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Pen Tool Explained! | Photoshop tutorial



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today I will show you everything you

need to know about a pen tool in

Photoshop so let's start hi guys my name

is naming acequias and welcome to

another fun every load a lot of you guys

asked me to create a tutorial about the

pen tools so here it is pen tool it's

really powerful tool in Photoshop and

you can create really interesting things

read that for example you can create a

pad that can be open or closed

you can put the text along that path to

follow that path or you can put a

pattern to follow that pad you can even

create the selection out of the pad and

turn that selection into layer mask and

so on so let's jump straight into

Photoshop and let's have fun

right guys first thing what we need to

do is to select the pen tool you can

press p on the keyboard

it's shortcut or you can just go here

and select the pen tool in the tool

palette alright first thing what you can

do with the pen tool is to create a

straight pad to do that just press and

click to create first Anchor Point and

then press again and click to create

another anchor point and you will see a

straight line between those two points

and if you click again and again and

again you can create a lot of straight

lines and this is open pad you can close

the path by clicking on the first anchor

point you will see this o icon or circle

icon here and just press on that click

and now you have closed back ok another

interesting thing is that you can create

really straight lines like zero degrees

90 degrees or 45 degrees to do that you

just need to use the shift key on the

keyboard for example you want to put the

straight line here in zero degrees no

angle like this one just press and hold

shift and click somewhere approximately

and it will be a straight line if you

want 90 degrees up or down just press

and click somewhere approximately 90

degrees down below and it will make a

straight line if you want 45 degrees

it's same procedure something

so and so on you can create really

interesting results with that and again

close the back this is just by holding

shift alright let's go a few steps below

behind and now let me show you how to

create a curved back this is this was

straight line pad now we will create a

curved back for that again just create

first Anchor Point and now press and

hold mouse or stylus if you have tablet

and just drag and when you drag you can

see now is the curve and now you can

position the curve as as you like for

example something like so and you can

see these two handles let me make

another curve here just press and click

and again you can reposition or change

the shape actually of that curve and

that's it alright now if you want to

change the shape of the first and the

second curve you can do that with the

ctrl or command key just press and hold

ctrl key or command key on the Mac and

click on the second Anchor Point and now

if you with the ctrl or command key

press move these handles you will change

look of did that curve but what if you

want only to change this curve or only

this part of the curve with this you

will change whole curve and with this he

will change the second part but it's not

so good if you make another one you will

change completely that part if you want

to change only one part of the curve

then you need to press and hold alt or

option key and now I will show press alt

or option key you will have new icon

when you're putting your mouse on the

handle and just move that

now you break the link between those two

handles and now when you move this you

can move with the alt or option key or

with the control command key doesn't

matter it will be the same now you can

change the position of them separated

that's really nice and like so and now

you can make really interesting paths

and you can always change the position

if you are not satisfied if you want to

make something else

and that's right cetera all right let's

go a few steps back and let me show you

for example what if you want to make

something like so you make a curve and

then you need a straight line so if you

need a straight line if you put here you

will get a have again the curved line

because this handle define the strength

and shape of the next line and if we use

control monkey and put this handle all

the way to the zero here oops

without messing the first curve let me

show you something like so never mind

just for example then we can make a

straight line but if you don't want to

mess anything and if you want to do that

really easier then you need to press alt

or option key and just click on the

second Anchor Point

just press alt or option key and click

it and it will zero out the second

handle and then just make another

straight line then you can make another

straight line or another curved line by

pressing and move the mouse okay

and if you want another curved line then

if you want a straight line just press

alt or option key and click on the last

Anchor Point and that's it it's so easy

three important keyboard keys for the

pen tool are shape control command and

outer option key with those three keys

you can do a lot of interesting and

creative stuff with the curves right now

let me show you another trick now I will

show you how to create a brushstroke

follow your path first what we need to

do is to create a pad and it kind of bad

for example something like so and we

need to go to the brush tool you can pet

press B on a keyboard or just go to the

tool palette and find a brush tool now

we need to set everything about the

brush size hardness color opacity and so

on all right first I will change the

color from black to red just for fun I

will create a new layer and opacity it's

100% and hardness its I will use 100%

