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I'm using the pen tool in CS5 to draw shapes, and I'm getting more comfortable with it, but one thing I'd really like to be able to do is add to a path. For example, if I draw a circle, I'd like to be able to bisect it with the pen tool and have two distinct paths emerge without having to draw two separate paths and try to get the duplicate points on top of each other by hand.

How do I do this?

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Unfortunately, no. Anchor points in Adobe software have 2 connectors, an in and an out. Therefore, no single anchor point can contain a Y shape of paths. You must use multiple paths. This is true in Photoshop, Illustrator, Fireworks, et al.

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only thing you can use is direct selection tool, and yes that means only anchor points that come under your rectangle will be selected and copying/pasting will mess it up cuz it wont be connected so you would have to fix that using pen tool.. why couldnt they just merge illustrator and photoshop. illustrators doesnt have that many options, but all that photoshop doesnt have. People who keep reading mantra that PS is a bitmap image manipulation bla should just shut the hell up. Its graphic design program. lol...lmfao.

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THe mantra about illustrator vs photoshop is not helpful. If you don't understand why there is a difference between the two, you really should do a bit of studying yourself. – Scott Dec 1 '12 at 7:47
oh i understand very well...photoshop is geared toward painting and image manipulation and illustrators is for everything vector. However when it come to designing...we need both. – Muhammad Umer Dec 1 '12 at 23:20

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