How to Manipulate Shapes in Adobe Photoshop CS6

By Barbara Obermeier

Adobe Photoshop Creative Suite 6 has several tools that you can use to manipulate shapes you have created. By using the variety of tools offered in Photoshop, you can quickly achieve your project goals. Here’s a quick list of the many things you can do:

  • Move: Select the Move tool (press V) to move shapes in their layer.

  • Delete: Select a shape and press Delete to remove it.

  • Adjust anchor points: Use the Direct Selection tool to manipulate anchor points, direction handles, lines, and curves.

  • Transform shapes: Choose Edit→Transform Path or with the Move tool selected, select the Show Transform Controls option on the Options bar to transform shapes.

  • Align and distribute shapes: Use Path alignment options on the Options bar when you have the Move tool selected to change alignment and distribution along an imaginary line (shown on the icons).

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

Remember that if you select the Fill Pixels option on the Options bar, you’ll be stuck with very limited editing capabilities.