Introduction to the Pen Tool
● The Pen Tool is a “gateway" tool. Once you understand it you'll have an easier time with the other tools because it has crossover characteristics all graphic artists must know.
● Start by Making Simple Straight Lines
✓ Bevel and Emboss ✓ Drop Shadow
• This tutorial is part of the Drive Me Wild project and is part of a series:
✓ The Pen Tool Tutorial #1 - Straight Lines ✓ Pen Tool Tutorial #2 - Curved Lines✓ Pen Tool Tutorial #3 - Windows
Other People's Work:
Here are examples of work inspired by this tutorial.
Step #1: Open a Blank Document in Adobe PhotoShop ~
✗ Open Photoshop & create a new canvas. Hit Cmd (⌘) + N + or go to: File > New …
✗ … select inches.
✗ Make your canvas 8.5 x 11 inches.
✗ It's a good idea to choose Transparent in the Background Contents too.
Step #2: Find an Image ~
✗ Go to Goggle or find an image you want to copy on the internet.
✗ Right-Click, copy or save it.
✗ Go to: Edit > Paste or hit the keyboard shortcut Cmd(⌘) +V
Step #3: Create a New Layer ~
✗ Go to: Layer > New > Layer …
✗ … or use the keyboard shortcut: Cmd (⌘) + Shift (⇧) + N …
✗ … name the layer something, like rim or tire or whatever …
✗ … and lock the background layer =
Step #4: Select the Pen Tool ~
✗ Click on the Pen Tool or hit the keyboard shortcut letter (p) …
✗ … and make sure Paths is selected on the Menu Bar.
Step #5: Connect the Dots ~
✗ Using the Pen Tool is a lot like playing Conect-the-Dots.
Step #6: Close the Shape ~
✗ Notice when you get back to where you started, the Closed Shape icon appears …
✗ … you must close the shape by hovering over the starting point and click.
Step #7: Repeat …
✗ Repeat the steps for all the rims.
Step #8: Make Selection ~
✗ Right-Click somewhere in the shape & hit Make Selection …
✗ … make sure it says New Selection and then OK.
Step #9: Marching Ants ~
✗ Now you see the "marching ants." That means your shapes are selected and ready for the next step.
Step #10: Color ~
✗ Select your color …
✗ … and fill the selection by going to: Edit > Fill or hit the keyboard shortcut : Alt (⌥)+Backspace(Delete) + …
Step #11: Bevel and Emboss ~
✗ Make sure the new layer is selected and go to: Layer > Layer Style > Blending Options …
✗ … and adjust the Bevel and Emboss to contrast to your composition as best you can.
Step #12: Drop Shadow ~
✗ Also add Drop Shadow to the new layer by going to: Layer > Layer Style > Drop Shadow …
✗ Adjust all the settings! Add as much contrast to your composition as you can …
Last Step: Save Your Project & Attach ~
✓ Go to: File > Save as … and save your work as .psd document.
• ALWAYS save your projects using the following naming convention:
• DO NOT name your project any other way - Improperly named projects will not receive credit and you will be sad.
• NEVER leave your work on the desktop or depend on a flash drive - instead, save your work in a folder you can find later - preferably on a virtual drive where it can be backed up.
✓ SAVE YOUR WORK FREQUENTLY! No excuses for missing or lost work! Attach the .psd file and keep working …