for this example and now I will

how to create brushstroke to follow

perfectly this shape this path actually

alright to do that when you're done with

brush if you are satisfied with that you

can change the size for example if you

want to brush throw to be something like

so you can make it smaller or bigger and

then go back to pen tool by pressing T

on the keyboard then right-click it and

go to the option stroke pad and you have

here a lot of tools you have pencil

brush eraser and so on every tool here

it's working in the same principle like

I will show you now with the brush tool

and you have this option simulate

pressure we will go back to that later

okay when you're select if you select

the brush just press ok and that's it

you now have perfectly shaped brush

stroke that follow this pad you can of

course delete the pad if you don't want

it anymore by right-clicking and go

delete pad and now you have really nice

shape create it with the brush okay

let's go few steps back and for example

you want to use that simulate pressure

options let's go to the pen tool straw

pad and if you press simulate pressure

nothing's happened why because you need

to go to the brush tool properties and

to set what kind of pressure simulation

you want to achieve let's go one step

back go beyond the keyboard to go back

to the brush tool and then press f5 on

the keyboard to enter the brush

properties here okay first let's go to

the shape dynamics here and I want the

size jitter control of that to be pen

pressure that's nice you will see if I

press lighter I will have smaller brush

size if I press harder I will have

larger brush size okay and that would be

something like so I'll have simulation

of something like this shape alright

let's go back to the pen tool p on the

keyboard right click stroke path and now

simulate pressure is checked and let me

show you what this can do ok if I delete

but it's really nice simulated pen

pressure curve the start and the end are

really really thin okay

you can do another pen pressure

simulation and that may be a faceted

jitter let's go few steps back like so

go back to the brush by pressing B on

keyboard f5 for properties and uncheck

shape dynamics and go to the transfer

opacity jitter press put it on pen

pressure and as you can see here an

example first this part will be opaque

and then 100% opacity and then again all

the way to the zero so let's do that

piano keyboard to go to the pen to right

click stroke path and simulate pressure

is checked press ok right click delete

path and as you can see here this is

another simulation of course you can

combine two simulation for example

opacity and shape size jitter and with

that you will have both stroke pad okay

and if I delete the pad see you have now

both ad so on and so on I will show you

now how to use the eraser in the same

example just know when every other tool

you can experiment for yourself for

example you have something like like

this let's make it bigger something like

so or any image on the screen picture

something like that and you want to

create things like you want to erase

this part where the path is go to the

eraser of course a on a keyboard just

find your own tool palette choose the

size for example you want this size okay

again f5 if you want to simulate

pressure not something like so it's nice

and then again you can choose for

example here we will use really soft

eraser like so and now you can go back

to the pen tool by pressing p on

keyboard right click stroke path and

choose eraser uncheck simulate pressure

and press ok right click delete bad and

that's it we just deleted along the back

ok this is the first example how you can

use the pen tool in combination with the

brush tool and now I will show how to

use the pen tool in combination with the

text tool so let's do that

hey guys let's delete this layer and

create new one create some paths for

example you can just simple pass

something like so and we can use the

text tool T on the keyboard or just go

find here text tool and put the text

tool over the path and the icon will

change ok something like so and just

click and now you can type anything you

want and as you can see the text will

follow the path and what is interesting

here if you press p on the keyboard or

does press first okay and P in a

keyboard again to enter the pen tool if

you press and hold ctrl command key you

can move the path and the text will move

along the path or change the shape as

you can see here and that's really handy

in some situation for example you're not

satisfied with the position and then you

can edit it and the text will reposition

in the real time like so that's really

nice of course you can go back press T

on your keyboard and maybe you want to

change the size of a font something like

so or even drastically something like so

and so on you can change the color etc

etc that's another way how you can use

the pen tool in combination with the

text tool

now let me show you another methods how

you can use the pen tool in combination

with the patterns alright first I will

create a new layer and then I will draw

really really simple pad something like

so and now we have two options first one

doesn't work for me for some reason I

don't know why if you know the solution

for that please let me know in the

comment below

and the second one it's working

perfectly but I will show you the first

one in case you find yourself in the

same position that I want right while

you're still in a pen tool mode right

click and go to the field text option

that's nice and now you can change the

content

from foreground or background to pattern

and then you need to choose your pattern

here anything you want

eirick through this butterfly it's one

of the patterns that I created in one of

my previous tutorials about the patterns

