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The Photoshop® CS Book for Digital Photographers by Scott Kelby

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Precise Selections Using the Pen Tool

Of all the selection tools in Photoshop, this is probably the single-most important one, and if you get good at it, it makes your life so much easier, because you’ll be spending a lot of time making precise selections and no tool does it better. This tutorial is aimed at photographers who haven’t really worked with the pen before, so if you’re a pro with the pen, you can skip this, and I won’t take any offense. Okay, I might be a little hurt, but I’ll get over it. In time.

Step One.
In this example, we’re going to put a path around the door, turn the path into a selection, and then drag the door onto a different background. Start by getting the Pen tool from the Toolbox. Click it once at a starting point ...

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