I know there are several questions that ask this - so far the answer has been "impossible", but in one of them there was an allusion (or... illusion?) to being able to do so in the cc edition.

I have the cc edition, if only on a trial basis.

I have a shape selected - it is a white "rectangle", with a drop box and so forth. Rectangle is in quotes, because to me it is a rectangle, but I do not know how the rectangle was created.

As seen here:

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I want to resize this (which was harder than it needed to be - i had to go to edit - free transform.

But when i drag the image, the rounded corners go bonkers! I read in this answer - see the comments that it should be possible to edit the corners now.

But i do not know what to press... in the pictures i found on youtube, it looked like when i opened "properties" i should be able to see the transform options.

How do i make this simple image bigger and with a rounded corner?

  • I don't think a lengthy process of scaling up this box has any benefits compared to simply drawing a new one in the size you need with the radius you need. Which would only take a few seconds.
    – KMSTR
    Sep 17, 2014 at 15:01
  • @bharal what is this A| symbol on you right panel for text? How do I get it? Feb 5, 2016 at 8:17

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I don't know why your Properties options don't have the radius section. I think Emily is on the right track, in stating that your "shape" may in fact just be a layer mask on a filled layer. My Properties option box has a separate "Shape" section in it (see below).

I would just create an actual shape and scrap what you have there with that mask, but if you do insist on using what you already have, the best way that I can see to resize it and still maintain your radii would be by moving the points on either side of each radius. I have to disagree with Emily here, I ALWAYS avoid rasterizing - at all costs.

Use the Direct Selection Tool for this, as pictured below:

Select this group of Anchor Points to adjust the rectangle's size horizontally. Hold down the SHIFT key, to drag the points in a straight line.

vice-versa for vertically

Like I said, I always try to avoid rasterizing and instead prefer to work with shapes, smart objects, and layer masks. This keeps everything scalable and is also a non-destructive way of working.

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    No properties because it is a shape layer and not a vector layer. They are different in terms of editing capabilities. But this is an excellent method to resize shape layers and what had to be done before vector layers were introduced.
    – Scott
    Sep 17, 2014 at 17:58
  • Yea, @Scott, I realized the reason for them not seeing the same options as I did was because of that, which is why I went in and edited my answer a bit. I'm old school, myself. There were no vector layers, when I was teaching myself this stuff, so this method is what I've always known. Thanks for the input!
    – Manly
    Sep 17, 2014 at 19:00

Try rasterizing the layer. There looks to be a mask, not necessarily a shape. I hate the "shape" tool and prefer the "marquee" tool > adding a new layer > fill with color.

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