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Photoshop for Designers: Working with Shapes

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Overview

Watch this course to learn the ins and outs of creating professional designs and artwork using crisp, scalable vector shapes in Photoshop.

Shapes are key to the most iconic graphic designs in history. They're also the secret weapons of busy designers, enabling them to whip up cool, crisp graphics quickly. Watch this course to learn the ins and outs of creating professional designs and artwork using scalable vector shapes in Photoshop. Nigel French demonstrates the fundamentals of drawing and manipulating shapes; achieving various artistic effects using blend modes, layer effects, masking, and Smart Filters; and combining shape layers with pixel-based imagery and typography. The lessons also showcase practical applications for shape layers, including posters and logos, and ways to create custom shapes.

Syllabus

Introduction
  • Welcome
  • Using the exercise files
1. Creating Basic Shapes
  • The Shape tools
  • Live Shape properties
  • Rectangles, rounded rectangles, and ellipses
  • The Line tool
  • Polygons and stars
  • Fill and stroke
  • Custom shapes
  • Pen paths
2. Editing Shapes
  • Convert shapes to paths and vice versa
  • Invert paths and shapes
  • Copy, select, move, and transform shapes
  • Path Operations
  • Edit a custom shape
  • Align and distribute shapes
3. Designing with Shape Layers: Part 1
  • Blend modes and shape layers
  • Layer effects and shape layers
  • Filters and shape layers
  • Smart Objects and shape layers
  • Convert type to a shape layer
  • Type and shape layers
4. Designing with Shape Layers: Part 2
  • Create web buttons with shape layers
  • Create guides from shape layers
  • Create a web with shape layers
  • Shape layers as clipping masks and vector masks
  • Create a collage with shape layers
  • Use shapes to clip multiple layers
5. Working with Custom Shapes
  • Create a shape with Adobe Capture
  • Create a custom shape using Illustrator's Image Trace
  • Other ways to create Photoshop custom shapes
  • Manage shapes with the Preset Manager
Conclusion
  • Goodbye

Taught by

Nigel French

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