A want to simply make squares and circle outlines on the “furniture“ layer.... I have anxiety trying to understand why such a simple tool is so damn complicated.
Just select all the layers you want one one layer in your layers panel and right click and 'Merge Layers' then you will have them all on one layer.
Thanks you all... I’m aware of those steps... to have to merge when I should be able to simply make a box without unselecting layers I don’t want to merge when you have 50 layers.....
Use the Shapes tools, but choose Path, rather than Shape, in the options. Make sue the Path is visible, select the Brush tool, and press Enter to stoke the paths.
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I have anxiety trying to understand why such a simple tool is so damn complicated.
There lies your problem Brian, Photoshop is far from a simple tool. The other guys have told you how to create an unfilled rectangle from shapes and paths, but I don't really understand why you don't simply draw a rectangular selection on your layer
Sure it takes longer than with a vector program , but Photoshop isn't a vector program. The other alternative if you want to draw many rectangles and vary the size and orientation is to create a brush.
Create your rectangle as a Vector Shape layer using Brad or Semaphoric's method. Here it's a shape but a path will work. You need a white background.
With the upper layer selected
Give the brush a name
And with the brush tool selected just click on the layer you want to add too. Using the square bracket key you can resize the rectangle and you can also use any color.
The advantage of using shapes and having a new layer created for each shape is that each shape remains editable. You can move them, resize them, change color, change the weighting of the lines...etc
If your layers panel looks unmanageable with lots of shapes just put them in a group, name the group "furniture" and collapse the group when not editing the individual items.