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Pen Tool in Photoshop–Cusp Points


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.

If you haven’t already viewed the previous videos in this series, I recommend watching them first to bring you up to speed with our current progress:

  1. Pen Tool in Photoshop – Path Fundamentals
  2. Pen Tool in Photoshop – Straight Paths
  3. Pen Tool in Photoshop – Adding Paths and Anchor Points
  4. Pen Too in Photoshop – Smooth Curves

Next week, we’ll continue our series, learning to convert anchor points from one type to another. I hope you’ll continue to join us!

About Michael Hoffman (224 Articles)
Mike has been a photographer, artist, educator, and technophile for most of his life. Early in his career, he created technical illustrations and photographs for electronic equipment manufacturers, and taught classes in computer aided drafting and 3D modeling software. When digital cameras became widely available in the late 1990s, the move was a natural one, and has led to a happy combination of technology, software, photography and art. Mike is an Adobe Certified Expert in Photoshop and Acrobat, and is well versed in Lightroom and Photoshop Elements, as well as Illustrator and InDesign. He has also contributed his time and efforts to the excellent work being done by Operation Photo Rescue, in restoring photographs damaged by natural disasters. As an active member of the National Association of Photoshop Professionals, he continues his quest for excellence in art, excellence in design, and excellence in education.

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