Sick of the preset shapes Photoshop has? Well, it could be time for you to venture into the realms of custom-made Custom Shapes!
This is easier than it sounds and involves a selection to kick things off. They’re ideal for illustrations and scrapbooking.
Shapes can be saved to use at any point in your artwork, and they’re also vector-based which means they can be resized to any dimension without losing quality.
Pick either the Quick Selection tool or the Magic Wand tool. For something as busy as a tree for example, try using the latter of the two.
Start to form the selection from the inside out. When using the Magic Wand, hold Shift to continually add to the selected area. Press Alt/Opt to remove any errors.
To turn a selection from a bundle of marching ants to a Path, Ctrl/right-click inside its area and choose the option Make Work Path. Press OK in the pop-up box.
Now the Path has been set, go to Edit and down to Define Custom Shape. The Shape Name box will open. Enter a straightforward name such as Tree.
Open up a blank document, or keep the current image open, and select your Custom Shape tool (U). In the Options bar lies all the presets and custom-made shapes. New shapes appear at base of this window. Apply the shape holding Shift to maintain proportions.