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3.3.12 The To Path Function

Selections can be converted to Bezier paths. As was described in Section  3.1.1, Bezier paths are extremely useful tools because they allow selections to be interactively modified. The To Path function, found in the Image:Select menu, converts a selection to a Bezier path by automatically finding the control points and the control handle settings to re-create the selection.

Figure  3.19(a)

  
Figure 3.19: Converting a Selection to a Bezier Path
Figure 3.19

illustrates a selection created with the Ellipse Select tool, and Figure  3.19(b) shows the result of applying To Path to it. Applying this function removes the selection from the image window and replaces it with a Bezier path. The path can now be used to interactively modify the selection, as described in Section  3.1.1. To recover the selection click inside the closed path.

Note that clicking inside a path to convert it to a selection might not toggle off the path's visibility. If this happens, the path can be toggled off by clicking on any icon (other than the Bezier Path's) in the Toolbox. Much more on Bezier paths is covered in Section  3.4.

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