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?


Select the Pen tool.

Ensure the Pen tool's dropdown menu in the Options bar is set to "Path".

Click the Shape button in the Options bar, found to the right of the Pen tool dropdown menu.

Press that and presto :p

Photoshop CS6 Pen tool Options bar settings screenshot

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    This does not work with paths that are already drawn, as asked in the question. – Rahul Thakur Apr 20 '15 at 8:46
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    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
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    Ben's answer addresses paths that are already drawn. – Brian Fegter Sep 9 '15 at 4:32
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    This does work for shapes that are already drawn. There is the dropdown selector for new paths, yes, but the three buttons to the right ("Selection...", "Mask", "Shape") operate on the currently selected path. – Christopher Swasey Nov 2 '15 at 18:27
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    To see the shape button the dropdown box needs to be on path, not shape – Sarathi Hansen Jul 3 '16 at 18:05

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'd like
  5. Go to your Custom Shapes tool (cycle through pressing U)
  6. With the Custom Shapes tool selected, you will see 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 – user8795 May 25 '15 at 13:52
  • brilliant! and should be the accepted answer – bonbon.langes Jul 20 '16 at 15:50
  • I don't see how anyone could think that this process is easier than one click of the 'Shape' button... – BANG Jun 22 '17 at 2:19

If you created a path and want to turn it into a shape, make sure the path is selected, then go to LAYER > NEW FILL LAYER > SOLID COLOR > Name the layer and hit OK. You will now have a shape layer as desired.

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Using this method we can create a shape using a path...

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. – user8795 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! – Mensch Mar 31 '16 at 16:12

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