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Adobe Photoshop 2020: The Complete Guide Bootcamp

Lesson 25 of 118

Using the Shape Tool


Adobe Photoshop 2020: The Complete Guide Bootcamp

Lesson 25 of 118

Using the Shape Tool


Lesson Info

Using the Shape Tool

whenever I use things like the shape tool, which we haven't used, that I might as well down here is our shape tool. Let's say I want on the lips that means a oval or circle. I can click and drag like this, and with default settings, it's gonna create a brand new layer to put it on. I use the text tool. Same thing will happen so often times you have to go out of your way to not work with layers. If we don't want to work with layers, you can always merge things together That was choosing Merge layers from layer menu. So let's see what I might want to work on this. We just have a circle, but it looks pretty flat. Let's make it look like it stands out. I'm gonna create a brand new empty layer by clicking on the new layer icon. The bottom of my layers panel. I'll grab my paintbrush and I'm gonna choose black to paint with. I'll use a soft edged brush that's really big, and I'm just gonna paint some shading on top of the circle. Well, I want that shading toe only show up where the circle is ...

well on. I do the same thing we did to get a photograph to show up inside our text, which is layer create clipping mask. Then it only shows up inside the layer that's underneath. It's too dark. Well, that's when you go to the top of your layers panel and you have opacity and I can lighten it up. Then I could repeat that process, create a brand new layer, maybe change the color and painting with toe white. And now add a little highlight in there. It's too bright, so I lower the opacity, and I think I can see extending beyond the circle. So I go to the layer menu in Create clipping Mask. Now it can't go any further. And if I use my move tool, I can reposition both of those layers. I could move this one up here, try to put the highlight where I think it's best I can work in the layer that's underneath by clicking on it, movin around. It would be just right with both of them. I can adjust the rapacity control how much they show up, so now you can see how I can add a little bit more dimension to something and by using layers its most versatile. If I were to put all this paint on a single layer that I wouldn't be able to reposition that highlights separate from the shadow that's there to make this have more control. I wouldn't be able to adjust the opacity of the shady part separate from the highlight, and so it's really convenient to be able to work with separate layers. But if they ever get in your way, just select all the pieces that you think should be one part. Go to the layer menu in choose merge layers that will combine them together into a single layer. Finally, there is one other command you'll want to know about because there's a command that's very similar to merge layers. It's under the layer menu, and it's called Flatten Image. What the heck does it dio flatten? Image is going to throw away any layers that have their eyeballs turn off. So if I hide that circle that we made, it's going to end up being thrown away. When I end up flattening the image, then it's going to merge together all the layers that were currently visible so that when it's done, all we're gonna have is a layer called background, and you could think of that is finalizing your image. That's what happens if you ever choose Save As and you save this in a file format that does not support layers like JPEG file format. Also, when you choose save as there's just a check box within the save, as dialogue called layers. And if you ever wanted to flatten an image so you give it to somebody else and they don't have the pieces it was made out of, you could turn off that check box that was called layers in what you'd be saving out would not contain those layers, but to have the most versatility choose. Undo there and I'd keep my layers. If you want to keep your layers when you save your file, save it. Neither Photoshopped file format or tiff. There is no quality difference between those two choices. I personally used tiff Onley because the maximum file size you can create a tiff file is twice his biggest photo shop. So if you run into a really complex document, it might complain that you went above the maximum that a Photoshopped file format could be, and if so, you'd have to switch to Tiff. So I just used Tiff to begin with, but there's no quality difference.

Class Description

All individual classes that make up this bootcamp are also available here for individual purchase.


  • Develop an understanding of how Photoshop works
  • Create your ideal workspace
  • Configure the essential preference settings
  • Set up Adobe Bridge and Lightroom for optimal integration with Photoshop
  • Navigate multiple images seamlessly


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Ben takes you step-by-step through Adobe Photoshop 2020 as only he can. With an easy pace and zero technobabble, he demystifies this powerful program and makes you feel confident enough to create anything. This class is part of a fully-updated bundle – complete with 2020 features and more efficient ways to maximize the tools everyone uses most.

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  • Beginner, intermediate, and advanced users of Adobe Photoshop.
  • Those who want to gain confidence in Adobe Photoshop and learn new features to help edit photos.
  • Students who’d like to take ordinary images and make them look extraordinary with some image editing or Photoshop fixes.


