Photoshop Pen Tool: draw lines in a vector mask


How could I draw lines in a vector mask ? I want to reach the same effect like if I were working with shapes, because the image needs to be vector and scalable.

For example, if I draw an elipse, then fill a layer with white and reveal vector mask associated to this path, I will be seeing a white circle.

What I want to do is the same, but instead of seeing a white circle, I want to see the circle stroke, like if I have stroked the path with white color, is this possible?

5/22/2012 5:48:00 PM

Groups can have vector masks. So, you can mask a shape layer with a group. Or even a group with another group.

Group mask

100% vector. 100% editable later. This works in Photoshop CS5 and CS6 (I can't remember if versions prior to CS5 had the feature). You could also use a clipping mask, depending on what you're after.

Edit: After seeing the link of the shape you're after, I think just using a few paths on the same layer with boolean path operations should do the trick.

If you need portions of a shape layer to be see-through, multiple paths with different boolean path operations can be used. In the example below, the larger circle is set to combine shapes, and the smaller circle is set to subtract front shape. The sequence you draw the shapes matters, because that’s the order the boolean path operations are applied.

— quoted from an article I wrote: Masking in Photoshop CS6

If you have Illustrator installed, sometimes complex shapes can be quicker and easier to draw than Photoshop. You can copy and paste the result into Photoshop as a shape layer, keeping edibility.

6/22/2012 3:34:00 AM