Fills and Strokes in Shape Layers


Adobe® Photoshop® CS6 New Features


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Fills and Strokes in Shape Layers

Another thing that is definitely geared towards designers and designers have been hollering for this one four years is the ability no, this isn't craig's family suffering because it reminded me of his family what designers have been wanting to do for years is too easily create strokes as well as dashed and dotted lines so I'm gonna show you how to create this stroke around this girl's face great way to point out hey that's me in the photo and the ability to create like I said dashed and dotted lines ok, so you've had to use illustrator for that for years so this little marquis that I've made is actually a stroke in photo shop so in cia six we have the ability to change the feel and the stroke of shea players and shape players is simply a layer that you've created in shape drawing mode with one of photo shop specter tools okay, so we'll go back over to the easy file first okay, so here let's take a look at my layers pale over on the right hand side we have the layer here called a lips o...

ne and in its layer thumbnail you can see what's on the layer will preview the layer content and you can also see this interesting new little badge here this isn't even see essex and that simply telling you that hey this is a shape layer shape players are neat and that if you click one and you have one of photo shops, victor tools active and your victor tools, you've got two of them really the type tools, another one that we won't mess for the types. All right, now you've got your pin tool hey looks like the penta leading an illustrator. It lets you create shapes based on point s and pass thie other one our photo shops built in shape tools. Now I used these guys more often than not. I'm not a huge fan of the pin talks. I'm not an illustrator, I don't freehand draw a whole lot of art from scratch, but boy, for those folks who d'oh it's, an amazing tool. So anything you create with these built in shape tools or this mental over here, you can tell photoshopped hey, when I get finished drawing this thing that I'm drawing, why don't she put it on its own layer? And in which case it creates a shape player shea players you can resize them infinitely without ever having the edges get pixellated or jagged and and see a six you can apply, fills and strokes to them and because you have the ability to customize the kind of stroke that you apply and stroke is just a fancy way of saying, outline or border, guess what we're talking about because you can change that, you could double click a shape player and as long as you have one of the ventricles active, you get a slew of phil and stroke options in the options bar and because you can customize those struck options, you can create dashed and dotted lines and a combination of dot dashes and dots if you want. We've never had that ability and photo shop before, so let's, go ahead and take a look at how I created this. I'll go ahead and turn off the layer that I made by clicking it's visibility I and for tire protest me all the time when I'm teaching photo shot world hey had a last circle myself in the picture and I'm like really this's high on your list okay before what you would have to do is you could use, say, the elliptical marquis tool create a new layer so we can just do that together use the elliptical market will hold down the shift key to draw a perfect circle and then you would have to apply a stroke to this election and the way you could do that is by going up to the edit menu and choosing stroke. Then you got this dialog box and let she said the width of the stroke or the line you could click the little color swatch to choose a new color from the color picker okay so just keep in mind all these steps that we're having to go through right here can we might make a for pixel ring and then you get to set the location of the ring do you want the actual stroke or the outline to apply on the outside of your selection do you want it? Tio straddle your selections so in other words, if we add a for pixel stroke to this circle and we chose a center two pixels would be outside the selection in two pixels would end up inside this election ok, so the stroke straddles this election. Choosing inside means that the stroke is gonna happen on the inside of the selections the whole thing okay, so you pick your location and if you want to change the blending mother and again blending must change how color on one layer interacts with color on other layers you know in blah, blah, blah and so forth that would indeed get the job done. But now let's say you want to change the color of it or you want to change its size or anything like that you can change its size that because what we just did is pixel based meaning we've got dots in there if you resize it you can resize it to a point where it becomes jagged and pixelated see how that's becoming fuzzy on the edges well that's kind of a drag right so you've got no ability experiment with this kind of thing everything you do requires you to start over if I want to change the color of that there's no way change the color and I have to start over I could try loading that layer as a selection and filling it with another color but then I would it probably wouldn't change the color all the way around the edges I'd have a little bit of the old color left around the edges with the new