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Photoshop: How to edit a shape when select again in its layer


Question

Maybe this question seems easily but I don't know why it doesn't obvious in my current Photoshop settings.

  1. I select shape tool and draw somethings (such as circle, rectangle ...). I see at this step, I see properties panel for change shape attributes:

toolbar toolbar

  1. I select another layers (for doing some work, so I lost focus current shape). And then I choose again new created shape layer. After that I choose Move Tool to select shape. I cannot see shape toolbar again for editing. I just see this toolbar:

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And here is my screen after I select Shape tool enter image description here

My question is: How can I select again shape and show shape toolbar for editing purpose ?

Thanks :)

2014/12/23
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12/23/2014 6:36:00 PM

Accepted Answer

Initially when you draw a primitive (rectangle, ellipse) you get the properties for that primitive. These are called "live shapes" in Adobe terms.

If you transform the shape, via free transform, it get's "baked in" and it is no longer a primitive or "Live Shape". It gets expanded, for lack of a better term, into a standard shape which is no longer "live". Customarily there is a warning telling you that the shape will no longer be a live shape. Are you missing that warning?

Once the live shape is expanded, there is no way to revert it to a primitive other than to redraw the shape with the Shape Tool so it is a primitive again.

Important Additional: Shape editing tools are only seen when a Shape Tool is the active tool. Switching to the Shape Tool will show the properties for live shapes again.

2014/12/23
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12/23/2014 6:12:00 PM