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Photoshop Beginner: Learn the Pen Tool with this Abstract Shape Graphic Design Tutorial

Benjamin Halsall, Teaching YouTubers, Creatives & Lovers of Design

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10 Videos (18m)
    • Class Introduction

    • Setup Your Project

    • Introducing the Brush Tool for Gradient Creation

    • Introducing the Pen Tool

    • Duplicating Custom Shapes

    • Modify and Customise Shapes using Direct Selection

    • Mofify Shapes with the Direct Selection Tool

    • Advanced Shape Modifications

    • Change Colour with Adjustment Layers

    • Add Noise & Prepare for Export


About This Class

In this class you will create a series of abstract shapes and designs in Adobe Photoshop with the aim of looking at how you can combine a use of brushes, the pen tool, clipping masks and adjustment layers.

This class is designed as an easy to follow tutorial for beginners and in this class you will learn the following:

  • Setting Up a New Photoshop Project
  • Using the Brush tool to create gradient effects
  • Using the Pen Tool to create customised shapes
  • Clipping Masks
  • Duplicate Layers
  • Work with Layer Groups
  • Move and rotate individual layers and grouped selections
  • Hue/Saturation Adjustment Layers
  • Adding Noise to break up gradients

I look forward to seeing the projects you create.

Get stuck in and have fun!

11 of 11 students recommendSee All

excellent class The instructor knows how to clearly deliver information.
GREAT class in using the pen tool, masking, gradients and layers. I'd never have thought to work this way, but i learned a lot. Benjamin teaches the important organization also.
This is an interesting class. It gives techniques for working with the pen tool, and also some advice for working with layers.





Benjamin Halsall

Teaching YouTubers, Creatives & Lovers of Design

For the designer in you I create fun short lessons in Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator & Adobe InDesign. I include some creative and technical tips in all my lessons which are always easy to follow. Check out my popular Banksy Yourself Photoshop Class, how to create Polygonal Patterns in Adobe Illustrator or my Photoshop Drawing & Painting Fundamentals.

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