Chapter 9 Paths Project:

Start your paths project by copying the image below into Photoshop. This image we will trace with the pen tool to create a path that we will then manipulate to create a logo design. You can get it from the website where we have downloaded previous images.
                                                                       
Step 1: Copy the horse image above and paste it into a layer in Photoshop. This is our image we will trace. You can find it online at www.sleepingdogstudios under the projects at the top of Photoshop Index under the name  Ch-9: Paths Project
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Step 2: Transform the image enlarging it enough so you can get a good tracing image off it to use for a logo design

Step 3: Go to the horse image layer and reduce the opacity to about 50% so it is ghosted in. This will make it easier to see to trace over.

Step 4: Select the pen tool next and first set the top control bar icon for the Pen Tool to Create Paths icon.
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Step 5:  Starting at the nose, work your way around the entire outline of the horse adding anchor points until you trace the entire horse and come back to the first anchor point. When you click on the point you started at your path will be complete. As you work, in your Paths Panel, the image shape you are building will appear as the Work Path once you complete it. It will NOT show up in the Layer Panel however. Your path should look like this roughly.

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Step 6: Your path will appear in the Paths Panel under the name Work Path. Click on the name and change it to horse path.
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Step 7: In the bottom of the Paths Panel – click on the icon that reads Load Path as a Selection.
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Your path will load into your image as a selection- you can tell it is a selection as it will change to a moving dashed line indicating that the selection is active
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Step 8: Now with your path converted to a selection we can fill it in with a color to create our logo design.  Start by creating a new blank layer we will pour a color into. For now leave the image layer we traced off  but leave turned off its  visibility.

Step 9: Click on the Horse Path you have already changed into a selection in the Path Panel to make the selection appear again if need be.

Step 10: With the blank layer selected and the moving selection marquee visible, go to the Paint Bucket Tool and pour in a solid color. Your selection should fill in and give you this.
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Step 11: Next go online> Go to Google> select images and do a search for Pegasus – the winged flying horse. Find a version that will match the angle of the horse you have already. You are going to import this image and trace just the wings off it to create another path that we will add to your original horse path. Here is the version I chose to use overlaid over the background horse image.
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Step 12: Resize the Pegasus and position it over your first horse so the wings about match the position where you want to add them. Then turn off the visibility of the original horse and turn the opacity of the Pegasus to about 50%. Turn back on your layer with the black silhouette filled in and line up the two as best before starting to trace the wings. Once lined up- reduce the opacity on the black horse so you can see the wings through it and better complete the next tracing step.
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Step 13: With both image layer ghosted in opacity, the Pegasus and the black horse, use the anchor tool to draw all the way around tracing the wings to create another path shape we can convert and infill with a color. This will appear in the Paths Panel as Work Path as soon as you start to create it. Once you complete the path, rename it Wings in the panel. Turn off the visibility of the Pegasus you just traced, we no longer need it. You should now have the black horse layer and the wings path over it looking like this.
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Step 14: In the Paths panel, click on the Wings path and select the  “Load Path as Selection” icon at the bottom. The wings path you just create will turn into a selection marquee you can now pour color into.

Step 15: Return to your layer that you have already created the black horse on. With the Wings path activated as a selection, use the same color you used before and pour color into the wings. The two shapes will fuse together and you will now have wings on the horse you just traced. It should look somewhat like this.
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Step 16: Now turn off the image layer for you winged horse for the next steps so your work area is white. We will next combine the two paths and save them as a path called winged horse we can bring up again when we need the logo we just created.

Step 17: In the Paths panel we have two saved paths- Horse Path and Wings. Start by clicking on Wings and choosing the Load Path As Selection icon at bottom. The path on screen will change to a moving selection marquee line.

Step 18: Next click on the Horse Path in the panel. Clicking on the same icon will turn this into an active selection again but will also turn off the first path you turned into a selection. We need to keep both paths active as selections simultaneously and then combine them.

 To do this: instead go to the flyout menu of the Paths Panel top right corner and open it.
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Choose Make Selection from the list of items. When you choose it a Make Selection Dialogue box opens.
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Check the Add To Selection under Operation area and hit OK. The two masks will now fuse together as a single selection area.

Step 19: To demonstrate this - create a new blank layer and using this selection pour a gradient into it. The gradient will fill the mask and look roughly like this.
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Step 20: Now to return the fused selections to a path in the Paths Panel and save it under a new name. Click again on your screen to reactivate the current active selection you just used. Once you see the lines moving indicating it is active, go to your Paths Panel and click the bottom icon that reads Make Work Path from Selection. Your selection will appear in your Paths panel with the name Work Path. Click on that name and rename it Pegasus path when the Save Path box opens and allows you to name the path. At any point now you can return to these paths and activate either the horse path, wings path or combination path as a selection to work on your image logo. PRINT OUT YOUR FINAL PEGASUS AND TURN IT IN AT THIS POINT WITH YOUR NAME ON IT. MAKE SURE IT IS LARGE ENOUGH TO ALMOST FILL AN 8.5” BY 11” PAGE