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I cant make path selection work on the inner areas of my path selection

Aug 20, 2012 1:30 PM

Tags: #problem #error #issue #image #mac #path #selection #cs5.1 #photosop

The problem is that it's only loading the outline of my path as the selection. All the inner areas aren't included, and I want to chop them out as well

 
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    Aug 20, 2012 1:42 PM   in reply to Pankuka

    What version of photoshop?

     

    You probably need to use the Path Selection Tool and change the path operations to Combine or Exclude in the tool options bar.

    Then make the selection from the path.

     
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    Aug 20, 2012 1:48 PM   in reply to Pankuka

    Use the Path Selection Tool, click on the path outline and set the option in the tool options bar to Add To Shape Area

     

     

     

    Untitled-2.png

     
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    Aug 20, 2012 1:52 PM   in reply to Pankuka

    Did you see the screenshot i posted? The tool options bar is just below the menus that say filter, setect etc.

     
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    Aug 20, 2012 1:55 PM   in reply to Pankuka

    Could post a screenshot of your photoshop window and explain what you want to happen?

     

    Do you have more than one path?

     
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  • JJMack
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    Aug 20, 2012 2:04 PM   in reply to Pankuka

    How did you create the Path? There are four icon the controll how path are joined. This screen capture show I user 24 elliptcial path each in Add mode. You can see this in the path Palette, Howt the layer was fille and see the Add to path ICON is active.

    AddToPath.jpg

    SubFromPath.jpg

     
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    Aug 20, 2012 2:24 PM   in reply to Pankuka

    Crops are always rectangles its sounds more like you want to mask out the background.

     
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  • Antonio Sanchez
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    Aug 20, 2012 2:24 PM   in reply to Pankuka

    you can post image of 4 paths, thanks

     
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    Aug 20, 2012 2:44 PM   in reply to Pankuka

    You can make selection for different areas using different tools like the pen  tool to sharp well defined areas then turn the path into a selection and save selections as alpha channels. When you have all the selection you need you can combine the selection.  However for Hair its useally best to strart with a copy on one of the color channels and use Photoshop's tools on it to create a mask.

     

    You need good contrast between the subject and the background and it helps it the original background is white or light gray.

    http://mouseprints.net/old/dpr/ReplaceBG.html

     
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    Aug 20, 2012 2:51 PM   in reply to Pankuka

    This is a very simple example with multiple paths:

     

    1. set the path selection tool option to add to shape area

     

     

     

    2. drag the path selection tool across the image to select all the paths

     

    path-2.jpg

     

    3. convert the paths to a selection

     

    path-2a.jpg

     

     

    4. add a layer mask which will hide the areas outside the paths

     

     

    path-3.jpg

     
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    Aug 20, 2012 3:43 PM   in reply to Pankuka

    If you Cmd click on Path 2 Copy in your screenshot does the selection load?

     

     

    Untitled-5.jpg

     
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    Aug 20, 2012 5:13 PM   in reply to Pankuka

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    Activate the Path Selection Tool.

     

    Option-click on the compound Path's thumbnail in the Paths panel. That will select all components of the Path.

     

    dancers1.png

     

    In the options bar, click the Subtract button to ensure all components are negative.

     

    PathSubtract.png

     

     

    Click on the canvas outside of the entire path to deselect all of the path. Click on the line of the main outline path to select only it.

     

    In the options bar, click the Add button to make the main outline positive.

     

    PathAdd.png

     

     

    The compound path should be correct now.

     

    You can target the Path and the image layer then Add Vector Mask to the image layer, or Command-click the Path's thumbnail to get a marquee then Add Layer Mask to the image layer.

     
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    Aug 20, 2012 7:21 PM   in reply to Pankuka

    You're welcome! I'm glad to have helped.

     
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