Moving a Path in Tandem with Layer Content

Moving a path is relatively easy using either the Path Selection or the Direct Selection tool and then dragging it to a new position (see previous section). However, if you've created a path to fit layer content and then want to move both the content and the path while keeping them in register, it requires a little extra effort:

1. Select the path with the Path Selection tool.

2. In the Layers palette, make the layer with the content active by clicking its tile.

3. Ctrl-click (Windows), ^-click (Mac OS) the Add Layer Mask button, located third from left at the bottom of the Layers palette. Doing so adds a vector mask.

4. Shift-click the vector mask to hide it. Click the layer thumbnail and move the content.

When you move the layer content, the path moves in tandem. If you want to save the path in the new position, make sure that the layer is still selected (necessary to reveal the mask) and then drag the LayerName Vector Mask tile in the Paths palette to the Create New Path button. Save the new work path by double-clicking it.

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