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I drew paths thinking i was drawing a shape but later realized it is only a path. Now i could create a temporary shape like a box and paste this in and delete the box path. But just as there is a option to convert path to selection, is there an option to convert the selected path into shape?

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up vote 22 down vote accepted

Go to Pen tool. You have a button called Shape on top.

Press that and presto :p

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This actually works much better than the others. Not sure what the downvote was for on this answer. – cclark413 Jul 17 '14 at 17:08
Perfect and simple solution... ^^ what he said! Upvoted. – Red2678 Sep 12 '14 at 16:02
This does not work with paths that are already drawn, as asked in the question. – Rahul Thakur Apr 20 '15 at 8:46
It works with paths that are already drawn, what are you talking about? Use the path tab in the layers window or go window -> paths. – Coreus Jul 10 '15 at 8:25
Ben's answer addresses paths that are already drawn. – Brian Fegter Sep 9 '15 at 4:32

When created vector path just create a solid filled layer in adjustment layers.

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Not sure how it is in CS6, but try this:

  1. Go to Window > Paths
  2. Select the path you created
  3. Go to Edit > Define Custom Shape...
  4. Name it if you like
  5. Now go to your Custom Shapes tool (cycle through pressing U)
  6. With the Custom Shapes tool selected, you will see a the Custom Shapes Picker icon
  7. Click the arrow to open the Custom Shapes Picker.

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Your new custom shape will be at the bottom.

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After having created a path, deselect it and switch to the pen tool. Draw a single point outside the canvas (for the sake of easily finding it later). This creates an [almost] empty shape shape layer. Switch back to your path, hold CTRL and marquee select every point in the path, then copy the path information with CTRL+C. Switch back to the shape layer, hold CTRL and select the single point you made, then paste the path information with CTRL+V. Finally delete the single point you created in the first place. Done.

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this trick looks new ill try – Muhammad Umer May 25 '15 at 13:52
This is brilliant! Thanks! – Brian Fegter Sep 9 '15 at 4:31
brilliant! and should be the accepted answer – bonbon.langes Jul 20 at 15:50

Bthese method we can create shape using path.....y these method we can create shape using path.....

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look at the top answer there is a better way to convert path into shape than saving it permanently into symbol than dragging it to stage and deleting the path already there. – Muhammad Umer Nov 1 '13 at 17:24

If you are using Adobe CS6 the fastest to do that is by using the pen tool and you can find above is the button shape click on it and it will convert your path to shape.

If you like to return the shape into path just go to windows->paths and delete shape 1 shape path similar name and it will go back to path.

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Please add a screenshot to show where the tool and the named buttons can be found. Welcome to GD.SE! – Kurt Mar 31 at 16:12
Thanks I updated my answer – Fil Mar 31 at 22:36

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