How to Build Complex Shapes in Photoshop CC

How to Build Complex Shapes in Photoshop CC

One of things that you can do in Photoshop CC is to build complex shapes with ease. All you need to know is how to perform Step and Repeat command plus what are the available options for Path operations and how to combine shapes. There are and other useful time saving options and shortcuts, but I want to keep it simple for now. This tutorial should give you a base knowledge and idea how to build complex shapes when you need them and you do not have access to Adobe Illustrator.

First thing first: think how to build shapes, not how to draw them

The first thing I want to point is to think how to build shapes, not how to draw them because that will make your life much easier. Most of shapes that you may ever need is easy to create by combining few primitive geometric shapes like lines, circles, rectangles...

In this step by step tutorial I will use nothing else but Ellipse Tool. I am going to manipulate with circle and ellipse using Path operations and Combine Shapes plus Step and Repeat which is actually a secret command, not available from any menu or panel. Some people call this command: Array Tool but I have it associated with Step and Repeat. Here is one useful tip how to use this command. In the very next tutorial I will explain you what are the options when using this command and how to use them most efficiently.

Video tutorial: How to build complex shapes

Here is my tutorial on how to build complex shapes in Photoshop CC. If you have any questions or doubts do not hesitate to leave comments or to contact me.

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