Join Julieanne Kost for an in-depth discussion in this video Drawing complex paths, part of The Art of Photoshop Compositing.
…Now we are going to draw some more complex paths.…Let's go ahead and zoom in.…I find that this is where things get…really interesting because in order to change direction you…need to know how to convert from a corner point to a smooth point and vice versa.…So with the Pen Tool selected I'll click on the…first black square, and then click on the second black square.…Then I want to add another anchor point in the middle, so I'll click in between.…Now in order to change…to the Direct Selection tool, I'll hold down the Command key.…And then I click and drag out that anchor point.…
We can see that this is a curved anchor point.…If I want to change that to a corner…anchor point, I can hold down the Option key.…When I hold down the Option key, I automatically get the Convert Point tool.…Or, if I wanted to, I could select it from the Pen Tools fly out menu.…I just think it's easier to hold down the Option key…on the MAC or the Alt key on Windows, and click.…Now, if I have a corner point and I want to convert it…to a curve point, again I can hold down the Option key, but…
- What makes a good composite?
- Refining your story
- Composing using the basic principles of design
- Customizing your Photoshop workspace
- Preparing elements from your source images
- Adjusting color, tone, balance, and perspective
- Mastering the Pen tool
- Unifying with texture, focus, leading lines, and structure
Skill Level Intermediate
1. Why Composite Images?
2. Customizing Photoshop for Compositing Images
3. Composite 1: Perception
4. Composite 2: Erosion
5. Working with the Pen Tool
6. Composite 3: Two Birds
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