I am trying to use Photoshop CS5 to make a vector image of a garbage can. The garbage can will contain a few distinct parts that will be different colors and overlapping: A Lid, a can, and dark grooves on the can.

What is the best (or one good) way to model this in Photoshop? I have been using the Pen tool to make a bunch of Paths on a layer, but once I color in the paths with a color, then tweak the locations of the paths, I have to recolor them in and it is a disaster. I want to move already made selections and have the colors move with it. Is shapes what I want here? Sorry, I am a newb :)


  • Why would you have to recolor based on location?
    – Hanna
    Commented May 24, 2012 at 1:31
  • @Johannes Let's say I have a rectangle path and I color it gray, but then I want to make the retangle into a trapezoid, so I move the path. The color does not move with the resizing of the path, but I want the new trapezoid to be gray as well.
    – skaz
    Commented May 24, 2012 at 2:18
  • Change your pen setting from "path" to "shape" that should fix your problem.
    – Hanna
    Commented May 24, 2012 at 3:32

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Path: Notice how the path and color are disconnected.


Shape: Notice how the color fills to the path given.


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