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Chapter 11. Using the Paths Palette > Working with Pen Tools

Working with Pen Tools

When you work with Photoshop's Pen tools, you're creating a path without the conversion from selection (raster) to path (vector). Vector paths are mathematical and are therefore not hampered by problems with image resolution. For example, a path created in a low-resolution image (72ppi) would function the same as a path created in a high-resolution (300ppi) image. An added benefit of paths is that they take up less room than selections saved as channel masks. When you create a path using the Pen tools, Photoshop automatically creates a path in the Paths palette. If you have an existing path selected, Photoshop adds the new path to the selected path.


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