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Photoshop: Using the Pen Tool (Custom Paths)
The Pen tool is an advanced drawing tool that can be used to create custom paths and shapes, as well as to edit objects made with the various shape tools. Although it can be tricky to get used to, it’s a powerful tool that’s standard in most graphic design applications. The Pen tool works by creating anchor points and connecting lines between them.
To draw with the Pen tool:
- Create a new layer in the Layers panel.
- Select the Pen tool from the Toolbar.
- If creating a shape, click the drop-down that has “Path” selected, and choose the “Shape” option.
- Create a curve: click-and-drag when creating the anchor point instead of single-clicking. As the cursor is dragged, the curve will extend and two handles will appear.
Paths/shapes made with the Pen tool can be modified in the Options bar in many of the same ways as standard shapes. If color and stoke options aren’t available, ensure that “Shape” is selected in the drop-down to the left instead of “Path.” The path and anchor points can be modified in various ways as well, including:
- Adjust the position of anchor points: click-and-drag the points with the Selection tool (white pointer).
- Convert a regular anchor point into a curve (and vice versa): click-and-drag the point outwards with the Convert Point tool.
- Adjust the curvature: click-and-drag the handles with the Selection tool (white pointer). Ensure the correct layer is selected in the Layers panel.
- Add additional anchor points: click directly on the path with the Pen or Add Anchor Point tool.
- Remove anchor point: click anchor point with the Pen or Delete Anchor Point tool.
- Photoshop: Information
- Photoshop: Creating a New Document
- Photoshop: Interface Overview
- Photoshop: Undoing Changes & the History Panel
- Photoshop: Layering & Object Arrangement
- Photoshop: Selection Tools
- Photoshop: Cropping
- Photoshop: Resizing
- Photoshop: Masking
- Photoshop: Drawing Shapes
- Photoshop: Using the Pen Tool (Custom Paths)
- Photoshop: Adding Text
- Photoshop: Colors
- Photoshop: Color Balance Adjustment
- Photoshop: Vibrance Adjustment
- Photoshop: Brightness/Contrast Adjustment
- Photoshop: Levels Adjustment (Tonal Range)
- Photoshop: Face Retouching
- Photoshop: Saving & Exporting