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Photoshop's Paths

Photoshop uses vector paths in a variety of ways, for a variety of purposes. As you learned in Chapter 4, “Pixels, Vectors, and Resolutions,” vector paths are nonprinting, mathematical descriptions of shapes and lines, also called Bèzier curves. They can be used to precisely define selections, create “objects” in the artwork, and even show a page layout program what should be visible in an image.

Vectors in a Strange Land

Photoshop is primarily a raster image–editing program, designed to work with the pixels that make up a digital image. However, it does offer some rather powerful vector capabilities. Vector type, clipping masks, vector masks for layers, and Photoshop's shape layers are examples of vectors in raster images.


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