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TROUBLE USING THE PEN TOOL THE LATEST VERSION OF CC

Explorer ,
Feb 26, 2022 Feb 26, 2022

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Just recently went from CS5 to the latest CC and I'm having a really tough time doing something that was extremely simple in CS5.

When using the pen tool to make a path in CS5, I would first select add to path area and make a path around the entire object.  Then I would select "subtract from path area" and make paths for all of the negative spaces within the object.  Regardless of how many paths I made while in "subtract from path" mode, I would be, well, subtracting from the outside path.

I can not for the LIFE of me figure out how to do this EXTREMELY simple procedure using the CC version of the pen tool and no, I don't want to have to make dozens of NEW paths and save them so that I can go back to each and every one and "subtract from front image".  I've GOT to be missing something here.

HELP !!!!!!!

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Community Expert , Feb 26, 2022 Feb 26, 2022

Once you draw the second path, and change the mode to subtract, you should be able to keep drawing additional paths in subtract mode, without having to change the mode, as it's sticky. The problem is switching while the normal path is selected and turning it into a subtract shape. 

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Feb 26, 2022 Feb 26, 2022

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Is it not in the tool bar at the top, just to the right of selection, mask, shape buttons. The little double white square?

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Feb 26, 2022 Feb 26, 2022

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Draw your first shape in add or combine mode. Then draw your subtract shape in the same mode. Then with that path selected change the mode to subtract. Changing the mode before you draw the second shape will change the first path to subtract mode.

 

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Explorer ,
Feb 26, 2022 Feb 26, 2022

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Thanks for the responses.

Chuck,

I've read that before but when there are say dozens or more of negative spaces to cut out, that method would be REALLY cumbersome.  For instance, I just grabbed the attached image off the internet.  I know for something with this much contrast you wouldn't even need the pen tool to make an accurate selection but just for the sake of this conversation, I can't imagine using your method and having to address each and every negative space that way.

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Feb 26, 2022 Feb 26, 2022

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Once you draw the second path, and change the mode to subtract, you should be able to keep drawing additional paths in subtract mode, without having to change the mode, as it's sticky. The problem is switching while the normal path is selected and turning it into a subtract shape. 

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Feb 27, 2022 Feb 27, 2022

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Yep !  Thanks Chuck !

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