shapes and tools in photopea

Shapes & Tools in Photopea | A Complete Guide

If you’re a beginner designer and want to learn about shapes and other design tools inside photopea, then this guide is for you.

In this complete Photopea guide, we will teach you how to use the Shapes from scratch and explore other essential design tools. 

By the end of this guide, you’ll be able to easily draw various shapes and use other design tools. You will be ready to create any design project using Photopea’s Shape Tools and other design tools, like a social media design.

So, save this article now, and let’s get started on your design journey!

Create The New Document

When you open, you will see 3 options; click on the first one, “New Project.

New Project In Photopea
New Project

Choose the dimensions of your liking, and click Create.

Project Dimensions In Photopea
Project dimensions

Shapes In Photopea

First of all, we will cover everything you need to know about shapes, from how to create them in multiple ways to how to change color, size, stroke, and other settings.

How To Create Shapes In Photopea?

Now we will have a detailed look at the process of creating different shapes.

Step 1: Select the shape tool

To access the Shape Tools in Photopea, go to the Tools bar and click and hold until all the Shape Tools appear. 

You can also use the shortcut “U” and press Shift + U to cycle through the shape tools. 

Once you’ve selected a tool, choose “Shape” in the Options Bar to save the shape as a vector shape layer. 

If you choose “Path,” the shape will be a vector path; if you choose “Pixels,” it will be a pixel drawing on the active layer. 

We’ll select the shape.

shape tools In Photopea
Shape tools

Step 2: Drawing Shapes

To create a shape, click and drag your cursor. Holding down the Shift key will help you make a perfect square or circle, depending on the selected tool. 

Holding down the Alt key will let you draw the shape from the center out. If you hold both Alt and Shift, you can do both. 

This works for Rectangles, Rounded Rectangles, Ellipses, and Polygon tools. Check out the image below to see what a rectangle shape looks like.

draw shapes In Photopea
draw shapes

Step 3: Draw Shapes At a Particular Place

You can click on the point on the canvas where you want to create the shape for more precise results. The shape tool must be selected before clicking on the canvas.

A dialog box will pop up where you can enter all the parameters, i.e., length, width, height, etc.

This method will work for all shapes, including rectangles, ellipses, lines, and parametric shapes (polygons).

Draw shapes In Photopea
Draw shape at a particular place

Step 4: Draw lines and Arrows

Choose the line tool from the toolbar.

Draw line in photopea
Draw arrow In Photopea
Line and arrows

You will get all the shape options and two extra options.

  • Width
  • Arrow

The width will determine the thickness of the line.

line tool In Photopea
Line width

Click on the arrow option and click on the start or the end box, depending on where you want the arrow to be.

You can check both options if you want an arrow on both ends of a line.

You can see the preview of the arrow at the bottom of the arrow panel.

Draw arrow In Photopea
Arrow settings

Once happy with the settings, click inside the canvas and draw.

Step 5: Custom Shapes Inside Photopea

The Custome Shape tool is at the end of the list of shape tools. Selecting this tool will give you a properties bar like other shape tools with the same fill and stroke options.

There’s a drop-down menu for choosing how you want to draw a shape. There are 3 ways

  • Free
  • Fixed Ration 
  • Fixed Size

The free option will draw the shape without locking its height and width. If you select a fixed ratio, the dimensions will be locked to what you write in the boxes.

In fixed size, you have to enter the exact size of the shape, like 100*100.

You can also use shift and alt to draw the shape in a fixed ratio and from the center of your click.

You will find a dropdown menu at the end of the properties bar for custom shapes inside photopea.

Custom shapes In Photopea
Custom shapes

Step 6: Change Shape Properties

Before creating a shape, you can adjust its dimensions by modifying its width and height values in the corresponding input boxes W and H using the Options Bar.

For this setting to work, you need to choose a Fixed ratio or Fixed size.

shape properties In Photopea
Shape properties

It is important to note that you must specify the number of sides for parametric shapes before creating the shape.

polygon shapes In Photopea
sides of polygon shape

With these options, you can easily fine-tune the properties of your shapes to meet your specific needs.

Step 7: Change The Color

You will see a fill option in the properties bar, click on it and choose the type of stroke from the 3 available options.

  • Plain color
shape color in photopea
Shape color; solid
  • Gradient color 
shape color in photopea
Shape color; gradient
  • Pattern
shape color in photopea
Pattern fill

Click on each one to change its settings.

Click on the plain color and choose the color you want.

Whatever color you want to apply.

Step 8: Add stroke

There’s an option to add a stroke beside the fill option. Click on it and choose what type of stroke you want.

There are 3 types of stroke fill you can add:

  • Plain color
  • Gradient color
  • Pattern

These options work just like the fill options.

The Next option is stroke width, click on it and change it to your liking.

Right next to stroke fill, there’s an option to choose what kind of stroke you want.

You can change the following options:

  • Caps
  • Corners 
  • Dashes (you can covert the stroke to dashed lines)
Add stroke in photopea

Step 9: Explore Properties Panel

The properties panel is straightforward and minimal. There are a few options you can tweak.

  • Width
  • Height
  • X and Y positions
  • Color

If you have a rectangle, you will get an extra option to round its corners.

Check mark the same option, same radii, to round all corners equally. Uncheck it if you want to round all corners separately.

round corners of the shape in photopea
Round corners

How to Edit Shapes In Photopea?

There are multiple ways to edit shapes in photopea.

