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How to use live shapes in Photoshop tutorial

How to use a live shape in Photoshop CC 2018 2017 2015 etc. What is a Photoshop live shape. Well, the live shape is basically the same as a normal path but as a live shape (and this is only for rectangles and ellipses) they can be combined with other live shapes and remain as a live shape and you can then move and modify the settings for the live shape via the properties panel.

Live shapes in Photoshop

how to use live shapes in Photoshop tutorial
  1. Select the rectangle shape (or ellipse) in the Photoshop toolbar

  2. Select the shape layer option

  3. Apply shape

  4. Display properties panel (if not displayed)

  5. Set the corner settings (middle of the properties panel)

You can also change a limited set of properties such as the rounded corner setting for rectangles but say if you wish to change an anchor point by using the direct selection tool then the tool will display a message 'this operation will turn a live shape into a regular shape'.


Multiple live shapes

live shapes multiple and combined dashes

CSH format, download


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The Photoshop live shapes made of multiple live shapes can be moved and modified in numerous ways using the path selection tool as well as the path scaling command. How to combine multiple live shapes ? Simply go to the layer menu and use the combine command and then go to the properties panel and change the unite / subtract etc settings as required.

Path selection tool

The great thing about the Photoshop live shapes is that if you have multiple combined live shapes, you can select the individual parts by using the path selection tool (found in the toolbar) and then shift the artwork from one position to another position using the path selection tool.


path selection live regular shapesSadly with Photoshop CC 2018 2017 etc, the only live shapes are rectangles and ellipses (surely polygons are next in Photoshop CC 2018 ?) You can also combine the shapes with other sets


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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