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Aug 21, 2020

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Hi there

 

New to Photoshop (and graphics as a whole)

 

Trying to do something which I am sure is very basic and easy, jsut can't get my head around it.

 

I have a circle with a pattern fill.  Using the pen too I am drawing a path shape which I then want to erase, leaving a transparent area.  The pen tool path seems to be creating a fresh layer.

 

Getting myself lost tbh.  Do I need to convert this to a selection, or a mask?

 

thanks (and apologies for the daft question!)

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Ensure in the options bar that the pen tool is set to path (not shape). If you want the circle to end up transparent, rather than the area around the path to be transparent, set path options to subtract.

 

davescm_0-1598006600916.png

 

Then create your circular path.

 

Finally , in the paths panel click twice on the mask symbol at the bottom to add a vector mask in the shape of the path.

davescm_1-1598006650611.png

davescm_2-1598006684285.png

 

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Quick pen/path cutout

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Hi there

 

New to Photoshop (and graphics as a whole)

 

Trying to do something which I am sure is very basic and easy, jsut can't get my head around it.

 

I have a circle with a pattern fill.  Using the pen too I am drawing a path shape which I then want to erase, leaving a transparent area.  The pen tool path seems to be creating a fresh layer.

 

Getting myself lost tbh.  Do I need to convert this to a selection, or a mask?

 

thanks (and apologies for the daft question!)

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Correct answer by davescm | Adobe Community Professional

Ensure in the options bar that the pen tool is set to path (not shape). If you want the circle to end up transparent, rather than the area around the path to be transparent, set path options to subtract.

 

davescm_0-1598006600916.png

 

Then create your circular path.

 

Finally , in the paths panel click twice on the mask symbol at the bottom to add a vector mask in the shape of the path.

davescm_1-1598006650611.png

davescm_2-1598006684285.png

 

Dave

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Hi

Sounds like you have the Pen Tool set to Shape, change it to Path on the options bar

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After you create the selection you can right click and select Make Selection

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Hi Ged

 

Perfect, that makes sense now.

 

Thank you!

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Ensure in the options bar that the pen tool is set to path (not shape). If you want the circle to end up transparent, rather than the area around the path to be transparent, set path options to subtract.

 

davescm_0-1598006600916.png

 

Then create your circular path.

 

Finally , in the paths panel click twice on the mask symbol at the bottom to add a vector mask in the shape of the path.

davescm_1-1598006650611.png

davescm_2-1598006684285.png

 

Dave

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Thank you Dave

 

This was the end result I was looking for, got there in the end, but all a learning curve.  

 

Initially used Gimp, so spent the last few weeks working it out there, then decided Photoshop may be better, so having to learn it all again, and my age that's a challenge! 🙂

 

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