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Lesson 10. Vector Masks, Paths, and Shap... > Combining paths into a filled shape

Combining paths into a filled shape

Your next task is to define the two circles as a single element, so that you can add a colored fill.

1.
Using the Path Selection tool (), click and Shift-click as necessary to select both of the circle paths.

2.
In the tool options bar, click the Combine button.

The Combine button is now dimmed because the two paths are now treated as one shape.

3.
In the toolbox, click the Default Foreground And Background Colors button (), which is to the lower left of the two larger color swatches and changes them back to black and white.

A. Foreground Color button B. Default Foreground And Background Colors button C. Switch Foreground And Background Colors button D. Background Color button

4.
In the same area of the toolbox, click the Switch Foreground And Background Colors button (), so that the foreground is white and the background black.

5.
In the Paths palette, drag the work path to the Fill Path With Foreground Color button () at the bottom left of the palette.

6.
In the Layers palette, change the Opacity to 40%, either by scrubbing the Opacity label, typing in the text box, or dragging the pop-up slider.

You can try different Opacity values and compare the results they produce.

7.
If the circle shape is still selected, click the Dismiss Target Path button () in the tool options bar, and then choose File > Save.

Unlike the star-shaped cutouts on the Shape 1 layer, the area between the two circles on Layer 1 now has a white fill. Otherwise, you could not change the opacity of the white area. For example, if you experimented with reducing the layer opacity for the Shape 1 layer, the blue shape would become more transparent, but the stars would remain solid white because that is the color on the layer behind that area of Layer 1.


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