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Different colour sections within a shape.

Jul 6, 2013 11:13 AM

Tags: #shapes_tool #customized_color

I need to create a positive space triangle in photoshop. I know how to create a triangle and fill it with colour but I don't know how to make different sections within that shape so I can assign different colours to each section (a positive space triangle has horizontal bars of each colour of the rainbow inside it).

  • Trevor Dennis
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    Jul 6, 2013 2:31 PM   in reply to WoolfLover

    Lots of ways to do it, but the easiest is to:


    • Place a new layer above the shape layer.
    • Ctrl (Cmd) click the shape layer to load it as a selection.
    • Run a gradient down the selecting in the new layer, with the required gradient preset.


    If you want to do keeping each section as a vector:


    • Make several copies of the shape layer.
    • Pull out guides (from the rulers) to mark the sections.
    • Use the selection tool (A) to drag a box around the unwanted points in one of the shape layers, and delete those points.
    • Use the Pen too to join the broken ends of the shape segment.  (See this HELP page)
    • Repeat for other shape segments on other copies of the shape.


    Personally, I like to keeo things as simple as possible.

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    Jul 6, 2013 2:35 PM   in reply to WoolfLover

    What version of photoshop are you using?


    Perhaps a Gradient Overlay layer style or Gradient Fill Layer would work.

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    Jul 6, 2013 3:01 PM   in reply to WoolfLover

    In addition to the above, see this thread about constructing hard-edged gradients.

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