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Chapter 11. Using the Paths Palette > Creating Shapes as Paths

Creating Shapes as Paths

Paths can be created using any of Photoshop's traditional Pen tools, or you can use shape tools to create a unique path. For example, you want to create a unique stroke border around an image, and you find the perfect shape in Photoshop's custom shapes palette. Rather than create the shape, select it, and then convert it into a path, Photoshop lets you draw any shape and place it directly into the Paths palette. Once the shape is placed in the Paths palette, you can modify or change it, just like any other path.

Create Shapes as Paths

Open a document.

Select the Custom Shape tool (or any of Photoshop's drawing tools) on the toolbox.

Click the Shape list arrow, and then select a pre-defined shape.

Select the Paths palette.

Draw the shape in the document window.

Photoshop creates a Work Path, containing the custom shape.


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