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Seeing Stars

You might be here today to see what Simon has to offer, but I have some bad news. Simon very kindly sent me 2 weeks worth of posts last week as he would be away this week. He didn’t factor in my stupidity however, and I posted last weeks and then deleted the email. So, until his return I’m afraid you get extra me … sorry..

So here’s a nice feature in Photoshop that I’ll eventually be using to make a star with, but I’ll show you some other bits and bobs along the way;

I’ve chosen the Polygon tool

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And I’ll be drawing the shape as a Shape Layer with 5 sides

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When I drag out the shape it’s pretty much as I would expect. I can turn it while I draw bur also use the Spacebar so that I can re-position mid draw too.

Like many other tools, Alt will draw from the middle and Shift will snap to an angle.

Of course I can change the 5 to any number I want, 3 will give me a triangle, 4 a square etcetera.

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I want a 5 pointed star so I change the ‘Sides’ back to 5 and then click the downward pointing arrow to reveal more options.

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And there is the check box to make a star. I’ll check that and I can draw a 5 pointed star

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Next I’m going to have a play with the Indent Sides box, first dropping it to 25%

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There’s another setting in there that I’m going to have a play with. I’ll set back the Indent Sides to 50% and the check the Smooth Corners box.

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I’ve drawn two stars here, one without rounded corners and one with. Handy if you ever wanted to draw Patrick Star I guess.

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Have a great day, I’ll’ see you all later in the week.


About Eric Renno (418 Articles)
Eric’s background in video editing with Adobe Premier led to his interest, and then obsession, with Photoshop. Starting TipSquirrel.com as a hobby he is proud to have gathered together and be a part of The Photoshop Nuts. Known as only “TipSquirrel” for two years, Eric ‘went public’ when he was a finalist in The Next Adobe Photoshop Evangelist competition. He’s also been a finalist in Deke’s Techniques Photoshop Challenge. While still taking on some freelance work, Eric has recently become a Lecturer at Peterborough’s Media and Journalism Centre where he enjoys sharing his knowledge as well as learning new skills. This realisation that he loves to teach has made Eric look at altering his career path.

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