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6. Merging Images > 6.1. Preparing the Pieces: Options for Selecting the Compon...

Preparing the Pieces: Options for Selecting the Components

The first thing you’ll need to do before merging images together is to correctly isolate the individual elements of the image(s) you need so that they merge together seamlessly. I typically use the Path tool for selecting my images. When creating a clipping path with the Pen tool, make sure you use as few points as you can get away with to select your shape or image. For instance, as you can see in Figure 6-1, accurately selecting a perfect circle should require no more than four points to complete.

Perfect circle selected with four points

Figure 6-1. Perfect circle selected with four points

I have seen clipping paths, like the one in Figure 6-2, where it appears as though the person created the entire path just by clicking and creating new points, resulting in an inaccurate selection. When you use too many points, you run the risk of creating bumps and irregular shapes that are not part of the original shape. The final selection may also appear more obviously cropped out when you use too many points because of the poor selection path. It also makes it rather confusing if you or someone else has to go back and edit the path for any reason because there are so many points to deal with and edit.


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