Easy-to-follow video tutorials help you learn software, creative, and business skills.Become a member

Using the Convert Point tool

From: Photoshop CS5 One-on-One: Mastery

Video: Using the Convert Point tool

I've saved my progress as One small problem.psd, found inside the 27_pen_tool folder. And that one problem is down here at the top of the sweater. What ought to be a cusp point is currently set as a smooth point. I need to go ahead and convert it. I'm going to do so using the Convert Point tool. All right, so I can see my path outline, because face outline is selected here inside the Paths panel, I no longer need to see that tracing template however. So I'm going to switch over to the Layers panel and turn off the layer called points & handles. Incidentally, I could go ahead and work on that layer if I want to, even though it's turned off, because when I'm working inside the Paths panel, I'm working in a totally separate part of the program, so it doesn't matter what layer is active at any given moment in time.

Using the Convert Point tool

I've saved my progress as One small problem.psd, found inside the 27_pen_tool folder. And that one problem is down here at the top of the sweater. What ought to be a cusp point is currently set as a smooth point. I need to go ahead and convert it. I'm going to do so using the Convert Point tool. All right, so I can see my path outline, because face outline is selected here inside the Paths panel, I no longer need to see that tracing template however. So I'm going to switch over to the Layers panel and turn off the layer called points & handles. Incidentally, I could go ahead and work on that layer if I want to, even though it's turned off, because when I'm working inside the Paths panel, I'm working in a totally separate part of the program, so it doesn't matter what layer is active at any given moment in time.

All right, if I press the A key to get my White Arrow tool and click on this path someplace, I can see that there is my smooth point that ought to be a cusp point. Now, if this were an endpoint, I could convert it by Alt+dragging or Option+dragging on the point with the Pen tool. However, it's not. It's an interior point. So what do we do when we're working with interior points that need to be converted from one kind of point to another? That's true for all the points in this path outline, because it's a closed path. There are no endpoints left. Well, we take advantage of this tool right here. Go to the Pen tool fly-out Menu and choose this guy, Convert Point tool, which is perhaps the least ingenious of the tool icons.

It looks like a fragment of an arrow cursor. Notice it matches the front end of the arrow cursor, but then the back of the arrow has fallen away. So it's just a little carrot. Anyway, that's what its cursor looks like too. When you hover over a point, it looks like a little carrot. So it's a pretty dinky cursor on screen. All right, so there's a few different ways to use this tool. One is you can go ahead and drag from an existing point, such as that cusp point right there, to convert it into a smooth point. It's not always clear what direction the control handles are going to come out in.

In my case, by default, I went ahead and flipped the curvature of the segments, so I can just move it back in the other direction. So if you want to covert any kind of corner point, whether it's a corner between straight segments or a cusp between curved segments, to a smooth point, then you just go ahead and drag from the point, like so, and that'll also determine the length of the control handles, which we'll start off by default. Now, if you want to keep it as a smooth point and then you want to move those control handles to different locations, then be sure to press and hold the Ctrl key or the Cmd key on the Mac, which will get you that White Arrow tool, so that you can preserve the smooth point nature of that anchor point.

However, in our case, we don't want that. We want to take this smooth point and the one next door, because now we've got two of them in a row that are a problem. We want to turn them into cusps. Well, the top control handle is where it ought to be, so I'll leave it alone, but I'm going to drag this control handle. So if you drag a control handle using the Convert Point tool, it moves independently of the other control handle, no matter what, and it doesn't matter how many times you drag that control handle. It's going to go ahead and remain independent of the other one. So once again, to convert a smooth point to a cusp point inside of Photoshop, when it's an interior point, go ahead and get that Convert Point tool and drag the control handle around.

All right, what if you want to delete the control handles entirely, you want to convert this cusp or a smooth point into an absolute corner point with no control handles? Then you click on the point, like so. That deletes the control handles and now we have a corner. Problem is that doesn't suit our purposes at all, because that means we've got this one arcing segment here with just one control handle, which is not enough to sufficiently control the segment. We also have that same problem here. It's not as noticeable, because here the sweater is sort of lifting up, but his jaw definitely doesn't go in this direction.

It should go up and a little bit to the right. So I'm going to drag from this point once again, like so. I'll go ahead and drag that guy up, so I get the top control handle where it needs to be. Then I'll drag the bottom control handle to convert that smooth point that I just created into a cusp. Now, you may think, well, it's great that this tool exists, but I have to keep switching back and forth between it. So now I've got three tools that I need to use to edit path outlines. I have got the Pen tool, so I can add and delete points. I've got the White Arrow tool, so I can change the location of anchor points and control handles.

