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Lesson 9. Basic Pen Tool Techniques > Converting paths to selections

Converting paths to selections

Just as you can convert selection borders to paths, you can convert paths to selections. With their smooth outlines, paths let you make precise selections. Now that you’ve drawn paths for the space ship and its fins, you’ll convert those paths to a selection and apply a filter to the selection.

1.
In the Paths palette, click the Saucer path to make it active.

2.
Convert the Saucer path to a selection using either of the following methods:

  • On the Paths palette menu, choose Make Selection, and then click OK to close the dialog box that appears.

  • Drag the Saucer path to the Load Path As Selection button () at the bottom of the Paths palette.

Next, you’ll subtract the Fins selection from the Saucer selection, so that you can see the background change through the vacant areas in the fins.

3.
In the Paths palette, click the Fins path; then, on the Paths palette menu, choose Make Selection.

4.
In the Operation area of the Make Selection dialog box, select Subtract from Selection, and click OK.

The Fins path is simultaneously converted to a selection and subtracted from the Saucer selection.

Leave the paths selected, because you’re going to use the selection in the next procedure.

Subtracting the Fins selection from the Saucer selection

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