The Rectangle Tool creates rectangular shapes and paths (shape outlines).
In the Toolbox, select the Rectangle Tool.
In the Options bar, choose a drawing mode: to create vector shape layers
click the "Shape layers" button; to draw paths (shape outlines) click the "Paths" button; to create rasterized shapes in current layer click the "Fill pixels" .
In the Options bar, click on next to button to set geometry options.
Choose a color for your shape*.
Drag on the image.
When creating multiple shapes, use selector in the Options bar:
Create new shape layer
- to create every new shape in a separate layer
Add to shape area
- to create mutiple shapes in the same vector shape layer.
Subtract from shape area
- to subtract shapes from the current shape
Intersect with shape area
- to intersect new shapes with existing one(s) in the same
Exclude overlapping shape areas
- to create new shapes in the current shape layer subtracting
To apply some special effects to created shape layers, choose
a style in Style picker (on the Options
When creating paths, you can select
exclude overlapping modes.
Working in Fill pixels mode you can also choose in the Options bar
opacity and blending mode.
Tip. Just in case you didn't know, the Rectangle tool is also available in Photoshop Elements that is way cheaper version.
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