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Selections with the Pen Tool in Photoshop CC step by step


The Pen Tool are also referred to as the Path Tool. And earlier it was named the Bezier Pen or the Bezier Tool because it was created by a French engineer named Pierre Bezier.
The pen tool creates vector curves and paths. Vectors are lines, whose curvature, thickness, and length are determined by mathematical formulae.
A path is really nothing more than a line or curve that goes from one point to another. A path is completely separate from the image itself.
The pen tool is great for many kinds of cut out tasks because of the clean, controllable, reusable nature of vectors.

You'll find the Pen Tool in the Tools palette. You can set options in the Options Bar. You can change a path to a selection in the the Paths panels toolbox.

Chose path and Combine Shapes in the Options Bar.

If you turn on the Rubber Band option, the lines and curves start to form as you move the cursor around the screen, it's a sort of real-time preview of the shape you'll get when you plant the next click.

Pen Tool commands and keyboard shortcuts

WINDOWS
Mac OS
Click with Pen tool add Anchor Point Click with Pen tool
Click with the Pen Tool and drag add an anchor point with direction handles Click with the Pen Tool and drag
CTRL moves anchor point Command
CTRL rotate both direction handle Command
ALT rotate one direction handle Option
CTRL + ALT rotate both direction handle Command + Option
I use a Windows PC. The coresponding Mac OS keyboard shortcuts can be seen in the table.

With The Pen Tool selectet click with the mouse to plase the first point. The first point are the Anchor Point. The symbol down to the right for the pen shows it. Then symbol disapears when You move away from the Anchor Point. Click with the mouse to set a new point and You have a path (line) betveen 2 points.

With the third point click the mouse and hold the mouse button down as You move the cursor a bit. The cursor change to a black arrow and 2 direction handles extending out from the point, and You have created a line that curves.

You close a path by clicking once again on the starting point. When you hover the mouse cursor over the starting point, you'll see a small circle appear in the bottom right corner of the pen icon. Click, and path are created.

How to move control points and change curves

First, hold CTRL key down and klick with mouse anywhere outside the path. The shape are now unlocked, and You can move the control points one by one. Otherwise You move the whole path.

Hold down CTRL key and click with the mouse on a control point, drag and the control point will move.

Hold down CTRL key, click on the end of either of the direction handles and drag. It is possible to make the direction handle longer and to rotate it.

If You use the Pen Tool and hold Down the ALT key or use the Convert Pen Tool, You can rotate one direktion handle at a time.

If You use the Pen Tool and hold Down the ALT key or use the Convert Pen Tool, You can remove the direction handles from a control point. Or You can put them back again.

The Freeform Pen Tool sets control points automatically.
With the Add Anchor Point Tool You can insert new control points, and with the Delete Anchor Point Tool, You can delete control points.
The Convert Point Tools removes or inserts directions handles and make it possible to rotate one direction handle at a time.

When You have drawn a path around the figure You want to set free, then choose Selection in the Option bar or choose Load path as selection in the Path panel tool box.

Use Refine Edge to get the details in the edge. You'll find it in the Select drop down menu.



 

 

 

 

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