in my Photoshop> Presets> Custom Shapes folder and I can access it at any time in the future. This is a huge time saver!

Tutorial written by Keri Schueller


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