Method 1

Check mark the Transform controls box on the properties bar.

How to transform in photopea
transform controls

Press Ctrl or Cmd, grab any corner of the shape, and drag.

Method 2

Select the shape and then press Ctrl + Alt + T or Cmd + Option + T on the keyboard to activate the free transform tool.

Right-click and choose from the following options:

  • Scale
  • Distort
  • Rotate
  • Perspective
  • Warp

Now click on the points on the 4 corners of the shape and drag to see the changes.

How to distort shape in photopea
Shape distort options

In Warp, you can freely distort the shape in any way you want. You can also add more points to customize the warp settings.

How to distort shape in photopea

Method 3

You can also use path and direct select tools to edit the shapes.

Choose the Drect select tool and drag a selection over the shape. All the points of the shape will be selected. Click and drag the point in any direction to edit the shape.

Make sure the shape you want to edit is selected in the layers panel.

How to edit shape in photopea
Direct select tool

You can also add points with the help of the pen tool.

Choose the pen tool or press P on the keyboard, click where you want to add the point, and then go back to the path and select the tool to edit the point.

How to edit shape in photopea
Edit shape with direct select tool

Click on any point with the pen tool, and it will be deleted. Pr click with the path selection tool on the point and press delete.

Important Design Tools

Now that we have covered the shape tools in detail, let’s look at the other design tools, what they do, and how to use them.

Eyedropper Tool In Photopea

When you click on the color, it will become the foreground color.

Now, this color will be used when you work with different tools like:

  • Shape tool,
  • Text tool,
  • Brush tool

It is especially helpful if you are using a color pallet for colors in your design. You can import the color pallet, keep it in the corner, and choose the colors with the eyedropper tool.

Click on the color you want to use and create a text or shape layer, which will automatically be created with that color.

This can save you a lot of time.

eye dropper tool in photopea
eye dropper

Brush Tool In Photopea

With the brush tool, you can draw whatever you want inside photopea.

There are custom brushes available that you can download and import to photopea.

The properties bar will appear with different settings when you select the brush tool.

  • Size, and hardness
  • Brush presets
  • Opacity (Controls how strong the brush effect will be)
  • Flow (how much it will paint if you click, click multiple times for stronger effect)
  • Smooth (Smooth out the jagged edges).
brush tool in photopea
brush tool

Eraser Tool In Photopea

As the name suggests, the Eraser tool is used to erase something in photopea.

Keep in mind that it only works on raster layers. It won’t work on text layers, shape layers, and on smart objects.

Magic Eraser Tool In Photopea

Magic Eraser tool removes a similar color from an image with a single click. For example, if you have an object with a white background, the white area will be deleted or erased when you click on the white background with the magic eraser tool.

eraser tool in photopea
Eraser tool

Gradient Tool In Photopea

The gradient tool creates cool-looking gradients. The keyboard shortcut for the gradient tool is G.

When you select the gradient tool, the properties bar will appear on top.

In the first option, you have to choose two colors you want in the gradient.

Gradient tool in photopea
Gradient tool

Or you can choose from the few presets provided by photopea.

You can also choose custom colors for the gradient.

Gradient tool in photopea
choose gradient

Click anywhere below the color box to add points to the gradient, you can add as many points as you want and choose a separate color for each point.

Gradient colors

There are different options :

  • Gradient color
  • Gradient type
  • Blend Mode
  • Opacity

Then you need to choose gradient type, and these are the types:

  • Linear
  • Radial
  • Angle
  • Reflected
  • Diamond
Gradient tool in photopea
Gradient type

The two most used types are Linear and radial.

To make a linear gradient, you need to select a raster layer or create an empty one, then draw a line from one end of the document to the other.

Draw gradient

You need to click and draw from the center to create a radial gradient.

Text Tool In Photopea

Select the text tool from the toolbar or use the keyboard shortcut T. A bar with text options will appear at the top. That’s how you will know that the text tool is selected.

  • To create the text layer, click inside the canvas (document), and you will see a text layer inside the layers panel and a straight line with a small box inside the document, start typing, and you will see the text.
text tool in photopea
Text tool
  • You can adjust the font, size, color, alignment, and other text properties in the text options bar. You need to select the whole text first before changing any text parameter.
Text properties in photopea
Text properties

You can also change text properties from the character panel.

Character panel in photopea
Character Panel

Pen Tool In Photopea

The pen tool is used to draw freehand shapes and paths.

As we have mentioned above, you can add or delete points in a shape or path with the help of the pen tool.

Click here to Read this comprehensive guide on how to use the pen tool in photopea.

Pen tool guide


We have covered a lot in this guide, starting with the shape tool and ending with the pen tool.

You will use these tools in almost every design project, so you need to get a good grip on these tools to create professional designs quickly.

Use alt and shift (Option + Shift) to draw a perfect circle or a square; alt or option will help you draw from the center of your click.

When you select the shape tool, the properties bar will appear at the top, where you can adjust the shape settings before or after drawing. Settings like fill type, fill color, stroke, etc. The properties panel can also be used to change shape settings.

There are multiple methods to edit shapes; we have mentioned 3 of them.

Use the eye dropper tool to sample colors. We have also discussed the gradient tool in detail. The text tool is also easy to use; select the text tool the properties bar will appear at the top.

Shapes and tools in Photopea

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Photopea is a great and a free tool for graphic design. The shapes are the fundamental element of a good design. The shape tools are a bit complicated to master along with all the settings but with practice you can get good at them.

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