Join Richard Harrington for an in-depth discussion in this video Making a selection with the Pen tool, part of Practical Photoshop Selections.
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…While the many selection tolls we've looked at, will make sense for…most situations, sometimes you want to get a little bit more vector based.…Remember Photoshop has a Pen tool, and if you are an experienced adobe…illustrator user, this might be a great way to make an initial selection.…In this image here, I've used the Pen tool to selectively target one of…the props on this plane, to really darken it down and add some contrast.…This particular shape is very curved, and I want a nice gentle selection.…
All right, let's start with the unaffected image and just zoom in a bit.…And what I'm going to do is select the Pen tool, P for pen.…I can now click.…And, if I start to pull, it creates a handle.…There we go.…And, you see there, by pulling those handles, you could refine that.…Holding down the Command key or the Control key, I could…adjust those handles to really get the results that I need.…All right, that looks pretty good. Lets click keep drawing.…Add another control point. Click.…
And again remember,…hold down the Command key to get your selection areas, if you need to refine.…
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- What are selections?
- Creating masks from selections
- Moving a selection
- Selecting with the Quick Selection tool
- Transforming a selection
- Using the Refine Edge command
- Selecting a color or tonal range throughout the image
- Making a selection with the Pen tool
- Saving a selection as an alpha channel
- Creating a selection from multiple channels with the Calculations command