What is the purpose of the chain (lock symbol) between a solid color layer and its vector mask in the layer panel when creating shape layers with a shape tool? I'm just curious when locking or unlocking the solid color layer and its vector mask can make a difference.
My question was about solid color and shape layers which don't have pixels.
I figure the function of the chain is the same as the lock position button on the layer panel, it doesn't allow using the move tool that's all. The shape still can be moved with the transformation box or the path selection tools.
I don't understand what you said and your shape layer looks different then mine using CS5.
When the chain is deselected, I can't do anything with the move tool on the shape layer. This is the only difference I can find. Making the solid color uniform or not doesn't change anything.
Your example shows that you moved the position of the solid color, how did you do that? I can create a solid color layer and change its uniform look by applying an effect like gradient but I can't move the solid color itself around. How is this possible?
Sorry, I did not include a detail.
After you make your shape layer click on Layer > Rasterize > Fill content. You can now adjust what had been your uniform solid color to anything you want. Rasterizing the fill content changes the icon, as you noticed, and now you can move the shape relative to the fill.