Ok, update a bit...not so much progress, as I've barely scratched the surface in my own remedial form.
I finally cracked open photoshop today using a tutorial about basics of the pen tool.http://www.photoshopessentials.com/basi ... elections/
I got a refresher on clicking points, and closing the object to make a selection. Got a quick command even "ctrl-enter", cool right? Then I got stumped on this part:
Page 2 of the tutorial:http://www.photoshopessentials.com/basi ... page-2.php
"As soon as I do, my path is converted into a selection, and the stop sign is now selected:
Photoshop Pen Tool: The stop sign is now selected after converting the path into a selection.
I'll switch back over to my Layers palette, and to copy the stop sign onto its own layer, I'll use the keyboard shortcut Ctrl+J (Win) / Command+J (Mac), which places the sign on its own layer above the Background layer:
Photoshop Pen Tool: The stop sign has now been copied onto its own separate layer."
Well that's just it. I was playing with the pen tool and went about selecting the 'H' character in my logo just for practice. I was able to turn it into a selecting, but I wasn't able to make it into a new/seperate layer other than the background layer.
My image I was working with is a tif, and the background layer remains locked.
I remain stumped, I'm sure it's something I forgot to do originally with the document and when it comes to layers. I hope I don't have to go through the trouble of re-scanning the image just to get a jpeg or work with a psd. My stupid scanner's default is for irfanview and I'm working with an a3 large format mustek.
Like I said I'm sure it's gotta be something with the background layer and such.
But dumb question number 103. Can you work with the pen tool in pshop on a tif and only with the back ground layer?
I decided to go back and read up on layers:http://www.photoshopessentials.com/basics/layers/