Be A Pen Tool Wizard in Photoshop

Tom Froese, Illustrator and Designer

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10 Videos (1h 12m)
    • Class Trailer

    • Introduction to the Pen Tool

    • Making Basic Shapes

    • The Paths Panel

    • Making Layers from Shapes

    • Vector Masks on Layers

    • Vector Masks on Layer Groups

    • Making Better Shapes

    • Path Operations

    • Conclusion

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About This Class

This is a free class! No Premium membership required. It is meant to supplement my other Skillshare classes, which make extensive use of the Pen Tool in Photoshop. Please enjoy!

Why on earth would you use Photoshop to illustrate with vector shapes? Isn't that what Illustrator is for? For pure vector illustration, yes, use Illustrator. But if you're working with both raster art and vectors in your illustration, Photoshop is the way to go. If you're used to the pen tool in Illustrator, you'll find a lot of similarities, but you'll also encounter some differences that at first can be frustrating and confusing. That's where this class comes in. Join illustrator Tom Froese as he guides you through the fundamental pen tool techniques he uses in his own work (and quite extensively in his other Skillshare classes such as Inky Illustrations and Inky Maps). This class is perfect for illustrators and hobbyists of all skill levels. While the content is rather technical, the skills you will obtain will be nothing short of magic. 

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Tom, Thank you so much for this class. It was extremely helpful to me! I was even able to apply the techniques I learned in a different program - Inkscape.
Onyx Welborne

Greeting Card Design & Illustration

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Excellent class. Thank you Tom.
Trish LaPointe

Designer, Illustrator





Tom Froese

Illustrator and Designer

Hello, Skillshare folks! I am an independent illustrator and designer from Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. I primarily work in editorial and retail illustration, and my client list includes GQ France, Monocle, Laurence King Publishing, Papyrus (the greeting cards, not the font!) and Chipotle Mexican Grill. On the side, I regularly collaborate on letterpress projects, such as greeting cards and multi-illustrator print sets with my friend Vincent Perez at Everlovin' Press.


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