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Lesson 11. Advanced Layer Techniques > Drawing the vector work path

Drawing the vector work path

You’ll begin by drawing the basic path on the Metal Grille layer.

Click the Metal Grille layer in the Layers palette to select it.

Select the Ellipse tool (), hidden behind the Rectangle tool (). (Be careful not to select the Elliptical Marquee tool.) On the tool options bar, click the Paths option ().

Move the pointer to the center of one of the holes in the metal grille and start dragging. Then, hold down 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.


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. If the circle fills with black, choose Edit > Undo, and go back to Step 2, making sure that you select the Paths option in the tool options bar.

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

In the toolbox, select the Path Selection tool (),which is beside the Type tool, and click to select the circle you just drew.

Hold down Alt (Windows) or Option (Mac OS) so that a small plus sign appears below the pointer icon (), 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.



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