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Misunderstood Photoshop: Paths

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In the ninth article in her series on handy Photoshop tools that are often overlooked or misunderstood, Helen Bradley looks at paths, which is a useful Photoshop tool for working with and saving selections. Although working with paths brings you into contact with the sometimes complex Pen tool, the combined power of these two tools makes them important additions to your Photoshop skill set.

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Working with Shapes

The Custom Shapes tool in Photoshop can be applied as a path if you select the Path Option on the toolbar before you draw a shape. When a shape is created as a path, you can edit it as you would any path using the Pen tool, Path Selection tool, and Direct Selection tool (see Figure 6).

Figure 6

Figure 6 The Shapes tool has a paths option you can use to create a shape as an editable path.

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