13.3 The Paths Tool

The Paths tool is not exactly a selection tool, but it does offer a powerful way to build complicated selections. You can access it from the Toolbox (see Figure 13-54), from Image: Tools > Paths, or by pressing . The keyboard shortcut comes from Bézier curves, which is another name for paths.

A Bézier curve is a powerful mathematical tool for describing sophisticated curves. Although the mathematics are complicated, the curves, or paths, are fairly easy to create using a small set of anchor points and the corresponding handles of these points. Modifying the curve by moving, adding, or removing anchor points or by changing the ...

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