And then I've got this Convert Point tool that allows me to switch back and forth between smooth point, cusp points, and corner points. Well, that's a lot of switching around between tools. Well, in fact, all you do is you press the P key, so that you've got the Pen tool. As long as you have the Pen tool active, then you can get to the other two. So you've got the Pen tool for adding and deleting points now when you're editing an existing path outline. You can press and hold the Ctrl key on a PC or the Cmd key on the Mac in order to get that White Arrow tool and then drag your points if you need to and drag your control handles as well. Then if you want to go ahead and convert an existing point, such as this smooth point right there, I'll go ahead and select it by Ctrl+clicking on it or Cmd+clicking on the Mac, then you press the Alt key or the Option key on the Mac, and while the Alt or Option key is down, you get the Convert Point tool.

So I can either drag a control handle independently of another to create a cusp point. I can drag out from the point to create a smooth point, like so. The whole time I have the Alt or Option key down, I can click in order to convert that smooth point or even a cusp point to an absolute corner. And then, again, I'd go ahead and drag in order to get myself a smooth point, like so, got the Alt key down still, by the way, or I could drag this control handle to move it independently. Then when I'm done using the Convert Point tool, I'd simply release the Alt key or the Option key on the Mac and I'll return to the Pen tool.

All right, that's good, actually, I think we're pretty much done with this guy, except that, notice the way that his face sort of bends inward right there. That's not going to look right at all. That's cutting in of course to make sure that we don't select any of the background, but it should be a straight shot right there. The angle of his cheek, in other words, should not suddenly change from its appearance above the sweater, to its appearance against the new background. So I'm going to go ahead and Ctrl+ click on the segment, Cmd+click on the Mac, and I'm going to drag this edge out a little bit.

I'm going to move the point in. Then I'm going to drag this guy up. So we're just barely cutting in and staying out of that white background. All right, that looks pretty good to me. Now we're ready to convert this path to a vector mask. So I'll go over to the Layers panel. I'll click on the man layer. Notice the path outline is still active, we can still see it. So I'll drop down to the Add Layer Mask icon. I will go ahead and Ctrl+click on it or Cmd+click on that icon on the Mac. And we add that vector-based mask. And we are done with this specific guy.

I'll go ahead and Zoom out to center him in the image window. I'm going to click on that vector mask to hide it, so that we can see the edge of his face when compared with this new background. And that is our final composition. Thanks to the most precise Selection tool available to us here inside Photoshop, the Pen tool.

