The Pen Tool is one of the most advanced and accurate ways to make selections in Adobe Photoshop. Because of this, it can also be one of the most intimidating and frustrating features. I often find myself doing everything I can to avoid having to use it... but then the image never ends up looking it's best and it's back to the drawing board. For those looking to master this powerful feature, like myself, check out these two entertaining new training methods!
Just last week Phlearn released a great video detailing the easy path (no pun intended) on how to use the pen tool, and as Aaron says in the video, "all it takes is a little practice and a lot of selecting!" and you too can me making picture perfect selections!
Now while watching the video, Aaron will make it look easy, so most beginners to the pen tool could get frustrated when trying to follow along for the first time. That's why i'm sharing the second awesome discovery of the week! The Bezier Game! Part of a series of games, tools, and articles created by Method Act, meant for designers and yet incredibly powerful & useful for the fist time Pen-Tooler!
This Bezier-game, (http://bezier.method.ac/) will start out with a series of "tutorial" paths and then brings you on to some pretty challenging shapes to make your way through, beginning with what looks like a VW Beetle (screengrab in the gallery)! For those of you looking to step up your Photoshop-Fu, these should be your go-to tools until you can make selections and paths like a boss!
If you've got any other awesome training tips for mastering the Pen Tool, or any other in photoshop, let me know in the comments!
Someone did send me another awesome resource for the pen tool!