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Create an accurate work path from a selection

[vc_row gap=”2″][vc_column width=”1/2″ css=”.vc_custom_1541085237417{border-radius: 2px !important;}”][vc_column_text]We’ve all spent probably half our life pathing images as professional retouchers & photographers (unless your lucky enough to outsource). Sometimes we use selections and then create a work path to get the job done quicker, problem is work paths are generally not very accurate especially on more complex selections/shapes and can cause more problems then its worth. Lucky for you I can tell you a way of making a work path much more accurate.
[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_separator color=”white” border_width=”3″][vc_single_image image=”1283″ img_size=”full” css=”.vc_custom_1541088906212{border-radius: 2px !important;}”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]This guide is based on the assumption you have already have a good layer, mask, channel to select from first but you would also like to create an accurate path from this.

Step 1: I would start off by creating a separate photoshop file from the original called ‘-resize’ at the end of it

Step 2: Once you have saved this new file out, navigate to Image > Image size and put resolution at 1200 dpi

Step 3: Give Photoshop a minute to recalculate and resize your image, if you have lots of layers this may take a while

Step 4: Make your selection that you want to make an accurate work path of

Step 5: Navigate to the Path box and select make a work path, I would say at around 0.5 px, but use your judgement depending on the image

Step 6: Double click your new path to change it from a work path to ‘Path 1’

Step 7: Go back to Menu Image > Image size and resample your image back down to 300dpi

Step 8: Copy your newly made path from your ‘-resize’ psd to the original psd and there you go you have a very precise path to go from again

NOTE: This is a good process for making accurate work paths from selections but I wouldn’t recommend using this for ultra fine detail like hair, I imagine you wouldnt get the desired result…I will be making another tutorial for hair selection using channels
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