Show transcript

This video is part of

Image for Photoshop CS5 One-on-One: Mastery
Photoshop CS5 One-on-One: Mastery

192 video lessons · 43987 viewers

Deke McClelland
Author

 
Expand all | Collapse all
  1. 40m 45s
    1. Welcome
      2m 45s
    2. Making Photoshop your default image editor
      7m 43s
    3. Installing the dekeKeys keyboard shortcuts
      8m 10s
    4. Remapping OS shortcuts
      7m 37s
    5. Installing the Best Workflow color settings
      4m 31s
    6. The color settings explained
      6m 54s
    7. Loading the CS5 color settings in Bridge
      3m 5s
  2. 1h 11m
    1. Your creative range continues to expand
      1m 46s
    2. The Avatar project so far
      2m 38s
    3. Painting on a photograph
      7m 50s
    4. Adding texture and depth
      6m 14s
    5. Simulating chalky white paint
      7m 23s
    6. Masking and placing an image
      7m 20s
    7. Upsampling and Lens Blur
      5m 9s
    8. Blending blurry elements
      3m 48s
    9. Making a Smart Object
      6m 46s
    10. Placing an image as a Smart Object
      3m 22s
    11. Blending away a background
      5m 56s
    12. Applying Smart Filters
      4m 34s
    13. Creating a glow with Lens Flare
      3m 45s
    14. Blending and masking a glow
      5m 3s
  3. 1h 26m
    1. Using the image to select itself
      1m 53s
    2. Introducing masking
      6m 32s
    3. Making an alpha channel
      6m 54s
    4. Using the Calculations command
      6m 48s
    5. Add, Subtract, Offset, and Scale
      5m 54s
    6. Prepping an image with the Dodge tool
      6m 55s
    7. Fixing mistakes before they get too big
      6m 32s
    8. Painting in the Overlay mode
      5m 51s
    9. Exaggerating and selecting flesh tones
      7m 39s
    10. Smudge, Median, and the Blur tool
      6m 59s
    11. Masking low-contrast details
      6m 7s
    12. Creating a flesh-and-clothing mask
      5m 45s
    13. Masking and compositing the foreground
      5m 27s
    14. Finessing the final composition
      7m 39s
  4. 2h 24m
    1. Connecting the dots
      1m 40s
    2. The Pen tool and the Paths panel
      6m 32s
    3. Drawing a straight-sided outline
      6m 25s
    4. Editing a path outline
      6m 36s
    5. Adding and editing smooth points
      5m 35s
    6. Creating vector masks with the shape tools
      4m 59s
    7. Building a complex outline from shapes
      4m 26s
    8. Subtracting and transforming shapes
      6m 45s
    9. Cloning, flipping, and combining shapes
      8m 58s
    10. Roughing in non-symmetrical paths
      7m 41s
    11. Finessing a complex outline
      9m 15s
    12. Masking a layer effect
      8m 26s
    13. Isolating an image element
      6m 8s
    14. Smooth points and control handles
      9m 3s
    15. Stretching curved segments
      7m 49s
    16. Using the Rubber Band option
      9m 33s
    17. Drawing smooth points with the Pen tool
      6m 59s
    18. Shading an isolated object
      3m 45s
    19. Drawing cusp points
      7m 14s
    20. Setting points in the pasteboard
      9m 57s
    21. Using the Convert Point tool
      6m 42s
  5. 2h 57m
    1. Everything you need to know about blending
      1m 45s
    2. Photoshop CS5's blend modes
      7m 21s
    3. Cycling between blend modes
      6m 15s
    4. Darken and Lighten and their derivatives
      6m 3s
    5. The blend mode shortcuts
      8m 6s
    6. The Multiply and Burn modes
      4m 28s
    7. The Screen and Dodge modes
      6m 0s
    8. How opposite blend modes work
      8m 24s
    9. Why Multiply darkens and Divide lightens
      5m 23s
    10. Cleaning up a client's bad art
      5m 3s
    11. Dropping out a white background
      5m 56s
    12. Blending inside blend modes
      8m 3s
    13. Overlay, Soft Light, and Hard Light
      6m 26s
    14. Vivid, Linear, and Pin Light (and Hard Mix)
      6m 35s
    15. Difference, Exclusion, Subtract, and Divide
      7m 34s
    16. Great uses for the Difference mode
      6m 18s
    17. Promising uses for the Divide mode
      9m 6s
    18. Hue, Saturation, Color, and Luminosity
      7m 0s
    19. Blending an inverted layer
      3m 32s
    20. The "Fill Opacity Eight"
      7m 25s
    21. Making bad blend modes good
      5m 16s
    22. Making a knockout layer
      6m 53s
    23. Blending in the CMYK mode
      8m 3s
    24. Overprinting black text
      8m 29s
    25. Using the Luminance slider
      5m 24s
    26. Parametric luminance masking
      6m 21s
    27. Adjusting the behavior of luminance effects
      10m 8s
  6. 2h 2m
    1. Smart Objects = protective containers
      1m 35s
    2. Placing an Illustrator graphic
      6m 30s
    3. Vector copy and paste options
      6m 56s
    4. Applying Puppet Warp to vectors
      8m 9s
    5. "Gluing" vector art for Puppet Warp
      5m 50s
    6. Warping art onto the surface of an image
      8m 7s
    7. Blending a Smart Object
      4m 30s
    8. Blurring and blending a Smart Object
      6m 8s
    9. Making changes in Illustrator
      5m 57s
    10. Creating "true clones"
      7m 18s
    11. Double-flipping text
      4m 44s
    12. Applying effects to multiple layers
      3m 24s
    13. Updating true clones in one operation
