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Chapter 2. Selecting Objects and Backgro... > Transforming Paths to Selections and...

Transforming Paths to Selections and Vice Versa

All the selection tools mentioned so far create pixel-oriented selections. Although Photoshop may not be your best choice for working with vector graphics (scalable line and curve-oriented objects), Adobe’s flagship image editor has some features that can perform fairly well as a stand-in for stablemate Adobe Illustrator. Indeed, Photoshop includes a Pen tool that can create lines and shapes that can be fine-tuned, saved as paths, filled with color or outlined (stroked), and used as the basis for selections. Conversely, you can change selections into paths and edit them with the tools on the Paths palette.

If you’re comfortable using the Pen and the Paths palette, Photoshop’s vector tools may serve you well, as they are well-suited for outlining objects that consist of precise curves and lines. Depending on the kinds of images you retouch or composite, you may not need these capabilities often—or you may live and die by them.


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