These are the first, and second, in this series of Basic Photoshop tutorials I have planned. I will only continue if I get some positive feedback from people, though, so send me some e-mail and let me know what else you’d like to see here.
This tutorial will show you how to create shapes in Photoshop. I used Photoshop 4.0 for Windows. Some things may be done differently with other versions.

Shapes are easy to create in Photoshop. The process is not obvious, though.

Open a new graphic. Choose the selection tool and draw a shape. I’ve drawn a circleBasic Photoshop Techniques By Photoshop

Choose Edit,Stroke. This will bring up the Stroke dialog box Basic Photoshop Techniques By Photoshop

In this dialog box you can choose the width of the line you want and where the line should be placed. I chose 5 for the width and Center for the placement. This yielded the circle.Basic Photoshop Techniques By Photoshop

After choosing Selections, None you’ll be left with your shape Basic Photoshop Techniques By Photoshop

Of course, you could choose to fill the circle with a color or draw different shapes. Before applying the effects to the GrafX Design logoid and image map it looked something like.Basic Photoshop Techniques By Photoshop

I drew the shape with two selections. I first selected the circle shape then added a rectangle selection.
Tip: You can add to or subtract from selections by holding down the SHIFT or ALT keys, respectively.

I then filled the whole selection with black. I applied a Gaussian Blur (Filters, Blur, Gaussian) then used Image, Adjust, Levels to smooth out the circle and round the corners.

Once I had the shape I wanted I added the chrome effect, the lettering and the blue logo.

All of this started out with a couple of basic shapes, though 🙂