you can find a link here and I will

check this script option and I will

choose place around back everything else

I will leave as it is and now we have a

new dialog box and unfortunately this is

not a real-life representation of the

shape and scale of the butterflies but

with a few trials and errors you will

find the right settings for you guys

alright 0.3 I will leave the scale as it

is spacing is the spacing between the

butterflies I will leave maybe 5 so this

angle is just the angle of the

butterflies

I will leave 90 degrees okay and maybe

let me see I can change the color of

each butterfly put some randomness in it

or or not I'll put some amount just for

fun and now when I press ok something

strange happens right as you can see

there only half of butterflies here half

of the pattern and it's defined by this

line here everything what is inside this

line from this end to this end it's

shown and everything what is outside

it's not shown I don't know why again if

you have solution for this please let me

know in the comment below that will be

great right now let's go a few steps

back like so and I will show another

method that's working really good let's

go to the brush tool ok beyond the

keyboard and you need to press shift and

backspace to enter this fill dialog box

or you can go to the edit and just press

here you have another shortcut shift f5

ok and again it's the same procedure go

to the pattern choose your pattern to

the script and place a long path ok and

that's it now press ok you will have

same dialog box with the settings same

settings and now when I press ok

wow that's really great and I have my

pattern following this path as you can

see this second method is great and the

pattern is following that path perfectly

right now I will show you another

technique with a pen tool that it's most

commonly used and that's how to create

the selection out of the pet or how to

extract objects from the background

using a pen tool so let's do that

alright for this example we will strike

this Cup out of the background using a

pen tool but before we do that let me

show you how to create selection out of

the pads let's create any clothes

clothes pad something like so and now I

will show few ways how you can create a

selection out of that the most common

method that I'm using is just to press

and hold ctrl monkey and enter on

keyboard and that's it you have

selection out of the bat

alright the second method that you have

a little bit more control over it it's

the right click and you have secure

option make selection now you have a

feather feather radius option if you

leave it 0 you'll have really harsh edge

without feathering if you press maybe 10

type 10 pixels then press ok you will

have feather around 10 pixels radius and

for example if we delete the background

you will see this is feather byte by 10

pixels okay and if you let me do one

more time if you leave 0 and now I

delete the background as you can see

it's really harsh edge without firing ok

now that you know how to create a

selection out of the pet let's play with

extracting this Cup

first I will put the first anchor point

somewhere here and then I need to create

a pet along this Cup ok you can always

use ctrl command key to move these

anchor points they will be better or to

reposition the handles one great option

here if you want to use it I don't use

it but it's really helpful for beginners

is

to go to the gear icon here and choose

the rubberband option and now you can

see how your next the next pet will

behave something like this and now I'll

press and hold click okay that's nice

and you have this as a helper and now as

you can see I cannot make a straight

line here

neither the this curve here and that's

why I need to cancel this handle as you

remember to cancel help you just press

alt or option key and click on that

that's nice now I have more

possibilities here now I will press and

click here to make this part and then I

will create those curves here okay and

for the beginners this helper rubberband

it's really really useful maybe I will

change this a little bit each control

command key and then go here oops here

something like so and then here again

out or option + click to zero the handle

and here and now I can go here and

that's the procedure outer option key

needed but here it's okay like so right

see nice here too

okay and let's with a controlled monkey

try to fix this a little bit out or

option key because I just want this

handle I don't want to mess with this

one and now we need to press all traffic

here and close the pad and that's it

right and now let's create a selection

out of that for me I will use just ctrl

+ Enter or command and enter and create

a layer mask like so and then I will

just go and select this inner part

because I didn't do that okay like so

and just close the path and ctrl or

command + Enter and go to the mask and

fill it with background color with the

ctrl or command key and backspace okay

and now we have this cup selected out of

the background and the edges are really

really great we can change the

background color if you want maybe in

some bluish or something like so and

that's it you can create your design out

of this cup of tea alright guys that's

it for today I hope that you liked this

tutorial and that you learned something

new out of it the most common method to

use the pen tool is the last one that I

show you to extract objects out of the

background to create selections out of

the pads but it's great to know other

methods too because it can be really

handy in some situations right be

creative practice and have fun with this

really really powerful tool in Photoshop

if you have any questions at all please

leave them in a comment below and I will

be glad to answer it see you next week

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