      7m 36s
    14. Editing JPEGs as Camera Raw objects
      5m 49s
    15. Creating a double-exposure effect
      7m 15s
    16. Masking and shading transitions
      7m 47s
    17. Applying and repeating Camera Raw edits
      6m 9s
    18. Copying vs. cloning a Smart Object
      5m 18s
    19. Flipping a Smart Object and its mask
      3m 42s
    20. Adjusting multiple Camera Raw clones
      3m 53s
    21. Text that inverts everything behind it
      5m 34s
  7. 1h 59m
    1. This time, "smart" means dynamic
      1m 37s
    2. Introducing Smart Filters
      6m 28s
    3. Traditional High Pass sharpening
      5m 17s
    4. Smart High Pass in the Lab mode
      7m 57s
    5. Sharpening a high-frequency image
      7m 46s
    6. Retroactively reducing noise
      7m 31s
    7. Which filters are Smart Filters?
      6m 20s
    8. Shadows/Highlights as a Smart Filter
      4m 37s
    9. Nesting one Smart Object inside another
      7m 11s
    10. Drawing a mask from a nested Smart Object
      8m 7s
    11. Better Shadows/Highlights inside Lab
      9m 16s
    12. Tempering saturation values in Lab
      7m 0s
    13. Filtering live, editable text
      9m 2s
    14. Enhancing filters with layer effects
      4m 33s
    15. Applying a filter multiple times
      5m 0s
    16. Creating a synthetic star field
      7m 7s
    17. Making a stucco or drywall pattern
      6m 28s
    18. Land, sea, and clouds
      8m 30s
  8. 2h 50m
    1. Photoshop's advanced painting tools
      2m 3s
    2. Canvas texture and brush libraries
      6m 40s
    3. Painting with a predefined custom brush
      9m 21s
    4. Dissecting a custom brush
      11m 9s
    5. Designing and using a custom brush
      4m 54s
    6. Saving and loading brush presets
      5m 27s
    7. The ten styles of bristle brushes
      9m 47s
    8. Size, Spacing, and Angle
      7m 2s
    9. Using the Bristle Brush preview
      7m 53s
    10. Bristles, Length, Thickness, and Stiffness
      6m 53s
    11. Stylus tilt and mouse behavior
      5m 25s
    12. Stroking a path outline with a brush
      4m 0s
    13. Troubleshooting a stylus
      5m 49s
    14. Introducing the Mixer Brush
      7m 22s
    15. The Load, Mix, and Wet values
      5m 1s
    16. Cleaning and loading a brush
      6m 26s
    17. Shading a piece of graphic art
      6m 34s
    18. Shading with color
      7m 53s
    19. Mixing a photographic portrait
      6m 11s
    20. Tracing the fine details in an image
      5m 52s
    21. Crosshatching and brush size
      5m 53s
    22. Covering up and augmenting details
      7m 36s
    23. Painting in hair and fabric
      5m 54s
    24. Painting and scaling very fine hairs
      8m 7s
    25. Adding texture with the Emboss filter
      8m 31s
    26. Exploiting a "happy accident"
      2m 46s
  9. 1h 40m
    1. Artificial intelligence that works
      1m 22s
    2. The Auto-Align Layers command
      7m 25s
    3. The Auto-Blend Layers command
      3m 54s
    4. Masking auto-aligned layers
      4m 50s
    5. The Geometric Distortion setting
      6m 44s
    6. The Seamless Tones and Colors checkbox
      4m 8s
    7. Creating the best possible layer mask
      9m 18s
    8. Auto-blending depths of field
      5m 54s
    9. Finessing masks, accepting imperfections
      6m 29s
    10. Shooting and downsampling panorama images
      5m 54s
    11. Introducing the Photomerge command
      6m 40s
    12. Evaluating the Layout settings
      6m 47s
    13. Loading, aligning, and blending with Photomerge
      5m 36s
    14. Tracing and extracting seams
      7m 18s
    15. Adding a masked element into a panorama
      5m 55s
    16. Simplifying and correcting a panorama
      5m 58s
    17. Smart Filters and nondestructive cropping
      6m 43s
  10. 1h 18m
    1. The most mysterious of mysterious topics
      2m 29s
    2. Introducing HDR Toning
      6m 43s
    3. Reigning in clipped highlights
      5m 54s
    4. The Local Adaptation options
      9m 5s
    5. Nondestructive editing with HDR Toning
      8m 22s
    6. Using the HDR Toning Curve
      7m 2s
    7. HDR Toning vs. Shadows/Highlights
      6m 0s
    8. Merging multiple exposures
      7m 14s
    9. A first look at HDR Pro
      6m 24s
    10. Removing ghosts, correcting backlighting
      7m 11s
    11. Generating and editing an HDR comp
      7m 0s
    12. HDR rendered to completion
      5m 19s
  11. 1h 27m
    1. Processing hundreds of files in no time
      1m 43s
    2. Creating an action set
      6m 37s
    3. Making an action
      7m 7s
    4. Stop, Delete, and Record
      7m 12s
    5. Add, Undo, and Rerecord
      6m 40s
    6. Playing and testing an action
      6m 31s
    7. Playing and editing a specific operation
      6m 39s
    8. Permitting the user to change settings
      4m 58s
    9. Explaining an action with a custom stop
      5m 0s
    10. Batch-processing multiple images
      7m 22s
    11. Adding a Save As operation
      6m 34s
    12. Creating an action to save web graphics
      7m 59s
    13. Batching two actions into one
      7m 15s
    14. Saving and loading actions
      5m 30s
  12. 1m 19s
    1. See ya
      1m 19s

