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Paths Elements - Big Disappointment!

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Old 04-10-2009, 11:19 AM
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Re: Paths Elements - Big Disappointment!

I can do it in Photoshop, but need to be able to do it in Elements, and Elements lacks a Paths tool. I haven't found a workaround for this, if you can suggest one I'd be very grateful.
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Old 04-10-2009, 05:31 PM
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Re: Paths Elements - Big Disappointment!

I can re-create my Elements tools for path making if you'd like. I thought you were doing it with an action for Elements...
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Old 04-10-2009, 06:30 PM
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Re: Paths Elements - Big Disappointment!

I'm sorry, I think I'm confusing you and I don't mean to. What I am doing is taking my actions for Photoshop and converting them to run in Elements--so far in Elements 5 through 7, since I have testers for those versions and I have version 6 myself. Most of my actions create a path from an image (a rasterized shape, rasterized text, or line drawing) chosen by the user, then convert that selection to a path, and then stroke the path with either a user selected brush or a brush chosen by the action. What do I need to do to allow Elements to run these actions? If you have a tool that lets Elements create paths, that sounds ideal for my purposes!

Thanks so much for working with me on this, I can't tell you how much I appreciate it. If you can create a paths tool for Elements, I think you would have a good customer base among digital scrapbookers!
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Old 04-11-2009, 08:40 AM
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Re: Paths Elements - Big Disappointment!

Elements will run certain path commands through actions. Without troubleshooting your action I can't tell you what might be going wrong -- only that from what you describe, you should be able to do what you want...without any help from me.
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Old 04-11-2009, 02:12 PM
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Re: Paths Elements - Big Disappointment!

Thanks, Richard, I hadn't tried to run my actions that use paths in Elements because from everything I'd read I figured they wouldn't work. But I just heard from my tester that the paths do seem to work in the actions she has tried in Elements, so looks like I just got a lot of bad info online--I should have come here first!!! I only got Elements a week ago on the disc with my pen tablet, so I am a REAL newbie! This forum is a godsend, and I appreciate all your extremely helpful comments. You rock!
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Old 04-12-2009, 06:17 AM
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Re: Paths Elements - Big Disappointment!

Don't read elsewhere. There are a few things I don't know about this, but most people who say "you can't" are wrong. They say you can't do a CMYK separation in Elements, and I can do that. Several other things that are 'impossible' as well...
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Old 04-12-2009, 07:23 PM
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Re: Paths Elements - Big Disappointment!

Thanks, Richard. I wish I'd found this forum earlier, but now that I have I will be sticking close right here, you can be sure of that! You have the best and most comprehensive information for users of Elements, and Photoshop, too, for that matter.
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Old 04-30-2009, 05:28 AM
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Re: Paths Elements - Big Disappointment!

Just an update--I have 6 of my Photoshop Actions now converted for Elements 5, 6 and 7--previews HERE. Thanks a bunch for your help, Richard!!! It's challenging figuring out workarounds for things like the "make layer" command in Photoshop (putting layer styles on separate layers) but I'm learning a lot about both Photoshop and Elements.
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