Stroking and filling paths

Earlier in this lesson, you used the Stroke command on the Paths palette menu to create colored pixels on straight paths. You can stroke or fill paths by dragging a named path onto one of the special buttons at the bottom of the Paths palette. To designate the painting options you want to apply to a path, you'll select a painting tool and paint options before you drag the path onto the appropriate button in the Paths palette.

Note: These Path palette buttons apply painting to the entire set of subpaths associated with that path. To apply painting to only some of the subpaths, use the Stroke command instead. See "Painting paths" on page 264.

2 Drag the Curve 1 path onto the Stroke Path With Brush button ( ) at the bottom of the Paths palette to stroke the path with the current brush settings.

Notice that performing this action does not select the Curve 1 path; the Curve 2 path is still selected in the Paths palette.

If you want to add a fill or stroke to the path that is already selected in the Paths palette, you do not have to drag it to one of the buttons in the Paths palette—you can just click the button you want to apply.

3 In the Paths palette, drag Closed Path onto the Fill Path With Foreground Color button (Q) at the bottom of the palette to fill it with the current foreground color.

When you fill an open path, Photoshop automatically draws an invisible line between the starting point and the ending point, and fills the segments between them.

4 In the Swatches palette, select a different color swatch.

5 In the Paths palette, drag the Curve 1 path to the Fill Path With Foreground Color button.

6 Choose File > Close, and don't save changes.

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