How To Make A Rectangle In Photoshop

Ever tried using Photoshop to design a rectangle? That’s easier said than done. It’s difficult despite having a firm hand and a tablet. This is the reason we’ve written a comprehensive tutorial. So, how do you create a rectangle in Photoshop?

Make use of the rectangle tool (U). To get the desired look, adjust tool parameters such as Fill, Stroke, Width, and Height using the Options bar. On the canvas, you may now create shapes or pathways. Drag in any area diagonally to create a rectangle.

Keep reading below as we discuss these steps in more detail.

Creating a Rectangle in Photoshop

 You can create a rectangle in Photoshop by following the instructions in this section.

For more information on how to create a rectangle in Photoshop, watch this video below:

Step 1: Open the Rectangle Tool

  • You can find various form tools at the end of the toolbar on the left side of the page. 
  • As standard, the Rectangle tool is on top. If another shape tool is currently selected as the top tool, right-click the thumbnail to see the menu and select the rectangle shape tool.

Step 2: Draw Your Rectangle

  • To draw a rectangle on your screen, hold and drag.
  • Holding the Shift key while dragging will keep the shape a perfect square.

Features Of The Rectangle Tool

Now, whenever we draw a rectangle, the properties tab appears.

As you’ll see, there are several variables. Let’s examine each one individually, starting at the top:

1. Height (H) and Width (W)

You’ll notice that these boxes already contain some data. This establishes the rectangle’s width and height. W and H’s values can each be altered independently. 

The rectangle will turn into a vertical line if we set W to 0 and a horizontal line if we set H to 0. Additionally, there is a clip-like icon between the boxes. If you click it, the other adjusts when we modify the width or height of one while maintaining the ratio.

2. The X and Y axes

These variables describe where the rectangle is located on the canvas. Now, we may move the rectangle up, down, left, or right by adjusting the values of the X-axis and Y-axis.

3. Fill

This is the drawing tool’s color fill feature. By default, there is no color fill. When we click on it, color swatches are displayed.

A pattern is applied to a rectangle.

4. Stroke

This setting lets us specify the color, gradient, and pattern of the shape’s border (or boundary). Black is the default setting. Additionally, the stroke’s width is modifiable. The rectangle’s stroke width in each photograph is 4 pixels. The range of values for stroke width is 0 to 1200 pixels.

5. Curved Corner Options

This is the final configuration option.

All of the parameters are initially set to 0 pixels. The rectangle’s four corners are rounded by the values defined by the four boxes. The values are between 0 and 1000 pixels. Each corner can be rounded by 100 pixels.

Step 3: Modify Your Shape

What if you do not require a shape that is completely filled in? No issue; you may simply alter your shape for various styles.

  • This properties panel ought to appear as soon as your rectangle shape is placed.
  • If you can’t see it, select Properties under Window in the menu bar.
  • You may select how your rectangle will look in this section. Using the Transform box, you may change your shape’s size and location on the canvas.
  • You may change the look under the Appearance section. To select a different color, make your shape translucent, fill it with a gradient, or add a pattern, choose the Fill box.
  • You may observe that your shape completely vanishes if the fill is made transparent. This is due to the fact that you didn’t draw a line around the rectangle to create the shape.
  • To do so, select the Stroke option. To select a color (or gradient or pattern) for the stroke, click on the corresponding box. You need to pick a value down below. 
  • Choose a line style by selecting it to the right of the size selections (solid, dotted, dashed, etc.) If you prefer rounded edges, enter a number at the bottom boxes.

And bingo! You’ve got a rectangle.


And here you are. Creating rectangles is a great way to create more complex designs for your canvas. You can easily create a rectangle in Photoshop using the simple steps listed in the tutorial above. Happy editing!