How to Select Paths to be Transformed in Photoshop CS6

By Barbara Obermeier

Transforming paths in Photoshop CS6 is pretty much the same as transforming selections, except that you can apply the Distort, Perspective, and Warp commands only to whole paths. The major difference between transforming paths and transforming selections is in how you select the path.

To select all paths, follow these steps:

  1. Choose Window→Paths.

  2. Click the pathname in the Paths panel.

  3. Choose Edit→Transform Path and choose your desired transformation from the submenu.

    You can also choose Edit→Free Transform Path.

To select a single path, follow these steps:

  1. Choose Window→Paths.

  2. Click the pathname in the Paths panel.

  3. Select the Path Selection tool.

  4. Click the path with the Path Selection tool.

  5. Choose Edit→Transform Path and choose your desired transformation from the submenu.

    You can also choose Edit→Free Transform Path. Or you can transform the path by rotating it.

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To select part of a path, follow these steps:

  1. Choose Window→Paths.

  2. Click the pathname in the Paths panel.

  3. Select the Direct Selection tool.

  4. Select the points you want with the Direct Selection tool.

  5. Choose Edit→Transform Points and choose your desired transformation from the submenu.

    You can also choose Edit→Free Transform Points.