Yep, that's what I do normally, but there are times when I'd like to take that pasted "path" from Illustrator and for convenience sake create offset paths from the original right in Photoshop. Is this possible?
And if not, I wonder why...because Photoshop allows you to create vector paths with the pen tool and edit vector paths, etc right in Photoshop...so why wouldn't they allow you to create what I would assume is a very frequent and common function like offset paths?
Is a work path considered a raster image? Seems like it's vector to me....in that you can manipulate the nodes and their handles.
No a work path is not a raster image. The contents of that path become raster once you fill/stroke them with color, but the paths always remain vector.
What you might want to try is increasing the Tolerance settings when converting your selection to your new, offset path. Try an obscene number like 10 or so and see it that produces a path more suitable to your liking. You may still have to do some minor adjustment to the path to smooth out/adjust some areas, but it should yield a smoother result.
Another option that might work for you would be to copy your path and then use the Transform feature to scale it larger or smaller, depending on your liking. To do this, all you have to do is have your pen tool selected in the toolbox, then choose Edit>Transform Path from the menu. Just scale, distort or skew to your liking.
Your prolem is that Photoshop has no tool or command to expand or contract paths, The path must be rasterized first, then the raster image modified, then the modified raster image autotraced back into a path (a selection is, effectively, a greyscale raster image).
A better solution is to do your path modification in Illustrator with Object->Path->Offset Path, then import that path into Photoshop.
Thanks guys....I guess based on your replies that Photoshop won't allow you to create a "smooth" offset (which is a shame and a little weird I think) so I will continue to go between Illustrator and PS to create/paste paths like I have been doing.
Thanks for your replies, and you all have a great new year.
I don't have CS, only PS 6. There is no way to expand a path. Expand/Contract only apply to selections, so are only raster-based. Transfor commands work fine on paths, ut there is no expand/contract available.
If this is something that's been added in PS7 or CS, that's brilliant. Is there also Pathfinder support (unite, intersect, ect.)?