color and it would be a nightmare all right so that's the old way we're not going to do things like that so the new way is tio tried on over here grab one of the shape tools now the shaped holes have been around forever very few people use them so we haven't ellipse tool in while the tool itself looks like an oval you can make a circle with it okay if you hold down the shift key you will create a perfect circle so let's grab the ellipse tool now let's trot up teo the top of the screen and let's take a look at all these options okay? So any time you have one of the shops vector tools like we said earlier one of the built in shapes or the penta ll you're going to see this pop it mean you right here this lets you tell foot a shop what you wantto have happened the minute you're finished drawing whatever it is you're about to draw do you want photoshopped to put that shape on its own layer in which case you to shape and that's what we're doing do you want photoshopped to create a path which just means an outline that you could then colorize not what we want in this situation do we want to fill that with pixels no because that would be the same thing is what we just did with the elliptical marquis so let's leave it set to shape the's air the three drawing modes that you can put photo shop specter tools in so leave it set to shape the next option you have over here in all this stuff is new ok what we're seeing here for a vector tools this was not in see us five here we have a phil option so before even draw my shape I can click the little down pointing triangle and decide what color I want so this is like a fast track to your swatches panel case what's picking up all the colors that I have in there you've got four options appear atop no feel case that's got a red line through that universal no icon do you want to fill it with a solid color thing you could click solid color and then at that point you could come down here to your swatches panel and choose what color you want it to be could be anything at all if you don't see the color you want to use in this little swatch area then you can click this button right here to open the color picker and you can choose another color you can also choose to fill your shape with a great aunt and this opens a little bit of a disabled grady and editor I say disabled because you don't get all the options that you get when you open the rial grady and editor so if I want to add a big radiant philae khun simply click one of my existing radiance or create my own by tweaking this grady and preview down here you can even tell photo shop if you want the grady in't what direction you wanted to go in do you want it to be linear radio increase it from the center out so on what angle you wanted to be what scale reverse that if you want with this button right here in other words, if we wanted to apply uh well let's say we wanted to apply this grady and right here which goes from blue teo teo yellow to try to look like crume well if we wanted it to go from yellow to blue to reverse it then we could just click this button right here just flip flops the grainy and colors in the opposite way you can also choose to fill a shape with a pattern okay, so these are a few of the built in patterns, and while you think you could use the sole gear sprocket, tow load, more patterns, amusing, back out a little bit, it seems like he would be able to load more the built in pre cess using this menu, but they're really hard to find this way. Okay, so you really don't want to be loading additional things into this area? I'll show you a better place to load additional radiance patterns and so forth here in a second, but you can get tio a lot of different things from this little handy drop down menu right here, so we'll go ahead and go back to a solid color film with our nice world blue color, and you could just click the little down reporting triangle next to that little rectangle of color to close that meaning back up. Now, we're actually we don't want to feel we want to stroke gently, so let's, turn the phil off. Now we can cruz over to the stroke little section, and we get the exact same interface, which is nice. So here again, we can have a solid color stroke, which is what we want in this example, you can have a great aunt stroke, which I you know, that might be good if you're building a button that say you want to make it look shining, you might want to apply grady into that outer outlined tio to complete that three d type effect you can just like with the phil options stroke with a pattern, I can't really imagine what that would look like that nevertheless, it can be done, and again, if you don't see the option that you want, you can just click this button to bring out the color picker. So now what we've got are solid color stroke going on here. We can use the next little field to tell photo shop how? Why do we want that stripped and it's in points? Okay, so we can just say six and you don't have to type in a unit of measurement it's gonna default two points. You don't have to type the pt like we had to type themed of measurements back in the crop tool. You don't have to do that. The other options you have appeared dolls in back in the syllabus you can see is what kind of a stroke do you want? Do you want a solid line? What would you like, so go ahead and click that little downward pointing, trying all right here, and this is very exciting to designers. Because they would have to pop into