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Adobe Photoshop CS Classroom in a Book by Adobe Creative Team

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Chapter 9. Basic Pen Tool Techniques

Basic Pen Tool Techniques

The Pen tool draws precise straight or curved lines called paths. You can use the Pen tool as a drawing tool or as a selection tool. When used as a selection tool, the Pen tool always draws smooth, anti-aliased outlines. These paths are an excellent alternative to using the standard selection tools for creating intricate selections.

In this lesson, you’ll learn how to do the following:

  • Practice drawing straight and curved paths using the Pen tool.

  • Save paths.

  • Fill and stroke paths.

  • Edit paths using the path-editing tools.

  • Convert a path to a selection.

  • Convert a selection to a path.

This lesson will take about 50 minutes ...

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