Join Tim Grey for an in-depth discussion in this video The Pen tool, part of Photoshop: Selections (2011).
The Pen tool isn't actually a selection tool but, you can use the shapes you draw …with the Pen tool as the basis of a selection. …In this lesson, we'll see how it's done. The Pen tool allows you to create shapes …comprised of straight lines and more importantly bezier curves. …That makes is especially helpful when creating a selection of an object that …contains a variety of curves, such as the sign shown in this photo. …To get started we'll of course choose the Pen tool from the toolbox, and then …configure the setting on the Options bar. Let's first take a look at the set of …three buttons. The first of the three will cause a shape …to be created, and the last of the three will cause pixels to be filled in.…
What we want is to create a path, which is the middle button. …We also want to take advantage of the shape capabilities of the Pen tool, so …we'll use the first option for the Pen tool, not the Free Form option. …We also have options for creating a variety of shapes, which we're not going …
- Adding, subtracting, and intersecting
- Saving and loading selections
- Using Deselect, Reselect, and Hide
- Selection tools
- Advanced selection techniques
- Refining selections
- Selection projects
Skill Level Advanced
Photoshop CS5: Selections in Depthwith Jan Kabili3h 45m Intermediate
Photoshop Masking and Compositing: Fundamentalswith Deke McClelland11h 36m Intermediate
1. Basic Concepts
2. Selection Tools
3. Advanced Selection Techniques
4. Refining Selections
5. Selection Projects
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