Combining paths into a filled shape

Your next task is to define the two circles as a single element, so that you can add a colored fill.

1 Using the path selection tool ( 0, select one of your circles, and then hold down Shift and select the second circle. Both paths are now selected.

2 In the tool options bar, click the Combine button.

The Combine button is now dimmed because the two paths are now treated as one shape.

3 In the toolbar, click the Default Foreground And Background Colors button (* ), which is to the lower left of the two larger color swatches and changes them back to black and white.

A. Foreground Color button

B. Default Foreground and Background Colors button

C. Switch Foreground and Background Colors button

D. Background Color button

A. Foreground Color button

B. Default Foreground and Background Colors button

C. Switch Foreground and Background Colors button

D. Background Color button

4 In the same area of the toolbar, click the Switch Foreground And Background Colors button (*-<,), so that the foreground is white and the background black.

5 In the Paths palette, drag the work path to the Fill Path With Foreground Color button (£) at the bottom left of the palette.

6 In the Layers palette, change the Opacity to 40%, either by typing or by clicking the Opacity arrow to open the pop-up slider and dragging it.

You can try different Opacity values and compare the results they produce.

7 If the circle shape is still selected, click the Dismiss Target Path button {y ) in the tool options bar, and then choose File > Save.

Unlike the star-shaped cutouts on the Shape 1 layer, the area between the two circles on Layer 1 now has a white fill. Otherwise, you could not change the opacity of the white area. For example, if you experimented with reducing the layer opacity for the Shape 1 layer, the blue shape would become more transparent, but the stars would remain solid white because that is the color on the layer behind that area of Layer 1.

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  • teegan
    Where is Dismiss Target Path?
    7 years ago

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