How to Make a Star Shape in Photoshop

You might need to know how to create a star shape in Photoshop at some point because it’s just so useful. You can use it as part of a graphic logo, add it to a background, or simply use it as a symbol. 

You probably won’t see the Star option on the shape tool menu, but don’t worry, I’ll show you where to find it. 

In this article, you’ll learn how to make a star shape in Adobe Photoshop using three different tools. 

Method 1: Custom Shape Tool

Open Photoshop and start a new document first. Select the Custom Shape Tool from the Tools palette after that. Then, from the settings menu, select the star form such as the 5-point white star. 

Click and drag on your document to draw your star. Hold the Shift key down while clicking and dragging to adjust the size of your star. The default fill color is white, you can change the color to any color you like. 

Method 2: Polygon Tool

The Polygon Tool in Photoshop can also be used to create star shapes. You may make any kind of polygon with this tool, including stars. 

Select the Polygon Tool from the toolbar to start using it. You can either click on the canvas to change the polygon’s number of sides to 5. 

Method 3: Pen Tool

In Photoshop, you can also make a star shape by using the Pen Tool. Any shape, even a star, can be made using this tool. Select the Pen Tool from the Tools panel to start using it. 

While clicking on your document, hold down the Shift key and add anchor points to your shape. The Fill and Stroke commands in the Edit menu can be used to add color or texture after your object has been produced. The Layer Styles dialog box can also be used to add effects.

Saving the Star Shape in Photoshop

To save custom shapes, select the Custom Shape Tool on the toolbox, Click the Shape list arrow to see a list of the current shapes, create new shapes, and then add them to the current list. 

To add preexisting shapes, click the Options button, and then click Load Shapes, or choose from the available predefined shape lists. Click the options button, and then click Save Shapes

Try the different methods to make stars! You’ll never know which one you like best!

Final Thoughts

In Photoshop, there are numerous techniques to create a star shape. To make your own special stars, use the Custom Shape Tool, Polygon Tool, or Pen Tool. 

I do suggest trying each of the methods to figure out which way is going to work the best for you, there may be times when you will need to use one method over the other for specific reasons, so it’s good to have the knowledge of creating stars multiple ways. 

Any questions about How to make a star shape in Photoshop? Leave a comment and let me know.

About Aly Walters
As a graphic designer who uses the entire Adobe Suite on a daily basis, Photoshop is my inspiration, especially since I'm Adobe certified and use it most often for my graphics and web-designed images.

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