Creating Paths

Using a path, you can manipulate images on a layer. Each path is stored on the Paths palette. You can create a path using the Pen Tool or the Freeform Pen

Tool. Each pen tool lets you draw a path by placing anchor points along the edge of another image, or wherever you need them, to draw a specific shape. As you place anchor points, line segments automatically fall between them. The Freeform Pen Tool acts just like a traditional pen or pencil. Just draw with it, and it automatically places both the anchor points and line segments wherever necessary to achieve the shape you want. With these tools, you can create freeform shapes or use existing edges within an image by tracing on top of it. After you create a path, you can use the Path Selection Tool to select the entire path, or the Direct Selection Tool to select and manipulate individual anchor points and segments to reshape the path. Unlike selections, multiple paths can be saved using the Paths palette. When first created, a path is called a work path. The work path is temporary, but becomes a permanent part of your image when you name it. Paths, like layers, can be named, viewed, deleted, and duplicated.

Tools You'll Use

Path thumbnail >

Stroke path with., brush button

Fill path with foreground color button

Path thumbnail >

Stroke path with., brush button

Fill path with foreground color button

Paths palette tab Active path

Delete current path button a

Load path asa Make mk path fWm Create new path selection button selection button a

Paths palette tab Active path

Delete current path button

Load path asa Make mk path fWm Create new path selection button selection button button

Path Selection Tools

^ Path Selection Tool ^ Direct Selection Tool

Shape layers button Fill pixels button

Enable magnetic pen options check box

Shape layers button Fill pixels button

Enable magnetic pen options check box

Geometry options button

Exclude overlapping path areas button

Geometry options button

Exclude overlapping path areas button

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