How to export vector shapes from Photoshop tutorial

How to export Photoshop custom shapes / vectors tutorial in CC 2018 2017 2015 2014 CS6 CS5 etc

Vector export of shapes

How to export vector shapes from Photoshop tutorial
  1. Select the custom shape tool for export in Photoshop

  2. Set to shape layer option and select a preset

  3. Draw shape using the CSH tool

  4. Go to the direct selection tool in the toolbar

  5. Select all the points

  6. Edit menu

  7. Copy

  8. Paste into Illustrator

There are many ways of doing this such as libraries, path approach, export etc

 

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Illustrator path : pathsArtworks can be added as a path via the options at the top of the application or use the shape layer option

 

Select CSH tool or one of the other tools such as polygon. Select path option (top bar). Apply path as a layer. File menu and export and then go to the Paths to Illustrator

 

You can then use the resulting file in many other applications such as Illustrator and Affinity Designer etc. Once you have opened the generate the artworks, the AI file has no color fill or stroke.

 

You can add the color as well as modify them in Illustrator

 

CC libraries : librariesA quick way to save the CSH presets to Adobe Illustrator and other apps is to use the recently added CC libraries (found via the window menu).

 

Select the CSH tool. Select the layer option. Apply graphic to the current artboard. Select the layer. Drag to the CC library

 

You can then go to Illustrator and drag the artwork to the artboard and select the first option (convert layers to objects) to keep the artwork editable.

 

You will have to release the clipping mask etc and remove any bounding boxes (nothing is ever made easy) and then you can edit the artwork such as moving anchor points etc.

 

SVG : svgYou can also generate the artwork as a SVG file which is great for web pages etc

 

Select the CSH tool or rectangle tool etc. Select the layer option. Apply graphic to the current artboard. File menu and export and use the 'as' option and select SVG format

 

The SVG format can then be imported into AI as well as Dreamweaver (as used throughout this site with many a path displayed in SVG).

 

PSD : psd Probably the best all purpose formatĀ is PSD, the native Photoshop format. You can save raster and vector data with that format. Just use the save as command.

 

Create a graphic using CSH tool or rectangle tool or ellipse tool etc (using the layer option). Create some other layers. File menu. Save as. Layers ON

 

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