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Part 10. Using Paths > Task 4 How to Convert a Path to a Selection

Task 4 How to Convert a Path to a Selection

One of the primary reasons for creating a path is to convert it to a selection. You can convert a path to a selection as long as the path is available. Because paths take less disk space to save than do selections, you probably shouldn't save a selection when you can save the path.

1.
Open the File

Choose File, Open to launch the desired file.

2.
Create the Path

Use any of the methods described in the preceding tasks to create a path.

3.
Choose Make Selection

Choose Window, Paths to launch the Paths palette. With the path tile selected, choose Make Selection from the palette menu. The Make Selection dialog box opens.

4.
Enter the Feather Radius

Enable the Anti-aliased check box and enter a feather amount if you want a selection with soft edges (or if you are making a selection around fine details, such as hair). Click OK to make the selection.

5.
Deselect the Path

In the Paths palette, click a blank area below the path to deselect it. This action hides the displayed path and shows only the selection.


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