In this beginner Photoshop tutorial, we’ll show you how to use the Pen Tool, which is a great place to start when it comes to exploring the capabilities and potential of the image editing software.
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1. The Basics
The Pen Tool has three main settings:
- Creating a new work path
- Creating a new shape layer
- Fill pixels
2. Using a New Work Path
Starting with “Create New Work Path,” which is the most commonly used option, select the “Add to Path Area” by clicking the icon in the bottom right of the palette.
3. Using the Pen Tool Set Anchor Points
Now use the Pen Tool to click on a blank canvas. You will notice that each click assigns anchor points. You can create a straight line between these points by holding shift when you click.
4. Delete Anchor Point Tool
If you change your mind and want to edit or remove anchor points, right-click on the Pen Tool icon and select the “Delete Anchor Point Tool”.
5. Convert Point Tool
To alter the properties of the connecting lines and move anchor points around. Chose the “Convert Point Tool” and click on one of your anchor points and hold and drag. This will affect the curve of the line.
6. Moving Anchor Points
With the “Convert Point Tool” active, you can also alter the location of anchor points by holding down the “CTRL” key while clicking on an anchor point and dragging.
7. The Tangent Line
The “Convert Point Tool” also creates a “Tangent Line” that enables you to control the curvature of your lines. You can create very sharp angles by simply clicking on one of the ends of the “Tangent Line” and dragging the mouse. You’ll notice the curve you created previously will bend sharply depending where and how far you drag.
8. Path Selection Tool
Finally, you can manipulate the whole path you have created by selecting the “Path Selection” tool from the toolbar. This will allow you to drag the whole path to a new location.