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Shape tool not creating new layer

New Here ,
Jan 22, 2017 Jan 22, 2017

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Hello,

I can't seem to figure out how to make Photoshop CC create a new layer whenever I draw on top of a previous shape. So if I draw a shape it does create a new layer. But if I want to alter that shape with another shape it adds to the original shape..it does not create a new layer.

I just learned more about this. If I draw a shape regularly it does add a new layer. But in the video below I am holding shift to get a circle and it does not create a new layer when I do that. Is this normal? I just double checked and I'm not making this up.

I can do it manually but I don't always remember and that's a hassle. I created a 10 second video showing what I am talking about it that helps.

See here ==> Click for screencast

Any help would be appreciated.

If it helps I am using Mac OS Sierra

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Community Expert , Jan 22, 2017 Jan 22, 2017

If you hold down Shift before drawing a shape, photoshop thinks you want to add to the existing shape layer.

What you want to do is start drawing the shape and then press the shift key and photoshop will then create a new shape layer.

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Community Expert ,
Jan 22, 2017 Jan 22, 2017

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Moved from Cloud forum.

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Jan 22, 2017 Jan 22, 2017

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If you hold down Shift before drawing a shape, photoshop thinks you want to add to the existing shape layer.

What you want to do is start drawing the shape and then press the shift key and photoshop will then create a new shape layer.

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New Here ,
Jan 22, 2017 Jan 22, 2017

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Thank you! I just verified that works perfectly..I couldn't figure out what the variable was.

Thanks for the help

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Community Beginner ,
Jan 30, 2023 Jan 30, 2023

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Thank you! Easy non obvious solution😊

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Mar 24, 2017 Mar 24, 2017

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This did not work for me...

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New Here ,
Nov 16, 2017 Nov 16, 2017

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This didn't work for me neither, any other solution?

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Community Expert ,
Nov 16, 2017 Nov 16, 2017

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What version of photoshop and operating system are you using?

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New Here ,
Apr 07, 2018 Apr 07, 2018

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I am using Photoshop CS 6 portable

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Community Expert ,
Apr 08, 2018 Apr 08, 2018

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Adobe have never sold a version called Photoshop CS6 portable.  There are some hacked versions sold with that title. If you are having an issue using non-genuine software then we cannot advise you, as there could many things wrong with it  (including potential mal-ware but that is another issue)

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New Here ,
Jul 31, 2018 Jul 31, 2018

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I am having this problem, using Photoshop CC 19.1.5 with OS Sierra 10.12.6

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