8 Replies Latest reply on Dec 16, 2013 8:57 PM by Jeff Arola

    Rectangle size


      How can I make a rectangle of particular size or resize the default rectangle?


      Also, how do I draw a rectangle with black line and no fill?


      Photoshop CS5 12.0.4 x64

        • 1. Re: Rectangle size
          Chuck Uebele Adobe Community Professional & MVP

          Drawing rectangles is much easier in CS6 and CC, which allow you to click once and a dialog box comes up to resize.  For CS5 it's harder.  When I was using CS5 I would either create a new doc the size i wanted the rectangle and then draw it to the full size of the document then transfer it over, or create some guide lines the exact size I needed - both methods are slow.  As far as a stroke.  In CS5, you have to do that through layer styles.  You can set your fill opacity to 0, if you just want the stroke.

          • 2. Re: Rectangle size
            Trevor.Dennis Adobe Community Professional

            Chuck it sounds like Patrick might be talking about Shapes. 


            Patrick, Guides are a huge help, and if you are draging out your rectangle, it will snap to the Guides.  Turn on your rulers and set appropriate units in Preferences.  If you don't want to use Guides, drag out the rectangle from the top left corner, and stroke it on a new layer.  You can move it into postition after.  To center it, select the layer and the Move tool, and use the Align tools in the Options bar.


            If you were referring to Shapes, come back and say so.

            • 3. Re: Rectangle size
              Chuck Uebele Adobe Community Professional & MVP

              Yea, Trevor, I was assuming he meant shapes also.

              • 4. Re: Rectangle size
                patrickw9 Level 1

                My specific issue is that I tried creating a rectangle using the "Rectangle Tool" which showed up as a black rectangle with no apparent sizing options (either before or after placement) or line/fill options. Then, when I went to Photoshop Help and entered the search terms "rectangle size", no results were found, so I tried entering my question in this forum.


                Is the "Rectangle Tool" what the two of you are referring to as "shapes"?



                • 5. Re: Rectangle size
                  Chuck Uebele Adobe Community Professional & MVP

                  The rectangle tool is a subset of shapes and paths.  You might have more luck doing searches on shapes, but CS5 does not lend itsself to sizing shapes very well.  If you are going to be doing a lot of this type of work, I would highly recommend you upgrade to at least CS6.  Like I said, you really need to plan ahead and create some guides the exact size you want, or a new document where you can draw the rectangle/shape to the full size of the document.  Resizing can be done, but you have to calculate the percentage - sometimes it's just easiser to create a new shape with the guides. As for the stroke.  CS6 allows shapes to have a stroke and no fill like Illustrator, but CS5 doesn't.  You have to use the layer effects (double click on the layer to bring up the UI).

                  • 6. Re: Rectangle size
                    Jeff Arola Adobe Community Professional

                    In photoshop cs5 you can type in a preset size before you make the rectangle by using the Geometry Options

                    set to Fixed Size.






                    You can also change size after drawing by using Edit>Free Transform Path or Ctrl (Cmd)+T

                    and change the width and height units to pixels either by typing in the value plus px or right

                    clicking in one of the fields and choosing pixels. 

                    That is if you want an exact size.


                    If you just want to change the size by eye, you can also just move the transform handles after going in the Free Transform Path.




                    • 7. Re: Rectangle size
                      Chuck Uebele Adobe Community Professional & MVP

                      I forgot about that Curt.  Nice!

                      • 8. Re: Rectangle size
                        Jeff Arola Adobe Community Professional

                        After you draw the shape you can go the layer styles to get the stroke by clicking on the small FX at the bottom of the layers panel.


                        Choose Blending Options and set the Fill Opacity to 0 (zero)







                        Then click on the word Stroke to see the Stroke options




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