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Adobe Creative Suite 6 Design and Web Premium All-in-One For Dummies by Fred Gerantabee, Christopher Smith, Jennifer Smith

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Chapter 5: Using the Photoshop Pen Tool

In This Chapter

check.png Putting shape layers to work

check.png Working with a path as a selection

check.png Creating clipping paths

The Pen tool is the ultimate method to make precise selections. You can also use it to create vector shapes and clipping paths (silhouettes). In this chapter, you see how to take advantage of this super multitasking tool. This chapter also shows you how to apply paths made with the Pen tool as shapes, selections, and clipping paths. If you’re interested in the fundamental principles of creating paths with the Pen tool in Illustrator, check out Book III, Chapter 5, where we cover the Pen tool in more detail.

We recommend that you use the Pen tool as much as you can to truly master its capabilities. If you don’t use it regularly, it will seem awkward, though it gets easier! Knowing how to effectively use the Pen tool puts you a grade above the average Photoshop user, and the quality of your selections will show it. Read Chapter 9 of this minibook to find out how to use the Pen tool, and look in Chapter 7 to find out how to create layer masks and adjustment layers.

Using Shape Layers

When you start creating with the Pen tool, Photoshop automatically, ...

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