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Vectors vs. Pixels

Wasn't it Robert Frost who said, “Pixels are pixels, and vectors are vectors, and never the twain shall meet”? They may not meet, but Photoshop brings them awfully close together. In ancient versions of Photoshop, vector information was limited to paths that you could convert to selections or clipping paths. Now, Photoshop offers layer clipping paths (which we discussed in Chapter 8, Selections and Channels) and text based on vector outlines. Additionally, paths can affect the pixels around and inside them, especially when you use layer effects.

In this section, we want to look at how you can convert images between pixels and objects (such as paths or Illustrator documents), and why you'd want to. Then, in the next section, we'll look at the vastly improved world of vector text in Photoshop.


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