How to convert selection to path in Photoshop tutorial

Learn how to convert a selection to a path in Photoshop CC 2018 2017 2015 etc

Convert a selection to a path

convert selection to path in photoshop
  1. Use an existing selection or make a selection using elliptical marquee tool for the convert to path

  2. Window menu and paths in Photoshop

  3. Goto the paths panel and right side menu

  4. Make work path

  5. Set required tolerance (the default is fine in most cases but 1 is better but more points)

  6. Click OK

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The path can now be used in other parts of Photoshop such as conversion to a vector design etc


Custom shapes creation : selectionsYou can also go to the edit menu and use the define custom shape command to save the item to the presets panel and then use that artwork multiple times in future projects.


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Manipulate using curvature tool : curvatureYou can also further manipulate the vector by using the powerful curvature tool to manipulate the points and curve the artwork and create a variety of new designs from that basic original work.


The curvature tool can manipulate the points and curve in 1000s of ways and you can then go back and define it as a new custom shape.


Outline path : outlineThere is no outline feature in PS so if you want to add an outline around a shape etc then a way around this is to use the art as a selection and convert that back. Apply a shape as a layer and then go to the panel and make a selection. The selection follows the shapes design. Now go to the select menu and modify and border and set to 20px. Go back to the panel and then use the make command with a tolerance of 2 (as default). You now have an outline of the original shape.


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