Adobe Photoshop Pen Tool Tutorial Classes

Adobe Photoshop Pen Tool

What is Pen Tool?

In Adobe Photoshop, the pen tool is frequently made use of in the creations of smooth-edged selections, yet is not a type of selection tool. The Pen Tool develops vector paths that can be converted into selections that in turn can be utilized to extract or mask group of pixels.

Photoshop provides several Pen tools. The basic Pen tool draws with the greatest accuracy; the Freeform Pen tool draws paths as if you were drawing with pencil theoretically, and the magnetic pen option lets you draw a path that snaps to the sides of defined areas in your image. You could utilize the pen tools along with the shape tools to create difficult shapes. When you use the standard Pen tool, the following with options are available in the options bar:

  • Auto Add/Delete, which allows you add an anchor point when you click a line section or delete an anchor point when you click it.
  • Rubber Band, which allows you preview path segments as you move the pointer between clicks. (To access this option, click the pop-up menu to the right of the custom shape symbol.).

Note: Prior to drawing with the Pen tool, you could create a new path in the Paths panel to automatically save the work path as a named path.

How to Use Pen Tool?

In order to help familiarize yourself with the pen tool, I'm going to take you through a collection of examples that will show you the best ways to draw and also produce some custom-made shapes.

To begin, Create a New File (I'm using 284 × 284 in my instance, with default Photoshop Preferences). Next, let's allow the Grid. Go to View > Show > Grid, or Ctrl + '. Also Enable Snap (View > Snap, or "Shift + Ctrl +;").

  1. Next, let's allow the Grid. Go to View > Show > Grid, or Ctrl + '. Also Enable Snap (View > Snap, or "Shift + Ctrl +;"). pen-tool-example1

    We enable grid + snapping so that when we draw utilizing the pen tool, we could quickly make specific shapes, and curves with little effort.

  2. Now select your Pen Tool from the toolbar, as well as set it up to work with Shape Layers in the Options Bar. pen-tool-example2

    Select a foreground color of your choice.

  3. Drawing with the pen tool is simple. Simply positions your cursor where you want to start drawing, as well as click to produce your first anchor point. Succeeding anchor points will all be attached to the last point drawn, permitting you to create custom shapes. To complete a shape, click the first anchor point.
    Go ahead and try it. See just what you can develop using fundamental anchor points. I handled to earn an extremely primitive star. pen-tool-example3

Drawing Curves with the Pen Tool

You could have already observed that something fascinating when drawing curves, and dragging after clicking to develop an anchor point. The lines start to curve!

  1. Go ahead and try it. After producing an anchor point, hold down the mouse button and drag in the direction you desire your line to curve. pen-tool-example4
  2. If you follow with the below format, you need to be able to develop a primitive circle shape. pen-tool-example5

    When you see the icon become a pointer that suggests that I'm DRAGGING once i create a point.

  3. The curves features are based on the length of these direction points, and at what angle they are drawn at. After some time practicing them, you need to become extra familiar with drawing extra complex curves. It needs to also be kept in mind that you could change any kind of directional points with the pen tool by holding Ctrl, or Ctrl + Alt
    . pen-tool-example6

Example Shapes

Let's take exactly what we've discovered until now, and use it in some standard design. If you're making use of the same sized file as I am (with default Photoshop grid choices), you must be able to Copy + Paste these templates in your file, and also follow my anchor points quickly.

  1. First make a Rounded Rectangular shape. We already have a custom shape that does this, but often design makes require changed rounded boxes of kinds. pen-tool-example7

    The Rounded Rectangle Forming usages basic curves, and also is really simple to create. With some minor adjustments, we could make rectangular shapes with only 1, 2, or 3 of the corners rounded, while keeping the rest sharp edges.

  2. Below is another template that concentrates on "S" shaped curves, as seen in frequency waves. pen-tool-example8

    "S" curves are used all the time in more complicated shapes. They are created by dragging the Directional Points of 2 siblings anchor points in in same direction.

  3. For our last example, let's make a "Pen Tool" personalized form!. pen-tool-example9

    Making an exact duplicate of this shape will certainly need you to have some understanding of the "Convert Point Tool" as well. As soon as your points are made, return with the Convert Point Tool, click a point, then click and drag out the point so that you can manually customize the direction manages for customized curves.

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