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?


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

  • I guess you could bind a button to an action that will reproduce recorded shape of selection? Aug 12, 2013 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.


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.

  • No. I mean create custom shapes not predefined shapes.
    – Pete C.
    Aug 11, 2013 at 22:28

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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