Making Curved Lines with the Pen Tool can be Frustrating!

     ●   Once you get it, though, it’s like riding a bike – you’ll never forget.

Learn About:

Learn to use "Béziers" to make perfectly smooth curves.All Graphic Artists must know the Pen Tool.

  •   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.

fill tire

Step #1: Open your Project in Photoshop ~

Open YOUR PROJECT in Photoshop …



… (Remember: all these tutorials are intended to be
applied to YOUR PROJECT) …

Step #2: Create a New Layer ~

Go to: Layer > New > Layer

new layer

… or hit the keyboard shortcut: Cmd (⌘)+ Shift (⇧) + N

cmd key + shift key + n kye

… and hit OK.

hit OK

Step #3: Drag the Layer Down ~

Drag the new layer below the rims layer.

Step #4: Pen Tool ~

Click the Pen Tool or hit the keyboard shortcut letter (p) …

pen tool

… and make sure Paths is selected on the Menu Bar.

Step #5: Begin Circling the Tire ~

Click-and-Pull with the Pen Tool.

Step #6: Closed Shape Icon ~

Remember the Closed Shape icon? Click-and-pull the anchor point to close the shape.

Step #7: Make Selection ~

Right-Click somewhere in the shape & hit Make Selection

make selection

… select another Color and fill the selection by hitting Alt (⌥)+Backspace (Delete) or go to: Edit > Fill.

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Step #8: Bevel and Emboss ~

Make sure the tire layer is selected and go to: Layer > Layer Style > Blending Options

blending options

… and add Bevel and Emboss to the tire.

bevel emboss

Adjust the setting to your liking …

spokes example

Step #9: LOCK ~

Lock lock your layers when you're done.


Each section should be on it's own layer.

Last Step: Save Your Project & Attach ~

Go to: File > Save as … and save your work as .psd document.

save as an ai


    •     ALWAYS save your projects using the following naming convention: FIRST_NAME_LAST_NAME_PROJECT_NAME.psd


    •     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. You are responsible for your own files.

Other Resources: Here is a zipped folder containing all 5 comprehensive pen tool worksheets.