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Chapter 10. Using Paths

A path is essentially a vector-based selection outline in Photoshop. Because paths are vector-based (an outline rather than a selection of pixels), creating paths in an image file rather than saved selections will have less of a tendency to increase the file size. This can be beneficial if the file is a large scan, has dozens of layers, or is simply large because it’s complex. You can use a path as a selection at any time, fill the path or color the path outline, or even use a special type of path to clip image content when you plan to reuse a file. This chapter shows you how to:

Create various types of paths

View and work with paths

Fill a path or color the path outline

Use a path to define a selection

Use a clipping path to prepare an image for reuse in other files or settings


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