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Q1:How can I use paths to draw shapes onto my pictures?
A1: Choose the Vector Mask tool that's appropriate, and select Shape Layer on the Tool Options bar. Your shape will appear on a new layer in the foreground color. To draw a custom shape, select the appropriate Pen tool and draw the path you need. After you have placed the path, stroke it or fill it as necessary.
Q2:What does the Magnetic Pen do that the other Pen tools don't?
A2: The Magnetic Pen bases its selection on contrast. This automates path creation to some degree because you don't have to rely on your own hand-eye coordination to follow a complex path.
Q3:How do I know what tolerance to set when I 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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