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Tue, May 10, 2011 2:39 AM

Photoshop Elements: REQ for easier way to create unfilled vector shapes.

The process of creating an unfilled vector shape is cumbersome, involving way too many steps, layers, effects, selections, etc.

What is needed is a much simpler method:
1. A checkbox in the tool's options bar to select "Unfilled".

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9 years ago

You can create unfilled shapes in by using Fill Opacity.

Create your shape, then go to the layer styles in the effects panel and choose
the Visibilty set and select Hide.

The three styles are Ghosted-50% fill opacity, Hide-0% fill opacity and Show-100%
fill opacity.

You can also use the keyboard shortcut Shift+number to adjust the fill opacity
of a shape layer from 1%-Shift+1 to 100%-Shift+0.

Shape



0% fill opacity (hide)



0% fill opacity (hide) with bevel or stroke layer style



MTSTUNER

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9 years ago

Yes, that's the cumbersome method to which I was referring.

I see that I should have been more specific in my description: I'm referring to the Shapes available from the Toolbox (U).

The tool's options bar would also need a setting for stroke width.

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9 years ago

If your talking about something like illustrator or fireworks for example, then while
that would be nice, photoshop and elements base the shape layers on pixels
and illusrator and fireworks use true vectors not based on pixels.

MTSTUNER

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9 years ago

You mean there are no vector shapes in PSE?
If not, then what exactly does PSE mean when it says a layer must be "simplified"?

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9 years ago

Answering my own question:
PSE does not use vector shapes as such, rather it uses vector-like masks.
The "simplify" action does what I suspected -- it converts the vector mask layer to a raster layer.

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9 years ago

I guess what i should have said, is that the actual shapes are vector (paths),
but that stuff like the color, stroke and such are mostly pixels in elements.

Anyway, i agree that having more control over the shape layers, like being able
to save layer styles or define custom shapes, for example would be nice.

MTSTUNER

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9 years ago

Yeah, I said "vector-like" because the shapes can't be edited like vectors (changing node types, adding nodes, etc.)

At any rate, having a simple "unfilled" checkbox option for the pre-defined shapes would expedite creating explanatory ellipses or rectangles on screenshots, for example.

There are some things that are easier to do with vector graphics, and adding in vector capabilities to PSE (as PaintShopPho has) would be a very nice thing. It would raise questions regarding loading times for PSE, complexity, etc., which is a whole other subject.