illustrator toe have this functionality but not anymore so you can choose to make your stroke dash lined dotted lines and as we look at on the next file you can customize the length of the dashes and the space in between them and that's how you create dotted lines. Okay, so for right now we're gonna leave that set toe solid line if you know the width and height you want the shape to be weakened ill that in right there these other options, these air, all new little poppet made news right here. I'm not going to cover these uh much because I think we covered them in the last class but nevertheless, the's items that are in these newman news right here usedto all be sprinkled on the options bar. Okay, all this stuff used to be just root level in the options bar you could imagine that made the options are pretty jam packed with options, but so now adobe has offloaded them into four little pop down menus to try to clean up and make the interface a little less overwhelming. Not real sure there's successful with the overwhelming apartment ok, so let's zoom back out so now we can draw our shape ok, so let's, go ahead and click and hold down your mouse button and drag diagonally downward to create your shape, if you want to create a perfect circle or a perfect square, then hold down the shift key as you're dragging and you can actually press and hold the shift key even when you finish drawing the shape. If you still have your mouse button depressed, okay, so when I released my mouse button photo shop is going to create a new layer see it popped up over there, my layers panel automatically, so I haven't drawn a circle on top of my photo that I don't want to be permanent, and you'll notice that even though I've drawn the shape, I still have all those options in their live, which means that if my stroke was too thick and it isthe, I can change it on the fly after I've drawn the darn thing, which is just amazing now to do that, you obviously need to have that layer active in your layers panel, and you still need to have a vector tool active, so if I'm on that layer and I switched to another tool that say, the move tool and I'm moving my circle around, I don't have all those options up there because I don't have the current tool active, so then I could simply go back down here to the ellipse tool in my options, pop right back up. Okay, so we could change this to whatever we want we can change the color simply by clicking the stroke little color swatch change something else pink if we want again change the size we decided still too thick and if we'd like to try a dotted line instead we can do that too okay now I mentioned that these little pop down menus appear the filling stroke or not really a great place to load more presets I'll show you a better place once you have a shape player in your document and again you know it's a shape player because it's got that funky little square with a little re sizing handles on the layer thumbnail itself you can simply double click that so if I double click that the color picker automatically opens and I can change color here as oil I can change color here is well maybe that we're only works on phil we'll give that a shot so let's turn off our stroke and then we'll turn on a feel solid color and now let's see if it changes so I'll double click the layer thumbnail of the shape player go up to something in the pinks there we go so that method works on feels not really strokes but it also we'll work on the grady and so let's say we wanted to fill that shape with grady instead so we have that shape player active we still have one of photo shop shaped tools active click the little phil icon in the options bar turn on the grady and now I'm just gonna pick one of the ones the default presets that we have in photo shop ok, not really the grady and I'm looking for here but to load additional grady and go over to that shape player and give it a double click this time instead of the color picker you get the grady in't phil dialog box, which really does give you access to all the other praecis that air in photoshopped solenni she let's say I want to change my grade and I'll click the downward pointing triangle I get what looks like this same little poppet many that I could get in the options bar it's not the same because look at the difference in the menus in the gear sprocket if I click that little gear see there's all the built in grady insist you can't get to those by using the phil feature in the options are so that's a little bit of a quirkiness I don't know why I e don't we topped off the bottom half of that menu, which is you know, one of the most useful parts of that menu is a quick way to get to the other pre cess that air lurking in the program anyway, but you just can't get to them easily in the other spot, so what's the lesson there in that long and drawn out explanation is that if you create a shape player and you want to fill it and you want to use a grady int and you want a load more grady and process, just fill it with any dad gummed, radiant, and then come over to your layers panel and double click the layer some nail of that layer and then load your presets from this style on box, because now I can come down here and I can load all kinds of wonderful pre says that I might want to use for my grady and that I just couldn't get teo from the options bar. Ok, so let's, do that one again, let's say, we've got this image and you want to send it off, but you want to circle