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Alana Rees
Tracing an image with path/mask tools.
on Feb 12, 2010 at 12:56:28 am


I'm new to Photoshop and am looking to trace elements of an image I have loaded. My end-goal is to have a series of layers that make up my loaded image so that I can move and manipulate them individually. Basically wondering how to best achieve this?

At the moment, I have been using the Pen tool to create paths around each element of my image. I am liking this so far as I have the flexibility to go in an manipulate my paths so they match my original image as much as possible. I am then basically "filling" these paths with a color by Command + clicking the paths in my Path tab.

So far this is working well except that once the path is filled, I cannot manipulate it after. I am also having a hard time finding a way to feather the edges of the filled path layer, is this possible?

Any ideas or suggestions on how to accomplish this would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks in avance!

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John Mensinger
Re: Tracing an image with path/mask tools.
on Feb 12, 2010 at 3:02:07 am

Before filling, create a new layer. That will put your path fill on the new layer so it will indeed be available for individual manipulation. To feather the fill, apply a Gaussian Blur.

And/or...instead of working directly with the path, you can convert it to a selection. Once it is an active selection, choose Select > Feather, then fill.

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