There is a lot to the preset shape tool, it
has many options and modes to it.. I will try to cover most in this
tutorial. As you see below when you click on the arrow next to the
preset shape tool button it drops down and has 4 choices of tools.
The #1. is Rectangle or Square, #2. is Ellipse or Circle, #3. has
Symmetric shapes, which are polygons or stars of which you can
choose how many sides you want to make them.
Below I drew out a rectangle for the sample below,
I had the show nodes checked also and
create on Vector. Vector shape is something
that you can edit the shape of. you can't do that on Raster layer.
Below you see the outline on the rectangle and the nodes on
each corner. if you put your cursor on a line you will see the lil
wavy line that means you can move the object. if you RIGHT click on
the line and you get the pop up box, the sample below. Edit Mode,
Draw Mode, Convert to path, and Apply... you need to click the
Convert to path.. that way you can move the nodes around and change
the shape of the object.. before you start moving nodes though. make
sure the edit mode button is clicked
Below, this was a rectangle with the nodes on each
corner I ADDED a new node.. to the top. How you do that is put your
cursor where you want to add a node, hold the Ctrl button down till
you see ADD... and click.. make sure you have the EDIT arrow clicked
on the tool option bar. Then a node appears, where you were
This below was an oval that I added nodes to and
made a heart. You will see that a node has a straight lined arrow
through it... you can pull out each end of this line and it will
affect the shape of the object a certain way.. you will have to do
HANDS on to see what I mean. You can move it by moving the main node
or each end of the line.
Working with Vectors, most people cringe.. but
that's how you can create your own original designs. and art work.
Its fun once you get into it..
Here are some samples of some of my vector
The boots and cowboy hat were from a tutorial I
did lots of years ago.. I worked 18 hrs on the boots lol and 10 on
the hat.. ok ok I was dense then haha....
#1. Presets: You can save your own settings
on making a shape .
#2. Apply: when you get the nodes moved
where you want.. and it looks like you want.. you hit apply.. and
all the nodes disappear and its set.
#3.Mode: the EDIT arrow,
#4. Two options for Rectangle shapes,
, Ellipse shapes
and Symmetric shapes
#5. Check the Show NODES or Create on
Vector.. You have to create on vector if you want to be able to edit
#6. Horizontal Radius and Vertical Radius..
*This is to do with rectangles and squares* is what size your
shape is... you can fine tune the shape exactly.
#7. Radius X and Y and Center X and Y
*has to do with ellipse and circles*
this is placement on the canvas window..
# 6, 7, and 8 depends on if you have rectangle,
ellipse, symmetric or preset shapes selected
#10. Width.. this is width of the outline
around the shape.. you can have it turned off
if you want.
#11. Keep Anti alias checked all the time it makes
the edge of the shapes smooth.
#12 Join.. don't affect the shapes, same
with Miter limit.
I hope you venture into doing some vectors.. its
REALLY FUN.. trust me lol till the next tutorials