Today, we are going to talk more about creating paths. If you missed part 1, please go and review – I know it’s been a while.
I want to start today by talking a little bit about the Paths Palette. To access the Paths Palette, select the Pen Tool. At the top of the screen, you can choose between the Pen Tool or a Path. Choose Path – you can see the Palette on the right hand side where the layers are stored.
When you click the small box, Create A New Path, in the Paths Palette, you can start your path. This is easy to do if you know you will be creating paths in your project. You can explore these options as you practice.
I want to spend most of today learning how to create a path without the pen tool. It can be done! And we are going to work on how to do it. I think this will be most useful to bloggers who are looking for something more graphic but different.
To do this simply:
Open an existing image and select a shape tool. I used the Custom Shape Tool.
Choose a shape from the shape library on the Options bar and open an image. I chose a paw print.
Still using the shape tool, drag a path in your image window. You will need to make sure that you make your path a selection. This is done easily by right clicking the path in the Paths Palette and choosing Make A Selection.
Next, choose Layer – New – Lay via Copy. This will make your path it’s own layer. You can hide the original background image by clicking the eyeball icon in the Layers Palette.
When you take away the background image you are left with this:
Pretty cool, huh? And it’s pretty easy to do!
What do you think? Could you make a path like this on your own?