Selection from a Work Path

Using paths to create selections opens a number of options. Should you need to make a selection with rounded corners, you can use the Ellipse Shape tool to define a path and then load it as a selection. You can also use the Pen tool to create a very precise path and then load that as a selection. Furthermore, you can load path components as selections.

To create a selection from a work path, take the following step:

1. Draw a path with the pen or shape tools (if it's a complex path, remember to save it from the Paths palette menu).

2. Hold down Ctrl (Windows) and press Enter, or hold down ^ and press Return (Mac OS). You can also click the Load Path as a Selection button in the Paths palette (located third from left).

To create a selection from a path component, select it with the Path Selection tool (A) and then click the Load Path as a Selection button in the Paths palette. The keyboard shortcut to load a path as a selection will not work in this case because it will load the entire path.

TIP The converse to creating a selection from a path is also possible. To create a path from a selection, select Create Work Path from the Paths palette menu and enter a tolerance value between 0.5 and 10. The lower the value, the more accurately the path will follow the selection edges.

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