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How do you fill in a standalone path?


Question

CS5:

I created a standalone path by mistake, instead of creating a new shape layer.

What's the correct method of turning this into a new shape layer?

I tried converting to a selection, but I then seemed unable to fill the selection as I normally would, and I'm not sure how/if this would create a new layer from the path.

Thank you.

2013/01/22
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1/22/2013 2:24:00 PM

A path created with the Pen tool does not become an image element until you stroke or fill it. The Fill Path command fills a path with pixels using a specified color, a state of the image, a pattern, or a fill layer.


Fill a path using the current Fill Path settings
1. Select the path in the Paths panel.
2. Click the Fill Path button at the bottom of the Paths panel.

or you can

Fill a path and specify options

  1. Select the path in the Paths panel.
  2. Fill the path: Alt-click (Windows) or Option-click (Mac OS) the Fill Path button at the bottom of the Paths panel.

    Alt-drag (Windows) or Option-drag (Mac OS) the path to the Fill Path button.

    Choose Fill Path from the Paths panel menu. If the selected path is a path component, this command changes to Fill Subpath.

  3. For Use, choose the contents for the fill.

  4. Specify an opacity for the fill. To make the fill more transparent, use a low percentage. A setting of 100% makes the fill opaque.
  5. Choose a blending mode for the fill. The Mode list includes a Clear mode that lets you erase to transparency. You must be working in a layer other than the background to use this option.

  6. Choose Preserve Transparency to limit the fill to layer areas that contain pixels.

  7. Select a Rendering option: Feather Radius: Defines how far inside and outside the selection border the feather edge extends. Enter a value in pixels. Anti-aliased: Creates a finer transition between the pixels in the selection and the surrounding pixels by partially filling the edge pixels of the selection.

  8. Click OK.

2013/01/22
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1/22/2013 6:11:00 PM