yourself in it, we're going to come over here to the tools panel, we're going to grab the ellipse tool. Now you can set up all the formatting before you draw the shape, just like we did, you could edit it after the fact, so go ahead and turn off to feel the stroke is still on we'll go ahead and lower that, since we know that's going to be too thick, click hold on your mouse button, press the shift key drag to draw a circle and if you want to move it around, grabbed the move tool scooted over. And then again, if you want to edit the stroke or fill of that shape, then you have to switch back to the vector tool. Make sure that shape players active in your layers, panel. And then you will see all of these wonderful new options appear in the options bar so I can come over here and make that stroke a little bit thinner if I want to, you know, I'm gonna go ahead and open this other documents have already opened it, and if you look at my layers pale here, you can kind of see how I made it. I've got a text layer here, type player rather that's are now playing text. Uh, looks like I've got a shape layer here, so that's our oval at the top, it has a phil and a stroke on it, and then the big marquee, I can see another shape layer down here. You see, this is another instance where later filtering would be would come in hand because I got a bunch of layers and I'm trying to hunt for the shape layers in order to show you how I did it so I could choose kind from the layer filtering menu and turn on shape players and so now you're only seeing the shape players in the document which is nice, right? It's not is distracting and overwhelming. So for the big marquee, what I did was I used the rounded rectangle tool and photoshopped cleverly names the layers according to the tool used to draw them so that's nice so I know I used a rounded right tangle tool that would really suck it that just said shape tool which one did I use the square angle right there trailer right trying over the rounded right angle what I do so here I've got uh a grating it phil on that rounded right tangle and then I've also got a stroke on it and the stroke is where these dots are coming from, okay, so let's look at how to make that and then we'll take some questions on all business, okay, someone turn off my layer filter here so we can see everything and I was going to turn off a few things we'll play like we're creating this from scratch all nd the blend mood change that I applied to my photo to make it kind of see through so you could see the photo through that grady and that I feel the safe with okay, so we'll turn off our photo temporarily and we'll turn off some of this other text so now you can see just the shapes that we made okay, so we'll turn off, surrounded, right, tangle and will turn off this one, and I'll turn my photo back on just so that I can see the size, but I need to draw my shape and also delete the mask and will create the mask. All right? So let's say you opened up this photo and you made your document bigger so that you've got room to work with and add extra things around the edges, so let's, go over to our tools panel and once grabbed the rounded right, tangled tool, and we're not going to mess with these settings before we draw our shape, because let's, say you're experimenting, and you're really not sure what you want, so make sure that this drawing pop up menu is set to shape because that is going to make photoshopped, create the new layer and tv these filling stroke options, click and drag diagonally within your image to draw the shape. And I will tell you that while you still have your mouse button held down and you're in the act of drawing the shape, you can move it around by pressing and holding the space bar, then you can drag your mouse around, and that will move the shape while you're in the process of actually drawing it, so let's say, this is good right here? Actually, I'm gonna and do that and change my radius radius when used with the rounded rectangle tool that she control how rounded those corners are okay higher number means more rounding a lower number means less rounding ok so I've got a radius of forty pixels going on here now I've got rounded corners there we go so there's our initial shape well we want to feel it so let's go ahead and click the phil icon we want ingredient in it so let's go ahead and click the grady and tool now because I loaded those grady ints a moment ago when we had double clicks the layer thumbnail of our shape player the grating it said I want to get out are already here okay but fears are just go ahead and picking a radiant and then you can double click the layer thumbnail that open the grating editor so we'll go ahead and click this purple one here that looks good and now let's go ahead and add our stroke so come over here and click this little swatch and what color do we want our stroke to be? We want to stroke to be white close that up how big do we want our stroke? Well, I don't know yet because I wanted to be dots and I don't know how big I want those dots to be because I want him to look like lights on the movie marquee so I'm gonna go ahead and hop over to the stroke options, and I'm going to choose dotted line, okay, so I've already got dots going on. We'll start certainly you're big enough, okay? And their ways to close together. All right, so what I'm gonna do is go ahead and pump him up and make him a little bit bigger let's say fifteen points, ok, now we've