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Chapter 13. The Pen Tools, Shape Layers,... > Creating Paths in Photoshop

Creating Paths in Photoshop

Paths can be created in a variety of ways. The pen tools can be used to create paths from scratch, selections can form the basis of paths, shape layers are created with paths, and type can be converted to paths. Photoshop uses the Paths palette to manage paths.

A path is called “Work Path” until saved. There can be only one work path at a time. With a work path selected in the Paths palette, you continue to add subpaths. If the existing work path is not active in the Paths palette when you begin to create a new path, it will be replaced by the new path (which then assumes the name “Work Path”). The prior work path is lost. Renaming a work path saves it. Change the name by double-clicking “Work Path” in the Paths palette and overtyping, or by using the Paths palette menu command Save Path.


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