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multiple Clipping path into Selections

New Here ,
Jan 21, 2020 Jan 21, 2020

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Hi PS community,

 

I need your help. I am clipping out some beds for a presentation and while in most cases on path can be created (and afterwards selected) sometimes I am creating multiple path, for example to select a different area. It used to be that with the selection tool I could select all the closed multiple path adn make them into a selection just by pressing the select function in the path window (runningants apeared). Now this functuion is gone and I can not work out how to select multiple path at the same time. It always only selects one. If someone can help that would be awesome. It has to be done using this method, so any other suggestiuons like masking, ect are not an option (all the work is already done with the pen tool).

Anyone can help that would be awesome.

Thanks,

Markus

 

 

 

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Adobe Community Professional , Jan 22, 2020 Jan 22, 2020
Thanks for the file. It definitely helped. I think I may now understand your issue (hopefully  ). You need to tell Photoshop that your smaller paths are intended to remove, as opposed to add, to any potential selection. You can do this by selecting these smaller paths and setting them to "Subtract Front Shape" from the options bar at the top of Photoshop. Now when you make a selection you'll find that the area defined by the smaller path will not be included in the greater selection. The a...

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Jan 21, 2020 Jan 21, 2020

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Hi Markus,

 

A couple of random points that may help…

 

Are you switching to the Path Selection Tool to select paths and not using the default Move Tool?

 

Within the Paths panel it's possible to select multiple paths. To select a continuous series of paths use the Shift key. To select a series of random paths use the Command/Control key. With one or multiple paths selected it's possible to turn that into a selection by using the Load path as a selection button at the bottom of the Paths panel.

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New Here ,
Jan 22, 2020 Jan 22, 2020

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Hi Michael,

 

thanks for your reply. It still does not work. I can not select 2 or 3 closed pen tool selections. It always selects on or the other. I tried what your suggested, but it still doesn't work for me. I use CC2019. Could you just try it yourself on the file attached and let me know where I am going wrong. I come from an older version to CC now and some thing seemed to have changed. Thanks for your help, the Path is in the file, with 3 seperate clipping path attached.Test_CC_path.jpg

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Jan 22, 2020 Jan 22, 2020

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Are you making sure to hold down the Shift key when trying to select multiple paths?

 

I have downloaded and opened your file but it doesn't appear to include the paths you mentioned. If the Adobe forum is resizing your image it may also be stripping out paths.

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Jan 22, 2020 Jan 22, 2020

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Yes Michael, I do hold down the shift key. The multiple path are all saved as "Path 1", not seperate path for each selection. How can I make multiple selections out of 3 different colsed path, saved as "Path 1"?

Any other way I couild send you the file, as it had the path in originally,

Thanks,

Markus

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Jan 22, 2020 Jan 22, 2020

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It seems like you are doing things correctly Markus. Have you tried resetting the Photoshop preferences? When odd behaviour creeps into Photoshop this will often fix the issue.

 

Preferences

 

Press and hold Alt+Control+Shift (Windows) or Option+Command+Shift (Mac OS) as you start Photoshop. You are prompted to delete the current settings. The new preferences files are created the next time you start Photoshop.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Jan 22, 2020 Jan 22, 2020

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As for posting the file to the forum...

  1. Can you attach a Photoshop file (this should retain your paths)? Or
  2. Can you add the file to something like Dropbox and post the link?

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New Here ,
Jan 22, 2020 Jan 22, 2020

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Hi Michael,

 

here the link to the dropbox file. If you can tell me where I am going wrong, that would be super. I have no idea why it got changed from the previous version. I reset PS, still all the same.

Thanks again,

Markus

 

Test_CC_path.psd

 

 

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Jan 22, 2020 Jan 22, 2020

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Thanks for the file. It definitely helped. I think I may now understand your issue (hopefully 🙂 ).

 

You need to tell Photoshop that your smaller paths are intended to remove, as opposed to add, to any potential selection. You can do this by selecting these smaller paths and setting them to "Subtract Front Shape" from the options bar at the top of Photoshop. Now when you make a selection you'll find that the area defined by the smaller path will not be included in the greater selection.

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The arrangement of your paths becomes important at this point. If you are not getting the result you want select the relevant path and change the arrangement option

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New Here ,
Jan 23, 2020 Jan 23, 2020

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Thnaks heaps Michael, this is the suloution to my problem. Completly missed these options. All good now.

Thanks for your time and help.

Cheers

Markus

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Jan 23, 2020 Jan 23, 2020

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Excellent. Thanks Markus. Happy to help.

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Jan 22, 2020 Jan 22, 2020

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These are not paths, but subpaths.

Just deselect them.

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Jul 02, 2021 Jul 02, 2021

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Very nice answer, thank you.

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