Selecting precisely with the Pen tool and paths


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Selecting precisely with the Pen tool and paths

Photoshop's Pen tool is different than the other selection tools because the Pen tool creates vector-based paths. These are smooth paths, consisting of curved or straight-line segments connected by anchor points. This makes the Pen tool ideal for selecting items with smooth or curved, hard edges, like a car or maybe some sunglasses. Once you make a closed path with the Pen tool, you can convert it into a traditional selection with just one click. To show you how this all works, I'll go to the toolbox, and there I'm going to click on the Pen tool.

I'll go up to the Options bar, and I am going to double-check that I have the Paths icon selected here, not the Shape layers icon or the Fill pixels icon. I also like to leave Auto Add/Delete checked, so that I can add or delete points with the Pen tool. I am going to move into the image, and I'm going to start right here, selecting the edge of this truck. I'll click and then I'll click again to show you that when I creat...

Selecting precisely with the Pen tool and paths
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Selecting precisely with the Pen tool and paths provides you with in-depth training on Photography. Taught by Jan Kabili as part of the Photoshop CS5: Selections in Depth

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Photography
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