First, though, if you’re new to Custom Shapes, you may want to know where are these shapes located? In Photoshop Elements 12, they are located under the Draw menu. (Earlier versions have their own separate heart icon.)
1. Make a Patterned Paper
For this example, I selected a flower from the Custom Shapes menu. Placing it on my page, I resized it and duplicated it a number of times.
Then using the Align tool, I selected all my shapes and perfectly aligned them.
2. Use Custom Shapes as a Scatter
Again, select the shape you need. To create a scatter, you need to not only duplicate your shape many times, but to resize it and rotate it. Sometimes, you can merge a few pieces and duplicate them, depending on how it flows.
3. Use a Shape to Create a Photo Mat
This time, I used Crop Shapes, selecting a couple of shapes and merging them to create a photo mat with a shape I liked. Then I simply added a chalkboard style to the paper and a chalk style to the new mat. Simple!
For a bit of fun, I matched the star shape with Jennifer Ziegler’s Beyond the Stars Collection paper and laid out the shapes in a pleasing manner, resizing them as I went. Using Brandy Murry’s Gold and Cut Out Styles, I now have a fun paper that would work well with a variety of photos.
Under the Custom Shape menu, I selected a cut-out rectangle shape. Holding down the Shift key, I drew out a square shape. Deleting the blue fill layer left me with this border.
So there you have it! Five super simple ways to make Custom Shapes work for you, to help you speed up your scrapping, and to add to your toolkit. I encourage you to use Custom Shapes, check out what is in the drop-down menus, and post your creations to our Scrap Girls Gallery. We love to be inspired!
If you enjoyed using the Custom Shapes in Photoshop Elements and want to take it further, Diane Lardieri has a great article on the Scrap Girls Blog: Custom Shapes in PSE.