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Photoshop's Shape Layers

Photoshop simulates vector objects with shape layers. A shape layer is actually a layer in the image, completely filled with the selected color or pattern. The layer is selectively shown and hidden by a path called a vector mask. The pixels on the layer inside the path are visible; those outside the path are hidden (see Figure 13.22).

Figure 13.22. A shape layer's vector mask is visible in the Paths palette when the layer is selected in the Layers palette.



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