Photoshop Pen Tool Resources

posted by Audee Mirza | Thursday, August 27, 2009

Pen Tool is a powerful tool in Photoshop that every designer should master. It is not difficult to understand how this tool work, but it would challenge most of us in its practical uses. Here are some resources links that may help you to figure out some Pen Tool tricks and its best practices for your creative design.
Feel free to drop another links in my comment box if you have another favorite Pen Tool resources to share. Thank you ;)

Pen Tool graphic is designed by Markus Nielsen

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Creative Tip: Adobe Pen Tool Cheatsheet by
A simple PDF file cheatsheet that shows how easy Adobe’s Pen Tool to be used across Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign (CS2/CS3) .

Photoshop Pathing: How To Use Photoshop Pen Tool by
A very quick tutorial for pathing out a simple object from its background.

Making Selections With The Pen Tool by
It is a very good tutorial especially if you are a Photoshop beginners. Because it has lots of informative visual & textual explanations to create selection and therefore very easy to follow. The points of explanations covered:
  • Pen Tool & Path introduction
  • Turning A Path Into A Selection
  • Handle Directions Control
  • Drawing A Curve
  • Moving An Anchor Point
  • Combining Straight Paths With Curves
  • Practical example of how to select an object with curves

Photoshop’s Pen Tool: The Comprehensive Guide
A very comprehensive tutorial that has many visual examples, tips, best practices and instructions about Pen Tool. You'll find explanations of functions, keyboard shortcuts, cursors, mouse & keyboard controls and option to use Pen Tool. The tutorial also provides you the downloadable Pen Tool Exercise file so you can follow the guides to create precise paths, using the hints and shortcuts covered in this article.

Photoshop Pen Tool Guide by
It is a well explained basic Peen Tool tutorial. The tutorial shows you how to create simple shapes with the help of Grid and snapping in your work canvas.

How to use Photoshop's Pen Tool by
In the end you'll learn how to cut out an image with the pen tool and then creating custom shapes from the work path.

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