Adobe Photoshop 2020 (V21)


  1. Introduction To Adobe Photoshop 2020
  2. Bridge vs. Lightroom
  3. Tour of Photoshop Interface
  4. Overview of Bridge Workspace
  5. Overview of Lightroom Workspace
  6. Lightroom Preferences - Saving Documents
  7. How To Use Camera Raw in Adobe Photoshop 2020
  8. Overview of Basic Adjustment Sliders
  9. Developing Raw Images
  10. Editing with the Effects and HLS Tabs
  11. How to Save Images
  12. Using the Transform Tool
  13. Making Selections in Adobe Photoshop 2020
  14. Selection Tools
  15. Combining Selection Tools
  16. Using Automated Selection Tools
  17. Quick Mask Mode
  18. Select Menu Essentials
  19. Using Layers in Adobe Photoshop 2020
  20. Align Active Layers
  21. Creating a New Layer
  22. Creating a Clipping Mask
  23. Using Effects on Layers
  24. Using Adjustment Layers
  25. Using the Shape Tool
  26. Create a Layer Mask Using the Selection Tool
  27. Masking Multiple Images Together
  28. Using Layer Masks to Remove People
  29. Using Layer Masks to Replace Sky
  30. Adding Texture to Images
  31. Layering to Create Realistic Depth
  32. Adjustment Layers in Adobe Photoshop 2020
  33. Optimizing Grayscale with Levels
  34. Adjusting Levels with a Histogram
  35. Understanding Curves
  36. Editing an Image Using Curves
  37. Editing with Shadows/Highlights Adjustment
  38. Dodge and Burn Using Quick Mask Mode
  39. Editing with Blending Modes
  40. Color Theory
  41. Curves for Color
  42. Hue and Saturation Adjustments
  43. Isolating Colors Using Hue/Saturation Adjustment
  44. Match Colors Using Numbers
  45. Adjusting Skin Tones
  46. Retouching Essentials In Adobe Camera Raw
  47. Retouching with the Spot Healing Brush
  48. Retouching with the Clone Stamp
  49. Retouching with the Healing Brush
  50. Retouching Using Multiple Retouching Tools
  51. Extending an Edge with Content Aware
  52. Clone Between Documents
  53. Crop Tool
  54. Frame Tool
  55. Eye Dropper and Color Sampler Tools
  56. Paint Brush Tools
  57. History Brush Tool
  58. Eraser and Gradient Tools
  59. Brush Flow and Opacity Settings
  60. Blur and Shape Tools
  61. Dissolve Mode
  62. Multiply Mode
  63. Screen Mode
  64. Hard Light Mode
  65. Hue, Saturation, and Color Modes
  66. Smart Filters
  67. High Pass Filter
  68. Blur Filter
  69. Filter Gallery
  70. Adaptive Wide Angle Filter
  71. Combing Filters and Features
  72. Select and Mask
  73. Manually Select and Mask
  74. Creating a Clean Background
  75. Changing the Background
  76. Smart Object Overview
  77. Nested Smart Objects
  78. Scale and Warp Smart Objects
  79. Replace Contents
  80. Raw Smart Objects
  81. Multiple Instances of a Smart Object
  82. Creating a Mockup Using Smart Objects
  83. Panoramas
  84. HDR
  85. Focus Stacking
  86. Time-lapse
  87. Light Painting Composite
  88. Remove Moire Patterns
  89. Remove Similar Objects At Once
  90. Remove Objects Across an Entire Image
  91. Replace a Repeating Pattern
  92. Clone from Multiple Areas Using the Clone Source Panel
  93. Remove an Object with a Complex Background
  94. Frequency Separation to Remove Staining and Blemishes
  95. Warping
  96. Liquify
  97. Puppet Warp
  98. Displacement Map
  99. Polar Coordinates
  100. Organize Your Layers
  101. Layer Styles: Bevel and Emboss
  102. Layer Style: Knockout Deep
  103. Blending Options: Blend if
  104. Blending Options: Colorize Black and White Image
  105. Layer Comps
  106. Black-Only Shadows
  107. Create a Content Aware Fill Action
  108. Create a Desaturate Edges Action
  109. Create an Antique Color Action
  110. Create a Contour Map Action
  111. Faux Sunset Action
  112. Photo Credit Action
  113. Create Sharable Actions
  114. Common Troubleshooting Issues Part 1
  115. Common Troubleshooting Issues Part 2
  116. Image Compatibility with Lightroom
  117. Scratch Disk Is Full
  118. Preview Thumbnail


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Madelaine Enochs

Ben's class has been extremely helpful for understanding how everything works in photoshop. I am so grateful for his classes. Easy to understand and thorough. Thank-you Ben!