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Mastering Photoshop With Paths | Smashing Magazine

Wow, no-one seems to know how to do this. I’ve been searching for months to see how to combine paths. These guys obviously know their stuff. I’ve saved this here to remind me – please read the original – it has helpful pictures.

 

Boolean Operators

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To allow for more complex shapes, multiple paths can be grouped together into a compound path, on which  Boolean operations can be set. These are accessible in the properties bar of the Path Selection Tool (A) and include: Add (+), Subtract (-), Intersect and Exclude. Add specifies a fill area and Subtract defines an area that is not filled; if only one path exists, the entire canvas is considered the fill area from which the shape is subtracted. Intersect sets the fill to areas included in all paths, while Exclude fills all path areas except those that overlap; these modes work only in compound paths.

STACKING ORDER

When creating compound paths, it’s important to take note of the paths’ positions in the stacking order.  A compound shape with an Add path on the bottom and a Subtract on top will be completely different with swapped depths. A path’s Boolean operator takes effect on all of the paths below it. Unfortunately, there are no commands or palettes to simply swap depths in Photoshop; you’ll need to use a series of Cut (Command + X) and Paste (Command + V) to rearrange them.

 

COMBINING

Combining paths can help reduce complexity by creating a single path from the perimeter of a compound path’s fill area. To do so, select the paths to combine using the Path Selection Tool(A) and click the Combine button in the Tool Properties bar.

 

via Mastering Photoshop With Paths | Smashing Magazine.

Photoshop Tip – combining Multiple paths.

There’s no set order to these – this just happens to be something I’m looking up. Actually I think it’s pretty good of me to share.

 

Why blog about web stuff?

This site is a portfolio of the sites I have designed. I consider them to be all my own work but fully admit none of them would be here without the sweat and (probably) tears of others. As I build the blog I’ll share links for the sites I get my information from – who has helped me a long the way and will share the things I learn.

This blog is not for you – it’s mine, all mine I tell you!  It’s kind of a portfolio I can share with people but it’s also supposed to be a place where I can share my web design journey. Some things I have decided to store here so I can refer back to them – little snippets or tutorials that I know I’ll want to read again. If you get some benefit from reading this – great. If not – look elsewhere. It’s a vast internet, you can’t expect me to file it all for you.

Things you might find here include (but is not limited to):

  • Stuff I have learned about Photoshop, Illustrator, other software
  • Updates on My SEO campaigns – good and bad
  • Plugins I love for WordPress
  • WordPress (my friend)
  • Links to my own sites
  • Hosting bits and bobs
  • Someone to set up a WordPress site for you on the cheap
  • Things I have learned about social networking
  • Snippets of useful things about ecommerce
  • Information you never needed about me

Things you will not find here (no matter how hard you look):

  • Celebrity gossip
  • Pictures of fluffy kittens
  • Spiritual enlightenment, God or the path to heaven
  • Cute stories about my kids

Now we’ve got that straight you can carry on reading – or not.

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