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Creating a Shape From A Selection

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Oct 13, 2017

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I have made a selection using the Magic Wand tool in Photoshop CS3.

Does anyone know how I can create a shape from that selection?

Thanks in advance.

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With your selection made go to the paths panel and click on the symbol at the bottom to make path from selection

Then go to menu Edit > Define Custom Shape . In the dialogue , name your shape

It is now available to use as a custom shape

Alternatively - if you only need it once - instead of defining the custom shape after making the path select the pen tool then click Make shape in the options bar

This will add a shape layer in your layer stack

Dave

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Creating a Shape From A Selection

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I have made a selection using the Magic Wand tool in Photoshop CS3.

Does anyone know how I can create a shape from that selection?

Thanks in advance.

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Correct answer by davescm | Adobe Community Professional

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With your selection made go to the paths panel and click on the symbol at the bottom to make path from selection

Then go to menu Edit > Define Custom Shape . In the dialogue , name your shape

It is now available to use as a custom shape

Alternatively - if you only need it once - instead of defining the custom shape after making the path select the pen tool then click Make shape in the options bar

This will add a shape layer in your layer stack

Dave

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With your selection made go to the paths panel and click on the symbol at the bottom to make path from selection

Then go to menu Edit > Define Custom Shape . In the dialogue , name your shape

It is now available to use as a custom shape

Alternatively - if you only need it once - instead of defining the custom shape after making the path select the pen tool then click Make shape in the options bar

This will add a shape layer in your layer stack

Dave

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Well done Dave as usual faster than a speeding bullet lol,

Here's an actual example, but remember there is a limit to how complex a path can be

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1) Make selection

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2) Right click the canvas and make a 'work path'

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4) Keep the tolerance low for accuracy, but this will also result in more anchor points

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5)With path active 'define a custom shape'

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6) Give the shape a name.

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7) Choose the custom shape tool and your shape will be last on the list.

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😎 With the shift key depressed you can then use your vector shape.

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https://forums.adobe.com/people/Terri+Stevens  wrote

..................faster than a speeding bullet lol,

It's the coffee

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LEGEND ,
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now there was me thinking it was the crack cocaine lol

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https://forums.adobe.com/people/Terri+Stevens  wrote

but remember there is a limit to how complex a path can be

Selection can be very complex and converted to Paths and defined as Custom Shape.  The hard part is making a good selection.  I use a free program call potrace to Trace Grayscale images to create vector Paths.  Unfortunately Photoshop does not handle vector files like eps and svg well.  Potrace can create esp and SVG file  that AI could use but AI has its own trace feature.  In Photoshop All I can do is open these as a raster layer with transparency and load the layers transparency as a selection and convert to a path and define the custom shape.

Photoshop Script  Black and White Raster to Vector

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@JJMack Thank you for this! This program is amazing and saved my day!

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It would be even better if  Photoshop Supported SVG files as vector files. That if Photoshop could open them with vectors layers instead of a pixel layer.

Illustrator trace may be better I just use Photoshop. I do not install AI. AI can also be scripted so I would think that Potrace could even be used in Illustrator and AI should be able to open the SVG file you could have Potrace  create.  However, Potrace is more or less designed to trace grayscale images.  I only know AI has a trace feature I do not known how it functions.

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Thank you all for your answers.  My questions are now answered.

Thanks

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