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Photoshop CS6 All-in-One For Dummies by Barbara Obermeier

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Chapter 2: Creating and Working with Paths

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check.png Working with the Pen tools

check.png Using the Paths panel

check.png Loading paths as selections (and vice versa)

check.png Editing, saving, and selecting paths

Although the Marquee, Lasso, Magic Wand, and Quick Selection tools are fun, friendly, and easy to wield (see Book III, Chapter 1), sometimes they don’t quite have the horsepower to make a precise selection. Therefore, either you spend a lot of time cleaning up what you’ve selected (see Book III, Chapter 3 for more on that topic), or you live with a ho-hum selection. That’s where the Pen tool and its related cronies come to the rescue. The Pen tool creates paths that you can then convert into selections.

Because the Pen tool (along with the related path-editing tools) offers control and precision, it can nail that accurate selection. The only problem is that the Pen tool is far from fun, friendly, and easy. Many new users try the Pen a few times but end up muttering in disgust and returning gratefully to the Lasso tool. However, I guarantee that if you dedicate a good chunk of time to mastering ...

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