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Chapter 11. Using the Paths Palette > Converting a Selection into a Path

Converting a Selection into a Path

Selection marquees are Photoshop's way of identifying the work areas within the active document. Since selections are created in the raster format, the accuracy of the selection is based on the resolution of the active image. This can be a problem when you're working with low-resolution images such as, Web and presentation graphics. However, when you convert a selection into a path, you can precisely reshape it, using Photoshop's vector tools, and this gives you more control over the final results.

Convert a Selection into a Path

Open a document.

Select an area of the image, using any of Photoshop's traditional selection tools.

Select the Paths palette.

Hold down the Alt (Win) or Option (Mac) key, and then click the Make Work Path button.

Enter a Tolerance value (0.5 to 10).

Low tolerance values create a path with many anchor points, and the path conforms precisely to the selection marquee, but low tolerances can cause printing errors (too much information). Higher tolerance values create a path with fewer anchor points, and the path will be smoother.

Click OK.


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