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Monday, January 4, 2010
Creating Preset Shapes from JPEG Images
1. Open JPEG in Photoshop. I am using a B&W image of a Gingerbread Man PSP shape because a single color is much easier to convert.
2. Use the Magic Wand to select the shape.
Add to Selection = Selected
Tolerance = 50
Anti-alias = Checked
Contiguous = Checked
Sample All Layers = Unchecked
Here is the image after I selected the black with the magic wand.
If you are having difficulty creating a smooth edge, here are my Refine Edge settings:
3. Go the Paths palette and click the Make Work Path from Selection button.
4. Choose the Direct Selection Tool.
5. Click on a work path on the image with the tool and activate the path and its nodes. Now click on individual nodes to edit them (such as smoothing a curve).
6. Once the path has been editted and smoothed to your liking, then right-click on the path to activate a menu. Choose Define Custom Shape.
7. Give the shape a name and click OK.
8. Now the shape will be available under Custom Shapes.