How to convert a pixel layer into a path using Photoshop?

I am trying to convert a pixel layer (in this case, the shape is some kind of parabolic line) into a path in Photoshop.

I tried using the Pen tool and drawing path directly on the shape but no matter how precise I am, it’s impossible to create that shape.

I’m relatively new to Photoshop so I need help.

Answer

There are two ways of doing this:

  1. Open the image in Illustrator (if you have that as well) and perform live trace. Don’t expect a good result if the image resolution isn’t good. See tutorial here: http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2010/11/15/illustrator-s-live-trace-sketch-to-vector/
    Once you have live traced, you can simply copy and paste the path into Photoshop.

  2. Manually trace over the image with pen tool, like you have already tried. This is how you will get the most accurate results. You will certainly get better with practice. You can find a pen tool tutorial/exercise here: http://design.tutsplus.com/tutorials/illustrators-pen-tool-the-comprehensive-guide–vector-141

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