Photoshop CS6: Deleting Photo Backgrounds

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I have been deleting photo backgrounds for years in CS4. I now have CS6 and the technique I have always used worked at first in CS6, but now doesn't. Can someone give me the steps to deleting a background? I don't mean light-colored or white backgrounds, but more complex ones that don't work using the magic wand tool.
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Chris Cox

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What technique did you used to use?

And there are hundreds of tutorials online for masking techniques in Photoshop.
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Here is the step-by-step way I did it.
1. Right click Background (under Layers tab)
2. Click Duplicate Layer > OK
3. Working on Background Copy, go to Paths tab > New Path > OK
4. Highlight Pen Tool > Control + + + and then outline the object
5. Right click Path 1 > Make Selection > OK
6. Turn off Background.
7. Click Layer tab > Select > Inverse > Backspace
8. Click Background > New Layer > OK
9. Select > All > Edit > Fill (select white background) > OK > Save As > PNG
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All of that still works just fine in CS6 and CC.
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When I get to step 4, as soon as I make the first data point with the pen tool, I get a new field in Paths titled "Shape 1 Shape Path." This is where the problem seems to be. Does that sound like a glitch in Photoshop, a virus, or?
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No, that sounds like you have the tool set to create a shape layer instead of a path.