How To Combine Shapes In Photoshop | Photoshop Path : Subtract Shapes, Combine Shapes Etc Tutorial

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Photoshop Path : Subtract Shapes, Combine Shapes Etc Tutorial


How to use the path Operations in Photoshop with shapes, it could be any shape. It could be custom shapes, stars, rectangles, shapes. You created yourself. I’m going to use circles. So the key panel is a liar’s so window menu and Liars, and I’m using the shape layer and this time every time you create a shape, it will be crated as a new layer, But I don’t want that I want to combine the new shape with the existing circle. So how do I do that well? I was refresh everything. I just go back to the move tool. Go to the up board, deselect everything then click on the ellipse or whatever shape it is and then go back to the circle and then to the path operations and this time. I’m gonna go with combine shapes, so it’s not going to quite new layer. You see, a little plus appear there that dragging there It will drag over that circle and it will combine with the original circle. We don’t have to go over the circle. You can actually create circles further afield. You can repeat that over over again. Great all kinds of unique shapes. They just create circle, not touching any of the other circles and they’re all using the same option. If you change the tool if you go and change until this point, suddenly that combine is no longer of use, you have to go back and reset everything game, so always refresh everything. Go to the move tool. Click on the ought to completely deselect everything remember to go over the ellipse, So you select it again? Over there in the layers panel and then the circle tool and then the path operations and then go with the subtract, just makes everything fresh, and you can start knowing that you will crate what you expect, which is in this case of subtraction from the original shape, and you can repeat that just chopping away from the original shape, as well as the circles you’ve created with the combine, and you’ve got a little -, they’re in the cursor so and again that will be active until you change it, change the tool or go up to the past operations and maybe change it to intersect or one of the others, so that ones that you can see that one selected what you can then do is you can go up to the combine and the path operations or intersect, so you can change them exclude or intersect again, refresh everything, just go to the move tool, deselect everything then go to the layer’s panel, and that’s just the way it works for me. You might find it. You don’t need some of the steps, but that’s the way. I always like to do it and now. I’ve got the Intersect option in the past operations, so I draw a circle now. Slightly away from any of the other paths dragged over some of the existing paths. All that’s been created afterwards is the bit that overlaps, so it’s best with a completely fresh designer thing when you’ve got a size just quickly create another circle. It’s gonna be a new layer, make certain it’s always a new layer because sometimes it’s left over, it’s left over as a subtract or something. That’s why I like to refresh it. So move tool deselect everything select it in the ellipse over there in the layers, select the circle tool again or any other shape and then go to past operations Intersect, create a new circle And then what you see is you’ve got the circle. You’ve just created the bit That’s away from it doesn’t exist. The bit overlaps with the original circle remains. You can repeat that again and again, Of course you can just add multiple, but of course, once you got down to a very, very small chunk of pass, it’s a bit harder to to cut it even more then. You got that again intersection there now. If you want to refresh it, you can go and do that, but you can also as a show earlier. You can just change them at any point so now. I’m just gonna go with the past operations exclude. So what happens, it’s the opposite of the intersection. So you’ve got the circled? You nearly crazy circle. The bit that didn’t have any path is left. The circled it’s not touched by the circle is left the bit that overlaps is removed to insect use or subtract. You can see, can change again, so it’s very flexible way of using the path operations, But what you can do Also you can just go there too. I’m just connecting me with it. Selected, go to the direct selection tool until span up, and you can select that path and you can move it around, so that subtraction is moved, so you can chop out different parts. You can move it. You can also resize it. You can also manipulate the individual points so you can just drag around the workplace and it will still be a subtraction, creating a donut design there and with the direct selection tool. What you can do, you can select that that point or any another points select that point there, and then you can just drag it so you can change what the shape is of the subtraction and also modify the anchor points there, so you can create some very, very abstract shapes just by using that that feature going to refresh everything again. Just go to the move tool you want, but otherwise, if you want to actually merge all shapes, you can do go over to past operations with that selected like that and use the merge shape component up to you so now. I’ve just gone to move tool. Deselect is everything game goatee lips tool again. Go for the circle again. It could be star. It could be a rectangle and gonna go with combine