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Pen Tool in Photoshop – Converting Points


We continue to progress through the tricks and details of using the Pen Tool in Photoshop, and today we look at ways of converting anchor points from corners, to smooth curves, to cusp points and back. This final skill, combined with what we’ve learned in the previous videos, will give you everything you need to manage creating and editing of virtually any complex path in any image.

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
  5. Pen Tool in Photoshop – Cusp Points

Next week, we’ll wrap up this series with a start-to-finish project using a complex subject, creating multiple paths for selections. I do hope you’ll stick around!

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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