got honking big dogs, but they're still too close together and they're crashing into each other on the edges and we don't want so now let's, go back in the stroke options and you'll see all kinds of of settings that you can tweak here in this little pot down menu, a lot of which were accessible in that stroke dialog box we saw when we were doing this the pixel method with the elliptical marquis. Ok, so you've got a position which here is called a line so watch my little dog is I choose different positions or locations, which is really what this man you should be labeled so right now my dots are appearing on the inside of my shape. If I choose the second option, my dots are now straddling my shape, okay, if I choose the third option, my dots will appear on the outside of my shape, so really I wish this said position and this said inside center outside really what they should be labeled as nevertheless what we want for this little goofy and there's that I made iss center so they're centered these next two options that you can tweak you probably won't need to use thes awful lot be caps option lets you control the way the line is capped ok so if the line were to end you could use that menu to determine whether the line ended in the abrupt straight line if it had a roundness to the edge of the line or if it had square edges that were a little bit bigger than align itself to make circles or does those line caps need to be rounded that's what's making the circle it's really a tiny it's a dash that surrounded on both sides that's all a dotted line is in photoshopping teacher pay so we'll leave that that cat menu alone corners is kind of similar corners lets you determine the shape that photo shop uses when you join two lines okay so we're two lines joined are they going to be you know like when a straight line turns a corner okay is that corner going to be sharp is it going to be rounded you know what exactly is that join pointer that corner point gonna look like that's what that mean you let you control we're not gonna miss those right now we're going to click the more options button this is where the real power is, because this dialogue boss lets you customize the length of the dash is in the space in between. Ok, so if I want a little bit more space between my dawes, I can simply type a new number into the gap see how the dots spread apart. If I want less space, a type a lower number now my dots are kind of crashing into each other, all right? So I'll show you another. I'll show you a way to create a dash dot dash dot line here in a second. You could do that too, and that's how you do it by tweaking the length of the dash and the size of the gap in between your dash is that you can do that. Ok, so let's say for this marquee that we really do want a dash of zero length because what we've got now is to cat points and a gap of two and these air in in points, I believe if you create a line that you would like to use again later, then you can save it is a pre set by clicking the save button right here, so that's handy if you come across a really cool line, you don't want to have to memorize how the heck you made it. Save that sucker is a pre set so you can use it again later when you say that is a preset, it'll show up right here so it'll be easily accessible, so we'll go ahead and click ok, so we're looking pretty good here with our marquee. The only problem is we can't really see our photo through it, so we're going toe move our photo up in the layer stack and we're gonna change the photos blend mode so that becomes a little bit of see through ok, so we're going to choose a color burn and that gives us the color of the radiant almost applied is an overlay across the across the photo, so it gives it a nice slick and these air just, you know, crazy little file that I may just to show off this stuff because it's fun, the next thing we're going to do is let's go ahead and add an outer glue to kind of make those white dot look like their lives because they were global this we can do that through layer styles, so we'll click the effects button at the bottom of the layers candle and we're going to choose outer glow when you're doing this at home, I highly recommend playing with all these settings in the layer style dialog box with your favorite beverage perhaps on a friday or saturday evening when there's nothing else to d'oh see, this is like a race okay laugh and stayed here again all right? So the settings that I used for this I had a no opacity of about thirty four percent I had a pretty big size for my glue about one twenty five and then I changed the technique that photo shop is using to create the glow you can see the glow start to appear outside the our fake lives so what I did was I changed the technique to precise and it's going to give a little bit of a a cast is going to get a little bit of a shape to those lights a little bit more than I had and then yeah that's how we'll deal on that okay, so I impress ok now the problem that we've got here is that you can see the edges of the photo outside the shape all right so this is another trick for you this is also how you give a photo rounded edges just if that was all you wanted to dok you would use you could use the right the rounded rectangular shape uh, tool but we've already used that over here to make our marquee so I'm simply gonna command or control on a pc command on a mat control on a pc that shape players thumbnail toe load that is a