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Chapter 8. Painting and Drawing > Using the Cookie Cutter Tool

Using the Cookie Cutter Tool

Photoshop Elements’ Cookie Cutter tool isn’t exactly a painting or drawing tool, although right up to the moment that you press the Commit Transform button, it behaves in exactly the same way as the Custom Shape tool. The Cookie Cutter tool uses the Custom Shape tool’s libraries of shapes to create distinctive masked versions of image layers. The difference between the two (and it’s a biggie) is that whereas the Custom Shape tool creates vector shapes, the Cookie Cutter tool creates a raster image. So, although you can initially scale, rotate, and otherwise distort a Cookie Cutter shape just like a vector graphic, once you commit the shape to your image, the final result is still a raster (or bitmap) image layer. Once you understand the Cookie Cutter’s limitations though, it can still be a fun and useful tool.

To mask an image with the Cookie Cutter tool:


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