The “Add Oval” and “Add Rectangle” buttons found in the Layers toolbox adds an oval shape and rectangle shape vectors to the stage, respectively.
To add a Shape layer:
Click the Add Oval button or the Add Rectangle button in the Layers toolbox.
The shape will display on the stage and the corresponding layer will be added on the Layers panel.
Shape layer properties
The following properties are available for a shape layer in the Properties panel.
Dimensions: Defined by Width and Height in pixels. The lock icon allows to preserve the aspect ratio and proportion.
When locked, changing the layer’s width or height will change both preserving its aspect ratio proportion on its latest locked dimensions.
When unlocked, changing the layer’s width or height will only change what has been changed.
Position: The coordinates of the selected layer on the Creative Stage defined by the number of pixels along the X axis (zero X coordinate is the left edge of the Creative Stage) and the Y axis (zero Y coordinate is the top edge of the Creative Stage).
Opacity: The measure in percentage of how opaque the selected layer is.
Opacity set to 100% will make the layer fully visible.
Opacity set to 0% will make the layer fully transparent, and as such, invisible.
Rotation: The angle of rotation for the selected layer. Rotations are relative to the center point of the layer, around a 360-degree arc.
Scale: Located under the Transform section, the Scale Property resizes a layer on the 2D plane. It changes the width and height at the same time, making it a great property to use with animations.
The following properties are available for an Shape layer in the Properties Panel.
Color Fill: The fill color of the Shape Layer.
Corner Radius: The roundness in pixels of the corners of the layer.
This option will display a line around the selected layer with the ability to change the width, color, and style.
Width: The width in pixels of the border.
Color: The color of the border.
Solid: Style of the border when it is a solid line.
Dashed: Style of the border when it is a series of dashes.
Dotted: Style of the border when it is a series of dots.
This option will display a shadow around the selected layer with the ability to change its color, offset coordinates, spread size, blur size, and inset setting.
Color: The color of the shadow.
Offset: The X and Y coordinates in pixels that indicate the displacement of the shadow.
Spread: The distance in pixels away from the layer that the shadow extends.
Blur: The haziness of the shadow. The higher the value, the lesser is its sharpness.
Inset: Switches the shadow from outside of the layer container to inside.