• hold spacebar while drawing a path (for example an ellipse) to move it
  • '’A’’ for ‘‘Path Selection Tool’’ or ‘‘Shift+A’’ to toggle between ‘‘Path Selection Tool’’ and ‘‘Direct Selection Tool’’ to select points.
  • '’Ctrl+T’’ = ‘‘Free Transform Path’’
  • '’Window’’ > ‘‘Paths’’ to get the ‘‘Paths Panel’’ beside the ‘‘Layers Panel’’

  • To create outline from bitmap make selection with the ‘‘Magic Wand Tool’’ (‘‘w’’), then right-click > ‘‘Make Work Path’’
  • Use ‘‘Quick Mask’’ (‘‘q’’) while creating selections with the ‘‘Magic Wand Tool’’ to see the result better and use ‘‘Brush’’ to fix some pixels for better selection.

  • to create another work path from a selection rename the first work path in paths palette, then make another work path.
  • '’Path Operations’’ in ‘‘Path Properties’’ are very useful: Combine, Subtract, Intersect, Exclude.
  • nice tutorial from Lynda.com: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bt5nw8fco74

==SVG export from Photoshop== Starting from Photoshop CC 14.2, you can create SVG files directly from Photoshop:

  • Create a file named ‘‘generator.json’’ with the content below in your user home folder.
  • Restart Photoshop and open your PSD file.
  • Activate the generator: ‘‘File > Generate > Image Assets’’.
  • Rename your layer to .svg.
  • The svg file will be created in the assets directory next to your PSD file. Content for ‘‘generator.json’’:
      "generator-assets":  { 
          "svg-enabled": true

    Source: http://stackoverflow.com/questions/5413719/photoshop-custom-shape-to-svg-path-string Source: http://creativedroplets.com/generate-svg-with-photoshop-cc-beta/


  • You can have larger thumbnails in your panels by using ‘‘Panel Options’’ from the panel’s toolbar.

==inside stroke== use ‘‘Stroke’’ -> ‘‘Inside Blending Option’’ to create thicker lines for example for country borders

==create replace black background by transparent==

  • http://graphicdesign.stackexchange.com/questions/2549/photoshop-cs5-setting-a-black-background-to-transparent