Photoshop 1.16 [masks via paths]

“Using paths to create a mask”

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  1. Begin by opening Adobe Photoshop CS3. You will now need to open the photograph / file you would like to extract/isolate.
  2. In the Layers Palette, select the “Paths” tab (Shown in red rectangle to the right).[Premium Content - Login] [Membership Options]
  3. Create a new path by clicking on the New Path icon (shown with red circle to the right).
  4. Select the pen tool from the tool palette and outline the object. You will need to click where you would like to start the curve, then click on the next control point for the curve. If you click and hold on a control point, you can adjust the curvature of the line segment you just created. Making good curves takes practice and skill to do well. After you have surrounded the object, make sure to click in the box where you began your curve, this will close your curve.
  5. If you need to, you can create more paths using steps 3 & 4.
  6. When you have finished drawing your paths, right click on the path and select “Make Selection...” This will convert your path into a selection. You have the option to set feathering which may or may not be desirable.[Premium Content - Login] [Membership Options]
  7. With your selection made, click on the Layers tab in the Layers Palette. Next, click the “Add Layer Mask” button to create a layer mask from your selection. The background of your image will now disappear.
  8. Note: If you cannot select “Add Layer Mask,” your image is on the background layer and is locked. Right click on the layer and select “New Layer from Background...” from the context menu that appears. Now you can click “Add Layer Mask.”

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