shape and then while I have that photo layer active I'm gonna add a layer mask and that's it so if I zoom in now, you can see that we don't have any of the photos edges extended beyond the shape because I've actually applied a layer mass to that is exact same as the shape okay, so we'll do that part again because that's really, really handy. Okay, so here we are on our photo I want to mask the photo in the shape of that marquee that we drew so you can command click the thumbnail of the shape layer or control, click the family, all the shape player on a pc. As soon as you get marching in, take a peek back in your layers, people to make sure that you're on the later that you want to effect, because whatever you do next is only gonna happen to the currently active layer, so we do have our photo layer active. Now we're going to add a layer mask, which is going to hide these little corners of our image, not going to delete them, so we don't want to go deleting pixels on a photo at all ever. But if you change your mind so we can simply add a layer mass by clicking the circle within a square icon at the bottom of the layers panel and that will mask our photo to the selection, the shape of the selection that we had that we got from our shape player so now the other thing that we did not much more to two now we could go ahead and draw that he lives at the top so let's go over to our tools pain elin list switch to the ellipse victor shaped tool come up teo the arian our document we're actually gonna draw the shape click and drag I'm not gonna hold the shift key down and make it a perfect circle because I don't want it to be a circle I wanted to be an oval go ahead and release three mounts button and now you can begin the formatting with those filling stroke options so uh stroke looks pretty good it's probably what I had before but let's go ahead and fill it so click the phil button and now if you can find the color that you want to use in this menu go ahead and use it but what I like to do a lot of times a snatch a color from the image rather than just pick an arbitrary color that may not already live in the image so you can open the color picker by clicking the rainbow button at the top right once the color picker opens if you mouse away from it and under your photo look what you get you get an eyedropper so if I wanted the inner fill of that shape to be the same pinkas I'm seeing in this photo I simply come down and click it and snatch it I do that all the time because if you're applying an interesting are creating an interesting background or edge if it for a photo and you're trying to pick colors for that interesting edge affect your background it's gonna match if that colored lives in the photo it's gonna look good rather than you trying to remember your color theory classes from design school I don't know about y'all but I was a long time ago for me so I do that a lot so go ahead and click ok as soon as you do photoshopped fills that layer and then you can go on and you can add your text I won't put you all through that looks like you didn't make the shapewear quite big enough turn your checks back on but again since we used to shape player can I resize it without the edges getting pixelated? Absolutely okay, so I'm on the new shape wear that I made I can simply choose edit free transformed path don't worry that it says path just don't even think about it or just press commander control t you got there sizing handles I can make that thing as big as a billboard and the edges will be perfectly smooth they will never pixel ate so that's another thing is you get the ability with shay players to resize them so it's great for experimentation and then if I was doing this for real you know we might position that a little bit better and then I added a drop shadow and all kinds of other fun things too but that's how you can use dashes and dots in your document and I promised you that I would show you how to create dash dash dot dash somebody used the regular old line tool for this make sure the drawing motive set to shape because that's the only way you're going to make photoshopped create a new layer for your line and give you those filling stroke options so for the line will go ahead and turn the field off I believe the strokes that teo blue that's fine we're going to make it a little bit bigger so that you guys can see so let's go ahead and make a regular or rectangle there you go make the stroke a little bit thicker so you guys can see and now we're gonna go back to the stroke options and we'll go ahead and click more options and to create a dash dot bash situation you have to at least choose either the dash for dash dash dosh I made anywhere dash are dotted preset in order for these things to be active or you just click dash line you know either one so to make a dash dot dash you need to enter something like zero yes no, not through three, three, one three o one. See how we've kind of got dash dot dash, and this is a whole lot of experimentation to get these things right, because, again, the dash is simply you're telling it dash length, and then for gap, you're saying how, how far of space, how much space do you want? In between the next dash and to make a dot? Youre dash length needs to the zero so that's. How you can make a dash dot dash, whether or not you'll ever need to do that in the photo shop is anybody's guess, but by gosh, you, khun d'oh!

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