How to Adjust a Shape Size in Photoshop

By Filonia LeChat

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Whether you’ve taken a digital Photograph or sketched a doodle on paper, you may think you’re tied down to the dimensions of the images, but with the assistance of Photoshop, you can transform your artwork to your preferred size. Photoshop is graphics software available as part of the Adobe Creative Suite and comes armed with a variety of tools you can use to change your images—or shapes within them—to be larger or smaller. In just a few quick clicks, you can adjust shape size with Photoshop.

Step 1

Create a new file in Photoshop by clicking “File,” then “New.” Name the file “MyShape” and set your preferred dimensions, such as 4 by 4 inches. Set the “Mode” to RGB Color and click the “White” menu option under “Contents,” then click the “OK” button.

Step 2

Click the “Shape” tool on the “Tools” palette on the left side of the screen. It may look like a hollow circle, rectangle, line or star; these tools all share the same icon space on the palette. Right-click the icon and choose your preferred shape, such as the “Star” tool.

Step 3

Hover your cursor over the “MyShape” box and notice it changes to a plus sign (+). Drag your cursor on the box, which draws the shape.

Step 4

Click the “Edit” menu at the top of the screen, then choose “Free Transform.” A box appears around your shape. Drag one of the corners to adjust the size.