How to Use the Pen Tool in Photoshop

If you are new to Photoshop, the Pen Tool can be a bit difficult to master. Nevertheless, it is a tremendously useful tool, and it is well worth taking the time to learn how to use it. This helpful tutorial will show you how to get started with it.

Coming to you from Photoshop Dad, this great video tutorial will show you the ins and outs of the Pen Tool in Photoshop. The Pen Tool is highly useful for making ultra-precise selections, but it is not a particularly intuitive function, and if you have tried to learn it on your own, you might have become a bit frustrated by the process. Nonetheless, once you master it, you'll likely find it highly useful, particularly when you are working with complex objects. What makes the Pen Tool so useful is that the paths are totally editable, so even if you mess up or need to change something later, it's not hard to do so. If you're still having trouble or could use some more practice, check out the Bézier Game, which will give you free practice with the Pen Tool. Check out the video above for the full rundown. 

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William Howell's picture

The pen tool is the most difficult tool to learn to use, well it was for me. But it is essential to learn to use it, particularly if you’re doing composite or changing the color of something.
Now I’m a subscriber to Karl Taylor Education and Lynda.com. I first learnt to use the pen tool from Deke McClelland and it is similar Photoshop Dad’s technique and it works.
Then just the other day I learnt a different method to using the pen tool, a much better way, in my opinion. An instructor on Karl Taylor education, Viktor Fejes, shows this technique, where all you do is lay down the points, in a straight line. Then you use the bezier adjustment handles to position the points into place. This method is super precise and faster. The method he uses is so simple, that it is complicated, because we have learnt the traditional way. The method he uses doesn’t require you to curve anything at the beginning of the point placement.