Step and Repeat Custom Shapers’ in Photoshop

A simple step and repeat process for an endless array of custom shapes.

Step and Repeat Transformation

  • Start with a Custom Shape (Preset) Outline
  • Ctrl + Alt + T (Mac: Command + Option + T) to transform
  • Rotate, Scale or Adjust the center Reference Anchor and commit transformation
  • Ctrl + Shift + Alt + T (Mac: Command + Shift + Option + T) repeatedly for an array of repetitious overlays.

The normal use case for this step and repeat transformation is for creating symetrical or evenly spaced elements within the same vector object (or bitmaps) as demoed here at Planet Photoshop. But when duplicated and positioned you can create some pretty exotic shapes. See exaples below.

Exotic examples:

Give the process a go and have fun!

Create Table Styles in Photoshop

If you ever had the chance to create a table in Photoshop you will soon find yourself dabling with a score of tools just to get the job done.

In three routines you can create similar tables styles like the following, with ease.

To get acquainted with the three step routine, please visit a short video demo over at Layers Magazine.

If you ever had the opportunity of creating a table in Photoshop from scratch (multiple boxes, multiple type Layers and so fourth) is a hugh chore and daunting to keep organized.

As demoed:

  1. A simple shape (preferably the Rectangular Shape Tool), intersected by lines: Subtract from Shape.
  2. * Apply type using Type in a Path to the ‘subtracted’ areas.
  3. Apply Blending Style (Layer Effects) to the Shape.

* Type in a Path is a CS and up feature

Time savers:

  1. no need for multiple boxes/shapes
  2. no need for nudging/alignment and combined with Character Panel attributes (like Left, Center, Right) makes positioning a breeze
  3. no need to style individual areas and duplicating the original shape with alternate Styles for variants (see attached download)

[download id=”23″ format=”1″ autop=”false”] : 10 samples in one zipped .psd file.

Once downloaded, unzip and open the .psd file, toggle the visibility of the 10 different Layers for variants.

For each variant scour through the Blending Styles I used for each one – unlimited combinations and opportunities.

Enjoy.

Create Table Styles in Photoshop

If you ever had the chance to create a table in Photoshop you will soon find yourself dabling with a score of tools just to get the job done.

In three routines you can create similar tables styles like the following, with ease.

To get aquainted with the three step routine, please visit a short video demo over at Layers Magazine.

If you ever had the opportunity of creating a table in Photoshop from scratch (multiple boxes, multiple type Layers and so fourth) is a hugh chore and daunting to keep organized.

As demoed:

  1. A simple shape (preferrably the Rectangular Shape Tool), intersected by lines: Subtract from Shape.
  2. * Apply type using Type in a Path to the ‘subtracted’ areas.
  3. Apply Blending Style (Layer Effects) to the Shape.

* Type in a Path is a CS and up feature

Time savers:

  1. no need for multple boxes/shapes
  2. no need for nudging/alignment and combined with Character Panel attributes (like Left, Center, Right) makes positioning a breeze
  3. no need to style individual areas and duplicating the original shape with alternate Styles for variants (see attached download)

Download Table Style variants: 10 samples in one zipped .psd file.

Once downloaded, unzip and open the .psd file, toggle the visibilty of the 10 different Layers for variants.

For each variant scour through the Blending Styles I used for each one – unlimitted combinations and opportunities.

Enjoy.

Auto resizing pasted or placed documents in Photoshop

Ever have the issue of pasting/placing an image inside Photoshop only to have to Transform it to ‘fit’ to document size?

Well one workaround is to go Edit > Preferences > General and tick the Resize Image during Paste/Place option.

With this feature enabled you don’t have to manually free transform or resize pasted or placed images – Photoshop will do the ‘fitting’ for you.

Obviously, best suited for the case when the image pasted/placed is larger in dimension than the target document size.