If I asked you to use the Star tool in Photoshop, would you know where to go? It’s there, just a bit hidden. Start by choosing the Polygon tool under the Rectangle tool (U) in the Toolbar. Click on the gear icon in the Options Bar to open the Path Options, and click on the checkbox next to Star. Play around with the Indent Sides By percentage and number of Sides to get different star shapes. (Sides is in the Options Bar, not the Path Options drop-down.) Speaking of pranks, you could go onto a coworker’s computer and turn on the Star option, although it might be a while for the payoff because the Polygon tool isn’t exactly a daily tool for most people.
This tip previously published in Colin Smith’s Photoshop Tips column, in the April, 2020 issue of Photoshop User magazine.