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When I draw a rectangle in Photoshop, it does not place it on any layer


Question

When I draw a rectangle in Photoshop, it does not place it on any layer. This seems like unusual behavior.

  1. Create a new document
  2. Unlock Layer 0.
  3. Click on Layer 0 so it's selected.
  4. Draw a rectangle in my document.

At this point there is still only Layer 0 in my layers tab. If I make a new layer, then delete Layer 0, the rectangle is still there.

What am I misunderstanding about Layers in Photoshop? In Illustrator this would have added a rectangle to the selected layer.

2015/03/27
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3/27/2015 12:25:00 AM

With a Shape Tool selected change the drop down menu in the Control Bar to something other than Path.

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If this is set to Path you merely get, well... a path. No layer will be generated for a path, only a path will be created (and will be visible in the Paths Panel).

2015/03/27
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3/27/2015 6:09:00 AM