The Pen-Tool Explanation
I revamped the old Pen-Tool tutorial, because it was missing some explanation. Also I found it may be a bit hard for some people. Right now I have explained EVERYTHING about the different pen-tools and did this at a level, even people who are new to photoshop can understand!
Learn how to use the best tool in photoshop… The Pen-Tool!
In this tutorial I will teach you how to use maybe the best tool there is in Photoshop. But maybe also the hardest to learn. I use this tool every time I use photoshop. For me the tool has no more secrets. And I want to achieve the same thing for you, because this is a GREAT tool to create vectors or to seperate a picture from the background!
Step 1 When you select the standard Pen-Tool, you will have the oportunity to do many things.
Just click around and notice it works the same as the Polygonal Lass-Tool, only now you can scroll while selecting.
Notice the squares. These are Anchor-Points. More about those later!!!
Step 2 If you click first somewhere in the screen, and then click, BUT you hold the mousebutton and drag the mouse across the screen. Notice that you can create a curve:
Step 3 You can’t create a straight line after a curve, therefore you must do something else first;
Hold ALT and drag the anchorpoint somewhere else;
Step 4 Then click somewhere else and notice that you can create a new curve from a straight line!
Step 5 The Freeform Pen-Tool can be used for many drawing-purposes. It works a bit the same as the pencil in Flash, because it tightens the lines you draw.
Not much cools can be done with this unless you’re very skilled with a mouse or have a drawingtablet.
Step 6 Select the +Add anchor-point-Tool and click anywhere on a line to create a new anchor-point to make a different curve or edit the current curve:
Step 7 The +Remove anchor-point-Tool works the exact the opposite; click on an anchor-point to remove it and make the line continue along the other anchor-points!
Step 8 The COnvert Point-Tool is used to modify existing anchor-points.
Just select the tool and click on an anchor-point. Then drag it around to change the curve:
Author : MICK MOOLHUIJSEN
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