Join Julieanne Kost for an in-depth discussion in this video Pen tool basics, part of The Art of Photoshop Compositing.
…Because the pen tool's so essential for selecting hard edge objects,…I want to make sure that we all know how to use it.…If you are already a master at the pen tool, then feel…free to skip this chapter and move right on to the third composite.…If you've never used the pen tool, or you need a quick refresher…and you practice, this chapter will enable you to get up to speed quickly.…First of all, let's take a look at what we're creating.…I'm going to zoom in and…move to the upper right.…If you select the Pen tool by tapping the P key, then…every time you click, you lay down what's called an anchor point.…
If you click again, you create what's called a line segment.…If you decide to click and drag with the Pen tool, you drag out what's…called a direction line, and at the end of the direction line is a direction point.…So let's take a look and see how this works.…I'm going to click on the first black square here to set down my…first anchor point, and then click again in order to create a line segment.…I can click again and again in order to create straight paths.…
- 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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