I traced my object using the pen tool, go to the paths tab, ctrl + click on icon, alert says "no pixels selected". I've tried selecting both the layer and work path but continue to get this alert. I want to cut out the path I drew from the background. All help is appreciated
Try converting the path to a selection so there are pixels selected on the layer or if its a normal layer click on the add later mask icon twice in the layers palette so the vector path gets added as a vector layer mask. Once you have the object cutout use Ctrl+Click the layer palette layer content icon.