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How do I use the Pen tool to subtract from shape in Photoshop?


Question

I'm following this tutorial and I got stuck in this step

Using the same Pen Tool (P) in a new layer we must represent the frontal part for letter “O”. Firstly we need to draw the outer shape of the letter “O” and close off the path, then select the path in Paths panel, go to Pen Tool (P), choose Subtract from shape area option from Options bar and draw in where the hole should be.

How do I achieve that step?

Here is my attempt to follow the instruction... what am I doing wrong??

I'm using Photoshop CC 2015

2016/08/14
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8/14/2016 7:33:00 PM

The way you are doing it should work fine if you select both paths and select "Fill Path.." instead of only selecting the inside path and filling the subpath, as that ignores the outer path, however...

What you should be doing is using a shape layer instead. From the dropdown at the top left where it says "Path", change that to "Shape". This will create a vector shape layer that you don't need to manually fill. You can then edit your shape as much as you like without having to redo any fills and it will be a lot easier to change and understand the shape modes of your subpaths.

2016/08/15
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8/15/2016 8:58:00 AM