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How to create a zigzag custom shape in Photoshop tutorial

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How to create a zigzag custom shape design in Photoshop CC 2017 2015 etc. Zigzags can be created by many methods. You can create a vector zigzag custom shape by using the new guide layout and then adding points to the zigzag custom shape by using the pen tool. You can create 1000s of different zigzag custom shapes by using this approach. You can then use the edit menu and define custom shape to define the artwork as a Photoshop shape. You can also distort all the points of the zigzag shape and then define that as a new zigzag custom shape. You can use the direct selection tool to move points and then use that to define a new artwork as well for future projects. This tutorial shows you a few ways to create zigzag shapes and then define them as custom shapes in Photoshop

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  1. Go to the view menu

  2. Snap on and snap to guides

  3. View menu

  4. New guide layout and 10 columns and 10 rows

  5. Select the pen tool

  6. Select the shape option

  7. Apply point to the document

  8. Use guides to add the next point in the zigzag in Photoshop



Basics of the zigzag shapes - the creation of a zigzag design

You can use most versions of Photoshop to create a quick zigzag, there are 1000s of different zigzag shape designs. How many points you add to the zigzag is up to you. It is a pity that there is no auto zigzag tool in Illustrator or Photoshop. In most cases, the zigzag is click, up a little and over click and down again and a little over and click again and so on. As well as 1000s of other variations. Always think that the guidelines help in the creation of the zigzags.

Zigzag custom shape 1

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  1. Click the far left middle point

  2. Go up to the next line above and across 1

  3. Back down to the middle line and move across 1 cell

  4. Up to the next row again and across by 1

  5. Down to the middle again and across by 1


You can then repeat the same action multiple times to create a very basic zigzag shape


  1. Select the direct selection tool in the toolbar and select the entire shape

  2. Edit menu and define custom shape for Photoshop


You can now see the Photoshop zigzag custom shape in the tool dropdown. Select the custom shape and set the fill to no color and the stroke to black and stroke width to 10 and set the align to center and set the cap etc

Zigzag custom shape 2

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You can make all kinds of zigzag shapes such as a more random zigzag custom shape


  1. Select the pen tool

  2. Click the far middle left

  3. Go to three or so rows up and click two columns across

  4. Go back down past the middle and move across by 1 and then click again with the pen tool

  5. Go up to past the middle by one row and across two etc


Anyway, you can see the zigzag is far more random and more extreme. Again, select all the points using the direct selection tool and use the edit menu and define custom shape command. Again, select the custom shape tool and shape layer option and set the fill to no color and the stroke to green or blue etc and then set the align to the center etc (or add dashes etc) such as the artwork on the right (with a shadow added)


Once you have your zigzag custom shapes, you can modify them using the direct select tool or transforms and then define them again as a custom shape

Zigzag Photoshop custom shape modifications

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  1. Select the custom shape tool and select one of the zigzags

  2. Create zigzag artwork in shape mode

  3. Select the direct selection tool in the toolbar

  4. Select one of the points in the zigzag shape

  5. Drag left or right or up and down

  6. Edit menu and define custom shape


Any number of variations can be created simply by selecting the points and dragging them into different positions.

Distort zigzags

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You can also distort the zigzags to create yet more unique zigzags.


  1. You can also select all the points with the path selection tool

  2. Edit menu and distort or perspective etc

  3. Edit menu and define custom shape (as on the right)

Other resources relating to zigzags

1. Zigzag custom shapes for Photoshop and elements

2. Zigzag font / eps shapes for Microsoft Word, Photoshop, psp etc

Sources and references

1. Zigzags on wikipedia