7 Replies Latest reply: Apr 20, 2009 9:52 AM by Paulo Skylar RSS

    Load Path as Selection

    Curt Y Community Member

      I completed my path and clicked Load Path as a Selection.  I have 2 cut out areas (holes) in the path, and the selection process did not include the holes, even though the path shows them.  I had the button pressed "exclude overlapping path areas" when I made the path.

       

      How do I get the path to select the outline, minus the "holes"?  Kind of like a coffee cup profile with the hole in the handle excluded to show just the outline of the cup.

        • 1. Re: Load Path as Selection
          Paulo Skylar Community Member

          Create your first path. Click on the "Subtract from path area"  button. Draw your second interior path. Finally, load the path as a selection.

           

          Paulo

          • 2. Re: Load Path as Selection
            Curt Y Community Member

              Can I use what I have somehow, or do I need to start over?

            • 3. Re: Load Path as Selection
              Curt Y Community Member

              Tried that but still the same result.  The hole is not subracted.

              • 4. Re: Load Path as Selection
                D Fosse-QDEaQ1 Community Member

                curt y wrote:

                 

                I had the button pressed "exclude overlapping path areas" when I made the path.

                That should work, don't know why it didn't, maybe it's reset prefs time.

                 

                But anyway you can still subtract the holes. Fetch the path selection tool (the black arrow) and click / shift-click to select the sub-paths you want to punch out. Then hit the subtract path button in the options bar.

                • 5. Re: Load Path as Selection
                  Zeno Bokor CommunityMVP

                  Here's the problem with working with paths in Photoshop: the stacking of the shapes inside the path is very important but you can't easily change that.

                   

                  The uppermost shape interacts with all the shapes beneath it acording to the settings in the Options bar, if you want to rearange them you will have to select the path you want to bring to the front, Cut it and then Paste it back in place. You won't notice any difference on screen but now the path you just pasted is at the top of the stack

                   

                  So if you first make a large circle and then you make a small circle in the middle of it, to cut out the small circle from the large one you have to select the small circle and from the options bar select Subtract from Shape area because the small circle is at the top. But if you first make the small circle and then the large one and want to achieve the same result then you have to select the large circle and select Exclude from Shape area. Or of course cut/paste the small circle so that it's at the top of the stack and then with it selected chose Subtract from Shape area

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                  • 6. Re: Load Path as Selection
                    Curt Y Community Member

                    D Fosse

                     

                    Thanks that worked.  Had to play with it a little bit to find the path selection arrow, and get the right combination of moves (path showing, subtract button, hit enter).

                    • 7. Re: Load Path as Selection
                      Paulo Skylar Community Member

                      The information on changing path stacking order is useful. Thanks !

                       

                      Paul