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Pen Tool in Photoshop–Putting it all Together


In this series on using the Pen Tool in Photoshop, we’ve covered a lot of ground. We’ve explored the features and capabilities of the Pen Tool and its related tools (such as the Convert Point Tool and the Direct Selection Tool). Now that we’ve seen the details, here’s a demonstration of how to put it all together.

In this video, we step through the process of extracting an object from a busy background – one that doesn’t work well at all with the quick selection too, nor any of the pixel based selection tools. The Pen Tool is the right tool for this job, and we’ll step through the practical use of the Pen Tool for this project.

If you missed the previous videos in this series, please make sure to go back and watch them first:

  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
  6. Pen Tool in Photoshop – Converting Points

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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