Photoshop Explained: The Pen Tool

Learn to use the pen tool and its related tools!
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  • Lectures 13
  • Length 33 mins
  • Skill Level Beginner Level
  • Languages English
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Published 11/2013 English

Course Description

The pen tool in Photoshop can be a great asset to any designer/illustrator's belt, so why not learn how to use it? In this course we will be covering the pen tool and its supporting fellow tools so that you can be on your way to pen tool savvy-ness!

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What are the requirements?

  • Adequate hearing and vision
  • Photoshop CS3 and above
  • Super basic understanding of Photoshop

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Mastery of the pen tool in Photoshop
  • Understand shapes in Photoshop

Who is the target audience?

  • Anyone who wants to learn to use the pen tool in Photoshop
  • Budding Illustrators

What you get with this course?

Not for you? No problem.
30 day money back guarantee.

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Lifetime access.

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Desktop, iOS and Android.

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Certificate of completion.


Section 1: Learning the Tools

You might run into this dialogue box if you're using Photoshop cs5 and below, but don't worry, here's what to do!


The direct selection tool is crucial in the manipulation of shapes, in this lesson you will learn how it works!


The path selection tool is the sister tool of the direct selection tool, only much simpler to use, in this lesson we will cover its function!


Merging shape layers in cs6 is now really convenient, here's how to go about it if you're in an earlier version of Photoshop!


In this lesson, we will be discussing the function of the convert point tool!

3 questions

Just making sure you know your shortcuts!


Just a text version of the shortcuts to preface the video lesson on shortcuts.


In this lesson, we will take a look at the shortcuts for the tools we've covered so far.


Finally, we have the lesson on the pen tool in which we will discuss its function and some good shortcuts to know!

Section 2: Shape Tools

It's not all about the tools, in this lesson, we will take a look at shapes.

New feature in CS6 which lets you quickly create shapes with exact dimensions.

In this lesson, we will talk about the useful shape combination modes and layers within layers!


In this lesson, we will learn about the differences between a shape and a path, and why a path might be useful!

Section 3: Applying the Knowledge

In this demo, I will tie it all together as I demonstrate my take on the pen tool workflow.

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Instructor Biography

Hey there! My name is Emmanuel and I'm a self taught designer/illustrator constantly looking for new things to learn. I believe that the fundamentals are the most important things to learn as they are your foundation for anything you try to accomplish in the future!

I am currently working as a designer at an educational startup, (product hasn't launched) whose acronym is BAFS!

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