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Creating a Shape From A Selection

Explorer ,
Oct 13, 2017 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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Community Expert , Oct 13, 2017 Oct 13, 2017

Hi

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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Hi

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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LEGEND ,
Oct 13, 2017 Oct 13, 2017

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

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Oct 13, 2017 Oct 13, 2017

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

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

It's the coffee

Dave

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LEGEND ,
Oct 13, 2017 Oct 13, 2017

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now there was me thinking it was the crack cocaine lol

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LEGEND ,
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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

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New Here ,
Jun 06, 2018 Jun 06, 2018

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

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LEGEND ,
Jun 06, 2018 Jun 06, 2018

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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.

JJMack

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Explorer ,
Oct 13, 2017 Oct 13, 2017

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

Thanks

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Community Beginner ,
Oct 23, 2022 Oct 23, 2022

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As of Cotober 2022 with Photoshop CC 2023 Whjen I try to do this the quick way since I only need the shape once. The option to make shape the way you explained is greyed out. Any idea of another way. Really don't need a new custom shape.

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New Here ,
Feb 16, 2023 Feb 16, 2023

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Its because you have to create the mentioned Work Path from the selection, have the path selected and then click on pen tool and it will be possible to make a Shape.

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