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How to record custom shapes actions in Photoshop / tool recording for the vector designs tutorial for CC 2017 2015 CS6 etc. This is for many versions of Photoshop such as creative cloud CC 2017 2015 CS6 etc. The key thing is the actions panel in Photoshop and setting the 'allow tool recording' for the shapes. Use the custom shape tool and create. If you wish to use the action with another shape then you simply need to change the name of the shape to the name used in the recording and then that will be used in the Photoshop actions. This tutorial shows how you can record the actions of custom shapes and then play them back over and over
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Display the actions panel
Go to the right side menu
Select the 'allow tool recording'
Now use the custom shape tool and create
Once this is done, the tool's actions are recorded though sadly not always in the way you would expect. If you use a shape marked as 'shape X' then 'shape X' is recorded and that is what the recording playback expects.
Display actions panel
Select the custom shape tool
Select the shape option
Select the required custom shape
Click the new action button in actions panel
Apply the tool as required
The position of the custom shape, the type, the color of the custom shapes etc are recorded.
You can see the steps of the action via the actions panel by expanding the recorded shape action. You will notice that the recording lists
'make fill layer' (that is the action of adding the shape). You can also expand that out as well and see all the information stored such as color, position, stroke details, name etc
Go to the recorded action
Expand out again to see all the details such as make fill layer in Photoshop
The Photoshop action records the name and if a path is called 'Shape 22' then it will use 'Shape 22' each and every time the action is run. If you have multiple shapes then change all those as well
Change the name of a shape used in the recording (so if shape X then use shape X in the layers panel)
Remove the previously named shape or rename that to something else
Select the action
Click the play selection
So you can just change any path to 'Shape 22' and then that will be used in the same position, same type and color. I would suggest changing the action to a name such as 'X' and then record a vector with the same name.
You can then, at any time, rename any other to X and run with a different vector artwork. One thing you should note is that the dimensions of the artwork is recorded so if you use a thin artwork in the Photoshop action then the replacement will also end up thin (even if they are wider than the original designs). If you want to create a similar look then the replacement path should be approx the same dimensions as the original.
It does make it whole lot easier if you name the item something unique instead of searching for a 'letters 1242' etc in a selection of 1500 vectors (it is a pity that the app does not allow for the movement of an artwork in the panel so you can add the items to the top of the panel for easy changing of the name)
The custom shapes recordings can be re-played over and over again to create all kinds of designs such as the grids on the right.
Change the shape name in the layers to the name used in the recording
Delete or rename the previous shape used (you don't want to have two shapes with the same name)
Apply the action
Go to the toolbar in Photoshop
Direct selection tool
Select all the shapes used in the action
Use edit menu and transform (if you wish) to resize selection
Go to the edit menu
Define custom shape
Give the custom shape the name used in the action
Rename or delete any previous with that name in the custom shapes panel
Repeat the apply of the action and repeat again if you wish
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