How can I add or remove parts of a surface? How can I make a hole in an existing surface?

With "Labs" enabled, you can add and subtract pen paths from existing surfaces. See the below video for a quick demonstration.

 

You can make very complex masks quickly by layering these actions. For example, selecting the water and the whale from this painting would have been very difficult, but by using the "PATHS" dialog, it takes only a few seconds.

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    John Meehan

    The "Paths" tool is easier to understand when drawing simple shapes to start.

    Path1, Path2, Path3, etc can be thought of as members of the Surface that contains them.