Published on May 3, 2023

2 methods to create a star shape

In this blog I will show you 2 methods to create star shapes in Adobe Photoshop.

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Method 1: Polygon tool

Select the polygon tool. Use the following settings:

  • Select ‘shape’
  • Fill: Pick a color for the star
  • Stroke: No color (unless you want a stroke, then pick a color and stroke width)
  • Sides: 5

Create the shape. Press and hold SHIFT while making the shape to make it symmetrical.

Polygon tool

Then lower the star ratio to 50% to create the star shape. I have created a 5 point star now, but you can also create stars with more or less points. Adjust the number of sides (or points on a star) to do that.

Star ratio

If you want to move and/or resize the star, select the move tool and press CTRL+T to activate free transform. You can then adjust the size and position of the star.

And that’s the first method to create a star!

Method 2: 5 point white star

Again select the polygon tool. This time click on the hexagon figure and select ‘5 point white star‘.

The rest of the settings (shape, fill, stroke) stay the same.

5 point white star

Then create your shape. Press and hold SHIFT while creating the shape to make it symmetrical.

To resize and/or move the star, again select the move tool and press CTRL+T. You can then adjust the size and move the star.

If you no longer want to create stars, you have to reset the polygon tool. To do that, select the polygon tool and click on the hexagon figure. Then click on the gearwheel and select ‘reset tool’. You can now create regular shapes again.

Reset tool

And that’s the second method to create a star shape in Adobe Photoshop! In the image below you see the stars you can create (adjust the number of points, see method 1).

Star shape

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