How to combine shapes in Photoshop tutorial

How to combine / unite / merge Photoshop custom shapes layers using path operations tutorial CC 2018 2017 2015 CS6 CS5 etc

Combine / merge shapes in Photoshop

How to combine shapes in Photoshop tutorial
  1. Create a shape using the rectangle or ellipse or CSH etc tools in Photoshop toolbar

  2. Keep selected the shape tool

  3. Goto to the top bar of Photoshop and click the add to shape area button (or combine with CC 2018 etc)

  4. Add a new design using the CSH or rectangle tool etc and that will be combined / merged with the previous

Video tutorial on the subject by (youtube)


You can repeat this over and over with the 'add to' option set (now it is called combine in the latest versions of PS) and you will see on completion a single entry in the layer panel with all your rectangles and CSH vector designs and stars etc all combined. This can be the end but if you want it to become a single vector then you have to go to the same dropdown as the 'add to' etc and select the merge command and then you can define the new artwork as a new preset via the edit menu define command.


If you don't use the merge, you can use the path selection feature to move the individual paths around until you finally do apply that command. If you decide to change a path from combine to subtract etc via the same menu then you can once you have selected that individual path with the direct selection tool.


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It should be noted that you make certain that the 'combine' or 'add to shape' area is set as it does occasionally when you change tools, go back to the new layer option and this will not work


Another approach to the unite is to select all the layers and then go to the layer menu and combine the shapes using the unite command


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