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Photoshop Shapes - Add, Subtract, Intersect and Exclude

Photoshop Shapes – Add, Subtract, Intersect and Exclude

By default, Photoshop places each new vector shape we draw on its own independent Shape layer, but in this tutorial, we learn how the Add, Subtract, Intersect and Exclude options let us combine shapes in more interesting ways!

Photoshop Shapes - Vectors, Paths and Pixels

Photoshop Shapes – Vectors, Paths and Pixels

Learn the differences between the Shape Layers, Paths and Fill Pixels drawing modes for the Shape tools in Photoshop, and why one of them in particular is almost always a better choice than the others!

The Custom Shape Tool In Photoshop

The Custom Shape Tool In Photoshop

Learn how Photoshop’s Custom Shape Tool lets us add hearts, flowers, animals, snowflakes, music notes, copyright symbols and other useful shapes to our designs with no drawing skill required!

Photoshop Shapes And Shape Layers Essentials

Photoshop Shapes And Shape Layers Essentials

Learn the essentials of working with vector shapes and Shape layers in Photoshop, from drawing simple rectangles and ellipses to stars, starbursts, direction arrows, and more!

Align And Distribute Layers In Photoshop

Align and Distribute Layers In Photoshop

Learn how to easily and automatically align and distribute layers within a Photoshop document using the Align and Distribute options, and how layer groups make it easy to center multiple layers with the document itself!

Photoshop Layers - Layer Groups

Photoshop Layers – Layer Groups

As you add more and more layers to a document in Photoshop, your Layers panel can quickly become a cluttered mess of confusion. In this tutorial, learn how layer groups make it easy to keep things neat, tidy and organized!

Open Multiple Images As Photoshop Layers

Open Multiple Images As Photoshop Layers

Tired of dragging images from one Photoshop document to another? Learn how the Load Files into Photoshop Layers command, first introduced in Adobe Bridge CS4, can open multiple images at once as layers inside the same document!

The Background Layer in Photoshop CS5

Photoshop Layers – The Background Layer

Layers are easily Photoshop’s most important feature, but one special type of layer – the Background layer – comes with a few rules and limitations we need to be aware of to avoid confusion and frustration.

The Background Layer in Photoshop CS5

The Background Layer In Photoshop CS5

For Photoshop CS5 and earlier. Learn all about the Background layer in Photoshop, what makes it special, and how to get around its rules and limitations.

Photoshop CS5 Layers Panel Essentials

Photoshop CS5 Layers Panel Essentials

Take a whirlwind tour of the Layers panel in Photoshop and learn the essential skills you need for working with layers! For Photoshop CS5 and earlier.

Photoshop Layers - Introduction

Photoshop Layers Introduction

If there’s one thing every Photoshop user needs to know, it’s how to work with layers, Photoshop’s most powerful and important feature. In this intro to layers, we look at the difference between working with them and working without them!

Layer Opacity vs Fill in Photoshop

Layer Opacity vs Fill in Photoshop

Photoshop’s Opacity and Fill options in the Layers panel both control the transparency of a layer, but in this tutorial, we learn the important difference between them when working with layer styles!

Custom Shapes As Text Frames In Photoshop

Custom Shapes As Text Frames In Photoshop

In this Photoshop Basics tutorial, learn how to create more interesting text layouts in your designs using custom shapes as text frames, and watch as your text fills the area inside the shape!

Photoshop Layer Blend Modes Essential Keyboard Shortcuts

Photoshop Layer Blend Modes Essential Keyboard Shortcuts

Trying out different layer blend modes with our images in Photoshop can be lots of fun, especially when you know how to quickly scroll through and select them directly from your keyboard with these essential time saving shortcuts!

Combining Text With Shapes In Photoshop

Combining Text With Shapes In Photoshop

In this Photoshop Basics tutorial, learn how to create fun designs and interesting logos by combining text with custom shapes! You’ll learn how to convert text to a shape, how to add other shapes to text and how to use shapes to cut holes out of letters!