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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Alex Cooke is a Cleveland-based portrait, events, and landscape photographer. He holds an M.S. in Applied Mathematics and a doctorate in Music Composition. He is also an avid equestrian.

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