How to Draw Multiple Shapes in Photoshop Elements

By Barbara Obermeier, Ted Padova

After you create a shape layer in Photoshop Elements, you can draw additional shapes on that layer. You can add, subtract, overlap, and intersect shapes in exactly the same way you do with selections. Just follow these steps:

  1. Select your desired state button in the Tool Options.

    You can choose from the following options:

    • New Shape Layer: Creates your initial shape layer.

    • Add to Shape Area: Combines and joins two or more shapes.

    • Subtract from Shape Area: Subtracts one shape from another shape.

    • Intersect Shape Areas: Creates a shape from only the areas that overlap.

    • Exclude Overlapping Shape Areas: Creates a shape from only the areas that don’t overlap.

  2. Choose your desired shape tool and draw the next shape.

    Complete the shape by adding the face, as shown.

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