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 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.
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 …
✗ … or hit the keyboard shortcut: Cmd (⌘)+ Shift (⇧) + N …
✗ … and 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) …
✗ … 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 …
✗ … select another Color and fill the selection by hitting Alt (⌥)+Backspace (Delete) or go to: Edit > Fill.
Step #8: Bevel and Emboss ~
✗ Make sure the tire layer is selected and go to: Layer > Layer Style > Blending Options …
✗ … and add Bevel and Emboss to the tire.
✗ Adjust the setting to your liking …
Step #9: 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.
• 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.