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How to Create and Save a Path in the Paths Panel in Photoshop CS6

When you create a path in Adobe Photoshop CS6, it appears in the Paths panel as a work path. A work path is temporary and unsaved, and you can have only one work path in the Paths panel at a time.

If the work path is selected when you begin another path, your actions are added to the current work path. If the existing work path is hidden and you begin drawing another path, that new work path replaces the existing one.

You can save yourself a lot of grief if you make sure that your path is saved before you start creating it. If you select New Path from the Paths panel pop-up menu before you create the path, Photoshop saves the work path, and it becomes a saved path (also called a named path). You can also click the Create New Path icon at the bottom of the Paths panel.

To save a work path, double-click the path in the Paths panel. Or choose Save Path from the Paths panel pop-up menu. (Click the down arrow in the upper-right of the panel to open the menu.) Then, provide a name in the Save Path dialog box that appears and click OK.

After you save your path, you can reload it at any time. Unlike layers, paths take up very little storage space, so don’t hesitate to save them. You don’t want to go through all that work again if you don’t have to. Unlike work paths, you can have as many saved paths as your heart desires.

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