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I use pen tool a lot to create custom shapes and sometimes add a new path to the existing vector mask, but I only know to choose at the tool bar to switch between the two. Is there any quicker way to switch between the path and shape section with shortcut keys?

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I would like to create new custom shapes and edit existing paths without leaving the pen tool. Is that possible?

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I guess you could bind a button to an action that will reproduce recorded shape of selection? –  user1306322 Aug 12 '13 at 10:37
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Tap the u key for the Shape Tool

Tap the p key for the Pen Tool

These shortcuts are displayed next to the tool in the tool flyouts.

EDIT:

Custom shapes are created with the pen or shape tools. If you mean you want to choose "Define a Custom Shape" from the menu using a shortcut, then choose Edit > Keyboard Shortcuts and set a custom shortcut for the menu item. That's all there is to it.

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No. I mean create custom shapes not predefined shapes. –  Pete C. Aug 11 '13 at 22:28
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Ah, I think I found the way.

Because of my bad memory caused by working late in the night, I could not remember I could press control and select part of the path of the custom shape which I just created. Then I could do all the editing I wanted, including add a new point to the path, moving points, etc.

(And I have mixing that up with switching between Shape or Path at the tool bar. Silly me.)

Thanks for your attentions anyway.

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