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When you create a shape in Photoshop Elements 11, you’re creating a vector-based element. Shapes reside on a special kind of layer called, not surprisingly, a shape layer. Photoshop Elements 11 offers an assortment of shape tools for you to choose from.

Follow these steps to draw a shape in your document:


Select a shape tool from the Tools panel.

You can also press the U key to cycle through the tools. You can select from the shape tools shown in the figure.


In the Tool Options, click the down arrow above the (W) and (H) fields to specify Geometry Options.

Each shape has its own options.

If you chose the Custom Shape tool in Step 1, click the down arrow to access the drop-down Custom Shapes panel, also shown, and choose a shape. You can access more preset shape libraries via the drop-down menu at the top of the panel.


Select a color from the Color drop-down panel on the Tool Options.

Click the color wheel icon at the bottom of the panel to access the Color Picker for additional color choices.


Select a style from the Style Picker drop-down panel.

To spice up the shape with bevels and interesting edges, choose a style from the panel.


Drag in the document to draw the shape you’ve defined.

The shape appears in the Image window on its own shape layer. Check out the Layers panel to see this phenomenon.

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