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Chapter 7. Using Selections, Paths, and ... > Paths: Working with Vectors in Photo...

Paths: Working with Vectors in Photoshop

Photoshop is primarily a raster image-editing program, designed to work with the pixels that make up a digital image. However, it does offer some rather powerful vector capabilities. Vector type, clipping masks, vector masks for layers, and Photoshop's shape layers are examples of vectors in raster images.

Vector artwork is based on paths that are recorded in a file as mathematical descriptions. The advantage of vectors is that artwork can be scaled to any size without loss of quality. Raster images, in contrast, can be drastically degraded when scaled either up or down. What this means is the work paths you draw can be scaled as large or small as you like within the bitmap image. If you are making use of a lot of shapes, scaling them may be necessary from time to time.


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