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3.4.4 The Paths Button Bar

The Paths dialog button bar provides access to six functions: New Path, Duplicate Path, Path to Selection, Selection to Path, Stroke Path, and Delete Path.

New Path and Duplicate Path are self-evident. The New Path button creates a new path, and the Duplicate Path button duplicates the current active path.

The Path to Selection button converts the active path to a selection. The path can also be converted to a selection by simply clicking inside the path in the image window. In either case, this causes the selection's Marching Ants to appear in the image window but does not necessarily cause the visibility of the path to toggle off. To toggle off the path's visibility, click on a tool icon, other than the one for Bezier Path, in the Toolbox.

The Selection to Path button is the same as the To Path function described in Section  3.3.12. Using this button converts a selection visible in the image window to a new path in the Paths dialog. This becomes the active path and can be seen in the image window.

The Stroke Path button is the same as the Stroke function described in Section  3.3.15. It is applied to the active path using the active brush and the active foreground color. In addition, the Stroke function in the Paths dialog will stroke the path using any painting tool selected from the Toolbox. To specify the painting tool, you select its icon in the Toolbox just prior to clicking the Stroke Path button in the Paths dialog. Using this technique the Airbrush  tool can be used, for example, to stroke the path.

Finally, the Delete Path button removes the active path from the Paths Palette.

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