I have created an Arc using Pen Tool in a new layer. I want to fill and the convert it into a shape for further manipulation.

I tried "Ctrl + left click" on layer to select the stroke as well as invert select, to select shape/stroke outline, nothing happened.

I'm entirely new to Photoshop CS5 and graphic design.

Your guidance would be appreciated.

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Photoshop CS5 / Windows 7


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If you are trying to save the shape for further manipulation, all you need to do is name the path in the Path window so it won't get overwritten when you create another shape.

If you don't see your Paths window go to Window > Path to show it.

To create a shape with the pen tool from the start, make sure the Shape Layer icon is selected.

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  • 2
    Thanks for your answer. You can also add "right click stroke created and choose fill stroke" ;)
    – Omar
    Commented Sep 21, 2013 at 18:05
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    No problem, welcome to GD!
    – ckpepper02
    Commented Sep 21, 2013 at 19:07

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