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Q1:How can I use paths to draw shapes onto my pictures?
A1: Select the appropriate Pen tool and draw the path you need. If you need a geometric shape, remember that pressing the Shift key will constrain the path to a 90- or 45-degree angle. Once you have placed the path, stroke it or fill it as necessary to create an outline or filled shape.
Q2:What does the Magnetic Pen do that the others don't?
A2: The Magnetic Pen bases its selection on contrast. This automates path creation to some degree, as you don't have to rely on your own hand-eye coordination to follow a complex path.
Q3:How do you know what tolerance to set when you convert a path to a selection?
A3: That depends on how smooth—or how accurate—you want the finished path to be. A tolerance of 1 pixel or less will make the path follow the selection as precisely as possible. A tolerance of 5–10 will give you a smoothed out path, following your selection to within 5 to 10 pixels.


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