shapes. Add some all shapes there. Once you’ve done that you can what you can do. You can go down to merge shape components, so it’s all combined into one unique new shape. Now what you can also do once you’ve done. That course is you can go and save it. It’s custom shape, so I’m just gonna create a completely fresh new. I like doing this each time. I know, maybe that’s a bit over the top slows things down, but I just wanted to create a completely fresh circle Move tool deselect go to the ellipse panel to the layer’s panel select the ellipse and then go back to in this case instead of that. I’m just gonna use the pen tool so you can use the pen tool as well as the curvature tool so pen tool and that’s using shape, of course, and that uses exactly same combine shapes subtract in the past operations. So you can click there at a point. Go out, so that’s slice the bit. It’s completely subtracted now. You can still go to the part operations and change to intersect if you wish or combine because it’s active at that point, so no, so you can go to merge shape components if you wish now if you go to the curvature pencil at this point. I’m just gonna show you what happens when you just go to the coverage of the pencil. Just select that it would then cries a new layer, so it’s best again. Go to the move tool, deselect everything completely fresh go over to the layer’s panel, select the ellipse, then go to the curvature tool, And then when you create it and I’m gonna show you guys what happens this time because I forgot to. It creates a new layer. Now don’t want that because that’s the default operation. Once you’ve done, It will reset. It doesn’t know about the combined etc at that point. So what you need to do is set the subtract or combine so. I’m gonna go with subtract now. What you can do. It will subtract from that, so it’s always the key thing is always remember to go to. Once you’ve done all your operation. With the pen tool curvature tool, etcetera, go to the move tool, deselect everything by clicking the artboard and then down to the liars, click the ellipse and then go back to the curvature tool or whatever, and now you can still manipulate the curvature tool. Do all the various things you know, we can do with the curvature tool and there’s that you chose about that. If you wish you can also add layer styles. So I’m just gonna add a quick bevel not gonna add anything nor so you can see where the curve dissolves still selected now. I haven’t touched any other tool as soon as you touch Nuttall. It will be set back to new layer, etc, and again you can add additional points to the curvature and again as I mentioned, there’s lots of tutorials about the curvature tool as well and you can manipulate thee. You can manipulate the inner part of that design as much as you wish and again, you could add with the combined shapes and the curvature tool, additional pass further away. Okay, select the move tool deselect. Everything everything’s deflected. Now go to the lips tool. Go to the layers pan should say and then select the ellipse and then go back to another tool, say circle or custom shape, etc. So I’m just go with a circle there and then go to the box there. The past operations and Merchants shape components, so that’s it, it’s all been merged into think well now. You’ve got that really quite unusual design. Maybe a nice logo for someone who knows what you can do is go to the direct selection tool and select all of the points, that’s what. I always like to do when I use the define custom shape, just down there to find custom shape because otherwise, what happens sometimes it’s selected. Sometimes it’s not so it’s that’s always it always find the easiest way of using it, so that’s it. You’ve got it, save to your choke palette, another shape this time, great another shape because I’m gonna show you Another set of features so make certain both of those shapes are selected, then go to the layer’s panel and combine shapes and this unite shape. So it’s basically the stuff that you’ve done before, but now you just got in menu structure and you may find this easier to use than the the other approach, so undo that, then go to layers again, layer menu, combine shapes and subtract front shape. Now just chops it away, so slices away. What, sir, everything is removed other than the circle. It’s not overlapped again. We both those shapes selected now. Cuz that you can create multiple. You don’t have to cook just it’s not just two two shapes you can use. You can use three or four, select them all and then go to the layer menu again and combine shapes and subtract and then all done chopped away so really reduce or mottled the circle you could, of course, use combine shapes as well just create another circle there and another circle again select both of those circles up to the layer menu and combine and now unite shape overlap. And again you get that the bit that’s overlapped, it’s just left. All the rest of it is gone, so you’ve got two circles bit where it crosses over. You’re saved, That’s it and again the opposite being again, layer menu, combine shapes and subtract shapes and overlap so anything that’s not overlapping is saved the bit, where it overlaps is removed, go to the direct selection tool and then you can go to merge shape components, that’s it. It’s been merged into a nice single shape procedure. Now all you can do. You can define that as a custom shape, you which? I hope you found this tutorial interest. 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