Start learning today

Get unlimited access to all courses for just $25/month.

Become a member
Sometimes @lynda teaches me how to use a program and sometimes Lynda.com changes my life forever. @JosefShutter
@lynda lynda.com is an absolute life saver when it comes to learning todays software. Definitely recommend it! #higherlearning @Michael_Caraway
@lynda The best thing online! Your database of courses is great! To the mark and very helpful. Thanks! @ru22more
Got to create something yesterday I never thought I could do. #thanks @lynda @Ngventurella
I really do love @lynda as a learning platform. Never stop learning and developing, it’s probably our greatest gift as a species! @soundslikedavid
@lynda just subscribed to lynda.com all I can say its brilliant join now trust me @ButchSamurai
@lynda is an awesome resource. The membership is priceless if you take advantage of it. @diabetic_techie
One of the best decision I made this year. Buy a 1yr subscription to @lynda @cybercaptive
guys lynda.com (@lynda) is the best. So far I’ve learned Java, principles of OO programming, and now learning about MS project @lucasmitchell
Signed back up to @lynda dot com. I’ve missed it!! Proper geeking out right now! #timetolearn #geek @JayGodbold
Share a link to this course

What are exercise files?

Exercise files are the same files the author uses in the course. Save time by downloading the author's files instead of setting up your own files, and learn by following along with the instructor.

Can I take this course without the exercise files?

Yes! If you decide you would like the exercise files later, you can upgrade to a premium account any time.

Become a member Download sample files See plans and pricing

Please wait... please wait ...
Upgrade to get access to exercise files.

Exercise files video

How to use exercise files.

Learn by watching, listening, and doing, Exercise files are the same files the author uses in the course, so you can download them and follow along Premium memberships include access to all exercise files in the library.


Exercise files

Exercise files video

How to use exercise files.

For additional information on downloading and using exercise files, watch our instructional video or read the instructions in the FAQ .

This course includes free exercise files, so you can practice while you watch the course. To access all the exercise files in our library, become a Premium Member.

Are you sure you want to mark all the videos in this course as unwatched?

This will not affect your course history, your reports, or your certificates of completion for this course.


Mark all as unwatched Cancel

Congratulations

You have completed Photoshop CS5 One-on-One: Mastery.

Return to your organization's learning portal to continue training, or close this page.


OK
Become a member to add this course to a playlist

Join today and get unlimited access to the entire library of video courses—and create as many playlists as you like.

Get started

Already a member ?

Become a member to like this course.

Join today and get unlimited access to the entire library of video courses.

Get started

Already a member?

Exercise files

Learn by watching, listening, and doing! Exercise files are the same files the author uses in the course, so you can download them and follow along. Exercise files are available with all Premium memberships. Learn more

Get started

Already a Premium member?

Exercise files video

How to use exercise files.

Ask a question

Thanks for contacting us.
You’ll hear from our Customer Service team within 24 hours.

Please enter the text shown below:

The classic layout automatically defaults to the latest Flash Player.

To choose a different player, hold the cursor over your name at the top right of any lynda.com page and choose Site preferences from the dropdown menu.

Continue to classic layout Stay on new layout
Exercise files

Access exercise files from a button right under the course name.

Mark videos as unwatched

Remove icons showing you already watched videos if you want to start over.

Control your viewing experience

Make the video wide, narrow, full-screen, or pop the player out of the page into its own window.

Interactive transcripts

Click on text in the transcript to jump to that spot in the video. As the video plays, the relevant spot in the transcript will be highlighted.

Are you sure you want to delete this note?

No

Your file was successfully uploaded.

Thanks for signing up.

We’ll send you a confirmation email shortly.


Sign up and receive emails about lynda.com and our online training library:

Here’s our privacy policy with more details about how we handle your information.

Keep up with news, tips, and latest courses with emails from lynda.com.

Sign up and receive emails about lynda.com and our online training library:

Here’s our privacy policy with more details about how we handle your information.

   
submit Lightbox submit clicked
Terms and conditions of use

We've updated our terms and conditions (now called terms of service).Go
Review and accept our updated terms of service.