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Create no-fuss compound shapes in Photoshop

Added on Sunday 27th of December 2009 09:21 am EST
 

Application:
Adobe Photoshop CS2/CS3/CS4

Operating Systems:
Macintosh, Microsoft Windows

 

I use Adobe Illustrator frequently and usually fumble around in Photoshop, trying to figure out if there are ways to do things in Photoshop the same way as in Illustrator. For example, does Photoshop have a Pathfinder panel like Illustrator does? I’d like to make a compound shape in Photoshop and can’t figure out how to do this.

 

Photoshop and Illustrator do have many interface similarities that help you familiarize yourself with another Creative Suite application if you’re already a master at one. That said, Photoshop does not have a Pathfinder panel like Adobe Illustrator does. But you can still intersect paths—forming compound paths—with the help of the tool Options bar. In fact, we created the flower shape shown in Figure A with this very method.

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To intersect paths in Photoshop:

 

  1. Select the Pen tool or the Shape tool from the Tools panel. Tip: