How to create shape fragments in Photoshop tutorial

How to create fragments of paths from shapes etc in Photoshop CC 2018 2017 2015 2014 CS6 etc tutorial

Create shape fragments

How to create shape fragments in Photoshop tutorial
  1. Select custom shape tool to create shape fragment

  2. Set to shape layer or path (top bar of Photoshop / control bar)

  3. Go to the middle of the top bar (custom shapes options)

  4. Select either 'add to shape area' (or as it is now known as combine) or subtract from area option (depending on the design)

  5. Select the subtract option to remove existing area from the shape (use a circle, square etc to remove) creating a much reduced fragment of a vectior design in Photoshop

Video tutorial about the subject by (youtube)


Using fragments of paths can be a great source for new PS graphics. It can also be saved as a preset via the edit menu define command.


Buy $9.95 13,000 Designs for use in PS and PS Elements and all can be used in this tutorial CSH gallery

You can use the combine / add etc feature as well as subtract to create all kinds of unique 'parts' from any design. They key thing is that you use a vector layer or path.


Another approach to the above is to select two vector layers and then use the layer menu and combine shapes command and subtract command.


You can select multiple paths and then go to the layers panel and select those. You can then go to the layer menu and use the combine category and select the subtract command and all the latest selected artworks will be removed from the first design selected.


The image on the right is a graphics from the 13,000 presets collection and it is surrounded by circles created using the ellipse tool. The ellipses are all subtracted to create a much smaller design.


You can also use the "delete anchor point tool" to remove a point from a vector graphic, reducing the art to a small sliver of vector art. You can delete multiple points simply by using the tool and clicking the anchor points. If you delete from a live ellipse etc you will see a message pop up. You can repeat the delete multiple times.


The artwork on the right was created by using the direct selection tool to select some parts of the earlier design and then delete key was pressed removing part of the design. The end result will be an open path though (there is no close path feature in PS)


This was repeated with other points in the path. You can then define the resulting chunk of a path


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