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Chapter 13. Getting Creative with Type > Creating Shape Layers

Creating Shape Layers

When you convert a type layer into a shape layer, the type layer is converted into a layer with a vector mask. In essence, Photoshop fills the layer with the color of the text, and then creates a vector mask to define the type. Once created, the vector mask can be edited just like any other vector shape.

Create Shape Layers

Open a document containing a type layer.

Select the Layers palette, and then select one of the type layers.

Click the Layer menu, point to Type, and then click Convert To Shape.

IMPORTANT When you convert a type layer into a shape layer, Photoshop removes the type layer and replaces it with the shape layer. You gain the ability of manipulating the image as a vector shape; however, you lose the ability to edit the type.

Click the Vector Mask thumbnail in the Layers palette, and then edit the mask using any of Photoshop's Pen tools.


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