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Using pen tool

Post by discovery on Tue Mar 27, 2012 8:16 pm

Using pen tool

http://www.techtut.com/Tutorial/Photoshop/9-Using-Pen-Tool-in-Photoshop.html

This is going to be a tutorial on how to use the pen tool. The pen tool
is pretty much the only way to really draw in Photoshop and once you
know it, it becomes a very powerful tool. Do not try to learn this
without the aid of a tutorial as you will get very frustrated :)


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Step 1. Create a new document. File > New…


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400px by 400px. 72 resolution per inch, transparent background, RGB 8 bit.

Step 2. Straight Lines
Get out your pen tool. Click once anywhere on the Photoshop document
and then click again at any point on the document. As you can see, this
creates a straight line. Also, now is a good point to change the way
the pen tool is preset – instead of creating shapes with the pen tool,
we want to create paths. Follow the instructions on the second image
below.


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Step 3. Deleting Paths
“Ctrl” + “Z”, then “Ctrl” + “Alt” + “Z”, in order to undo and then undo
once more. If you were to press “Ctrl” + “Z” the second time too, it
would simply redo. To get rid of the path, you could have also just
right-clicked (with the pen tool) and then selected “Delete Path”.


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Step 4. Curvy Lines
Click once anywhere. On this second click (anywhere else), don’t
actually click then let go; click then hold and move the mouse now. The
line will curve, get bigger, etc. Play around with it for a moment.


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Once you have decided on a line and have stopped playing around with it,
if you click again, you’ll notice that it won’t be a straight line.
This second line restricts you control over it.


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Step 5. Ultimatum
Finally, we have come to the time when you are ready to learn the
ultimate trick. First make a curvy line, then remember how we had
trouble making a straight line or a specific curve? Well now before
making that second curvy/straight line, while holding down “Alt”, click
on the second point.


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Now when you go and try to create your second straight/curvy line, you have complete control. Muahahaha….erhm…


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Step 6. OH NO! I made a mistake
Not to worry, there is an easy way to change any mistake you have made.
In fact, you can even move the points. When you want to change the
curve angle, just hold down “Ctrl” and then click on the square at the
end. See the image below:


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To move the points, simply hold down “Ctrl” and then drag the points to wherever you want them.


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