How to Edit Shapes in Photoshop Elements

By Barbara Obermeier, Ted Padova

You can edit shapes in Photoshop Elements that you create by using a variety of tools and techniques. Here’s a list of the things you can do to modify your shapes:

  • Select: Choose the Shape Selection tool to select one or more shapes in their layers. You can find this tool in the Tool Options along with the shapes tools.

  • Move: Choose the Move tool (press V) to move the entire contents of the shape layer.

  • Delete: Select a shape with the Shape Selection tool and press Delete to remove it.

  • Transform Shape: Choose the Shape Selection tool and select your shape. Choose Image→Transform Shape and choose your desired transformation.

  • Change the color: Double-click the thumbnail of the shape layer on the Layers panel. This action transports you to the Color Picker, where you can choose a new color.

  • Clone a shape: Hold down the Alt (Option on the Mac) key and move the shape with the Move tool.

To convert your vector-based shape into a pixel-based shape, click the Simplify button in the Tool Options or choose Layer→Simplify Layer. You can’t edit a shape after you simplify it except to modify the pixels. But you can now apply filters to the layer.