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I want to create a scalable version of the shape above in Photoshop. I tried creating a path and filling the stroke but that wasn't very smooth. Is there a way of creating this as a vector or something? Thanks in advance!

P.s. I'm using CS4

  • This is actually not very easy to make as a Shape element in photoshop cs 4. In fact, this is kinda difficult to make in any version of photoshop ( assuming that the slight corner radius that I'm seeing is real and not an illusion ). If you have illustrator, that's what you should use to do this.
    – Joonas
    Apr 27, 2015 at 7:37
  • If you don't want the rounded corners, it's pretty simple. You could use this method. In step 2, just replace the shift+alt+arrow key shortcut with copy&paste and before step 3, use Free transform to make the pasted shape smaller. Then just draw another path to subtract one of the sides. Or extend the inner path with pen tool. Either way, it's easier in Illustrator. Vector elements can be copy&pasted from Illustator into PS as shapes or vector smart objects.
    – Joonas
    Apr 27, 2015 at 7:46
  • Thanks Joonas. Really wanted the round corners too. Will try and do it on illustrator. Appreciate your help!
    – User24231
    Apr 28, 2015 at 20:41
  • There are other ways to do this in Illustrator, especially in the newer versions, but this should work for you: 1. Apply Effects > Stylize > Round corners... to your shape. 2. Use Direct selection tool to select one of the sides. Delete it. 3. In the Window > Stroke, select a round end Cap.
    – Joonas
    Apr 28, 2015 at 21:08
  • I just wanted to ask that why creating such shape in Photoshop is much, why you aren't trying this in illustrator?
    – Lightcoder
    Dec 8, 2015 at 20:25

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It would definitely be easier to do in Illustrator, since there you can use Stroke, which then can be expanded to Fill.

But here's how I would do this in Photoshop
Notice: You'll need “Corner Editor” script by @shadowxaf

Using Polygon Tool with 6 sides (polygon tool) create two shapes (use Shift to align it properly):


Apply rounded corner to the first polygon using Corner Editor script:

Outer Polygon

Apply smaller radius of rounded corner to the second polygon:

Inner Polygon

Now subtract smaller polygon from the bigger one:

Polygon Subtraction Process

And here's a bit tricky part. We need to cut one of the sides of the polygon, here's a process of doing this:

Polygon Cut Process

You can alter round corner radius (mine was too big) and sizes of polygons on each step to make it look more like the shape you need:

Final Shape

And that's it. Hope it will help!
But again, this would be a much easier to do in Adobe Illustrator (it can do few of the steps above automatically)

  • Thanks a lot darkwark! Really great guide. Appreciate it :)
    – User24231
    May 4, 2015 at 15:56

If you choose the custom shape tool, you could choose the hexagon and draw out a vector version. Then, by pressing A on your keyboard, or I get the point selection tool, you could delete the bottom left line from the shape. Then, from the fill and stroke options you could turn off the fill and choose a stroke colour and weight...

This would give you a vector version of the shape you want.

Then if you right click the layer and convert it to a smart object, when you scale it the stroke will scale with it.

Steps for the above

  • Thanks for your reply! Unfortunatley, this doesn't leave a gap in the cut out edge, photoshop joins the edges for the stroke
    – User24231
    Apr 27, 2015 at 23:15
  • It should definitely work, I have edited my answer to show the steps in photoshop. I hope this helps.
    – abbott567
    May 4, 2015 at 9:58
  • This being said, I have just noticed the corner radius on the anchor points, if those corner radius' are not just a blur and are actually there, and they need to be there, then I would definitely go with Darkwark's answer.
    – abbott567
    May 4, 2015 at 10:04

I would do this using line tool as shape, put the guides you need as anchor and it is done really quick, not need to work on hexagons.

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  • I'd argue that in this case creating an hexagon first is much easier, the shape OP asks for IS an hexagon just missing one segment. You'll have much more work to get your shape correctly.
    – Luciano
    May 19, 2017 at 12:10
  • @Luciano my shape is incorrect since I stretched it, was just to give an idea, you can draw lines and make a symmetric hexagon leaving the last segment. May 19, 2017 at 13:54

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