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6 Videos (19m)
    • Introduction

    • Connect the Dots

    • Paths and Shapes

    • Anchor Points

    • Turning Paths Into Selections

    • Modify a Photo


About This Class

A pen is probably the first tool of choice when you need to draw or write something down. It's a common instrument -- one we've gotten so used to that we don't even need to think about how it works once it's between our fingers.

Photoshop's Pen Tool is a different story. You might've been surprised to see what happened the first time you used it. If it's something that you've ever found confusing or useless, then this class will steer you in the right direction.

The Pen Tool is basically an instrument for drawing polygons on a digital canvas, using anchor points to create paths and vector shapes. Those paths can be used to apply affects to specific areas of a picture, and the shapes can be drawn to create stylish vector artwork, even on top of other image layers. The Pen Tool is capable of many, many things, and we'll explore the basics of what it's good for in a series of instructional videos that you can follow along with.

This course is intended for beginners who have no experience with the Pen Tool, so anyone is welcome to join. We'll use what we've learned to turn an ordinary photograph into a fun digital project, and by the end of the class, you'll be just as comfortable with the digital tool as the real thing.

4 of 4 students recommendSee All

Great class! It opened up a lot of possibilities for me to use in photoshop! Thank you!





Brian Shepard

2D Game Artist and Illustrator.

A slightly-above-average illustrator and character designer for video games. Trying to improve my understanding of character design, storytelling, and how we culturally respond to visual cues like shape and color in everyday situations. Making an effort to help anyone else who wants to learn the same things!

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