Create a path

1. Click the Indicates layer visibility button 9

on the MAIL layer on the Layers palette so that it is no longer visible.

2. Click the Mailbox layer on the Layers palette.

Hiding layers makes it easier to work on a specific area of the image.

3. Click the Freeform Pen Tool on the toolbox.

4. Click the Paths button £33 on the options bar (if it is not already selected).

5. Click the Geometry options list arrow on the options bar, then adjust the settings so that your entire options bar matches Figure 10.

6. Use the Freeform Pen Tool pointer to trace the vertical and horizontal posts that hold the mailbox. (Single-click when you reach the starting point and the small 'O' appears in the pointer.)

7. Click the Paths palette tab r- .

8. Double-click the Work Path layer on the Paths palette.

9. Type Post path in the Name text box.

10.Click OK, then compare your path and Paths palette to Figure 11.

You created and named a path using the Freeform Pen Tool.

FIGURE 10

Freeform Pen Tool settings

FIGURE 10

Freeform Pen Tool settings

FIGURE 12

Using handles to modify a path

FIGURE 12

Using handles to modify a path

FIGURE 14

Modified path

FIGURE 14

Modified path

Modify a path

Drag a point to adjust the curve

FIGURE 13

Fill Path dialog box

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1. Zoom into the mailbox so the zoom factor is 200%, then click the Add Anchor Point Tool flf on the toolbox.

2. Click a point near the curve at the top of the mailbox, then drag a handle so the curve conforms to the left side of the mailbox, using Figure 12 as a guide.

As you drag the new anchor points, direction handles appear, indicating that you have added smooth points instead of corner points. You can drag any of these points so they conform to the shape you want for the path.

3. Zoom out to the original magnification, then click the Eyedropper Tool on the toolbox.

4. Click the mailbox to sample its color.

5. Click the Paths list arrow > on the Paths palette, click Fill Path, modify the settings in the Fill Path dialog box using Figure 13 as a guide, then click OK.

6. Deselect the path, by clicking a blank area of the Paths palette.

TIP The Mailbox layer on the Layers palette must be selected or the Fills path with foreground color button on the Paths palette will not be available.

7. Save your work, then compare your image to Figure 14.

You modified an existing path, then filled it with a color from a color existing in the image.

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