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How to disable live shapes in Photoshop tutorial

How to disable / remove live shapes in Photoshop CC 2018 2017 2015 etc tutorial - how to disable them and turn them into regular shapes

Disable live shapes

how to disable shapes (live shapes to regular) in Photoshop tutorial
  1. Select a live shape

  2. Go to the direct selection tool

  3. Select a point using direct selection tool

  4. Drag slightly (very slightly)

  5. Message will appear saying "turn into a regular path"

  6. Click OK to disable the live shape

If you want to change or convert a live shape into a regular custom shape then the direct selection tool is one quick way of doing it but it is not ideal as any change to the shape will change the actual design though if the snap feature is on then the edited anchor can be placed in exactly the same position for the regular shape as the live shape.

Define custom shape approach to convert live shape to regular

A quick way to convert any selected 'live shape' into a regular custom shape is to just select the entire design and go to the edit menu and define custom shape and create that and use that instead of the live shape, again, not really ideal but at least you have achieved the required result of converting the art to a regular shape.

CC Libraries and disable live shape

Another way of converting the live shape into a regular shape is to drag the artwork into the CC libraries and then dragging back the smart object, the contents of which will be a regular custom shape and not a live one.

Combine with regular path via pathfinder

Another way to convert a live shape into a regular shape it to combine it with a smaller regular shape

Custom shapes

1. Retroville / circular custom shapes

2. rosette / flower custom shapes

Other tutorials

1. how to add multiple strokes to a Photoshop custom shape

2. how to create a color LUT for use with color lookup in Photoshop


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