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Using the Pen tool to create a clipping path, can really accentuate your silhouettes. Normally you'll do this on a straight edge or a sharp edged object such as this mobile device. The first thing you want to remember when your using your pen tool is to zoom in. It's very hard to get accurate when you're looking at a fit to page window. So, I zoomed in here a little bit so I can see my edges. I'm going to switch to my pen tool over in the tool bar. And always make sure that you're working with path. Shape will create a vector shape layer, and pixels will just create a pixel filled layer.
I want to use a path. The other options that I have, over on the right, allow me to create combined shapes. Extract or exclude overlapping shapes and enter such shape areas. So, what I'm going to do right now is I'm going to leave this on combined shapes for a really neat trick inside of photoshop. The other options I have are for alignment if I'm aligning multiple paths, and for arrangement if I'm shuffling paths to bring forward or send backward. My favorite option in this however, is this gear right here.
That allows me to go through and add what we call rubber band. This is going to simulate a little closer to an option that we have inside of Adobe Illustrator. Which allows me to preview where my path is going, as I start to draw this. So as I draw my curves out around my path. I'll get a preview that shows me the path as it continues. To adjust, simply hold your command key on the Mac or control key on PC to get your direct select tool and adjust your path on the fly. Now, here's the cool part, as I've adjusted this and created this path I don't have to draw around the entire object.
I can do this in sections. And as I draw this out, if I feel like I need to take a break or I want to close this off, I can come over and close this back off to my starting point, and create one object. When I want to continue, simply overlap, my path, and continue drawing around my object. And when I complete it. The option that we turned on in the control panel will allow me to combine my two paths together. So if I come over here and close this off now. I'll be able to combine the two shapes together instead of trying one complete solid path all the way around the entire object.
After I'm completed, simply take your selection tool for your vector shapes, select both your paths at the same time, and then tell it to merge the shape components. And what it will do is complete and give you one complete path around the entire object. Instead of drawing all the way around, break it into components, and then combine after you're completed.
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