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Real World Print Production with Adobe Creative Suite Applications by Claudia McCue

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Creating a Path: Right and Wrong

Photoshop’s attempts to convert an active selection (“marching ants”) to a clipping path are valiant, but the results are usually less than stellar. Because a Magic Wand selection follows the rectangular edges of pixels, it’s not a very good basis for a smooth clipping path.

In some instances, noodling with the Make Work Path tolerance setting on the Paths panel (Window > Paths) can soften the granularity of the generated path (Figure 9.10), but you’ll have to keep reloading the selection and experimenting with the tolerance settings, since this function doesn’t offer any preview of the outcome.

Figure 9.10. The Make Work Path tolerance setting smooths a path that’s generated from an active selection.

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