Pen Tool in Photoshop–Cusp Points

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In this, our 5th instalment of our series on using the Pen Tool in Photoshop, we explore the problem of cusp points. Cusps are formed when two curves meet, but not in a smooth point – rather in a corner or sharp angle, as you might see on a heart, or perhaps on the fin of a fish. The technique for drawing this type of shape in Photoshop is not obvious, but it is easy once you know how.

Pen Tool in Photoshop – Smooth Curves

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We’ve been chipping away at the Pen Tool in Photoshop, and in this part 4 of our series, we finally begin to draw curved paths, freeform, with the Pen Tool. Learning to use control points and control handles requires some practice and some experience, but with the knowledge base from the first three segments in this series, we’re ready to tackle curved paths.

Photoshop Smart Objects from Adobe Illustrator

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Wanting to at a scribbled text effect to an image I looked to Adobe Illustrator. The great thing about Creative Suite and the Creative Cloud is that the applications work so seamlessly together.

Here I create the text in illustrator and then bring it to Photoshop as a smart object, making it editable at any time.

30 Second Photoshop Series

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I recently started a new series on YouTube and I’d love to know what you think. Each video’s 30 seconds long and has a quick Photoshop tip. They won’t be appearing at TipSquirrel all the time so make sure you subscribe to the channel to be notified about new videos.

Picture Frame in Photoshop CC

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January 2014 saw a major update to Photoshop CC, one of the hidden away updates was the Picture Frame. To my mind, it’s better suited to Photoshop Elements, for those scrapbookers among us. There’s some good, bad, and damn right ugly.

Pen Tool in Photoshop–Straight Paths

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In part 2 of my series on using the Pen Tool within Photoshop, we finally do break out the Pen Tool, and start drawing straight line paths. Learn how to place and modify corner anchor points, and how to close a path. With the closed path, we’ll learn how to save the path, load the path as a selection and use it as a layer mask.