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Photoshop – Quick Tip for Working with Paths

Greetings loyal nuts!

One of the best tools for making paths in Photoshop is the Pen Tool. Now this powerful tool strikes fear into the hearts of a lot of designers, so today I have some tips for creating paths WITHOUT the Pen Tool.

Freeform Pen Tool Photoshop

Hate the Pen Tool, no problem. My first tip is for you to try the Freeform Pen Tool, and be sure to check the Magnetic option. You’re now creating paths with a tool that acts like the Magnetic Lasso. That’s right! You can left click to set your own anchor points, or press the Delete key (Mac) or Backspace key (PC) to delete the anchor points you don’t want as you draw.

Freeform Pen Tool Ball Trace

No worries about direction handles here.

Completed Path

Once you have your work path, you can use the Selection or Direction Selection tools to edit the path and make any adjustments.

Turn any selection into a path

If you want to avoid the Pen Tool at all costs, you can turn any active selection into a working path by clicking the 4th icon in the Paths Panel.

Try those quick tips next time you need to make a clipping path or vector path for your images. Cheers!

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3 Comments on Photoshop – Quick Tip for Working with Paths

  1. gordonell // 04/12/2012 at 9:46 am //

    That’s going to be so useful thanks for sharing..

  2. Daniel thomassin // 05/12/2012 at 12:25 pm //

    Merci beaucoup pour le conseil !

  3. This is a great post. Loved the Tutorial. Thanks for the share.

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