Drawing the vector work path

You'll begin by drawing the basic path on the Metal Grille layer. 1 Click the Metal Grille layer in the Layers palette to select it.

2 Select the ellipse tool ( ), hidden behind the rectangle tool ( Then, on the tool options bar, click the Paths option (the second of three options on the left side).

3 Move the pointer to the center of one of the holes in the metal grille and start dragging. Then hold down the Shift+Alt (Windows) or Shift+Option (Mac OS) and continue to drag until the circle is the size of the hole. Carefully release the mouse button first, and then release the keyboard keys.

Note: If the circle is not exactly centered when you're done, hold down Ctrl (Windows) or Command (Mac OS) and drag the circle path into position.

Next you'll make copies for the rest of the metal grille.

4 In the toolbox, select the path selection tool (t), and click to select the circle you just drew.

5 Hold down Alt (Windows) or Option (Mac OS) so that a small plus sign appears below the pointer icon (k), and then drag the circle to place a copy of the path over another hole in the metal grille. Repeat this step to place copies over the remaining holes, including the holes that extend outside the edges of the image.

Note: You can adjust the position of a selected circle using the arrow keys on the keyboard.You may also find it helpful to choose View > Snap To > and click any of the commands that are checked on the Snap To submenu to deselect them, so that none of these are active.

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