How to Use Pen Tool in Photoshop – Complete Guide

How to Use Pen Tool in Photoshop – Complete Guide

In this 42nd tutorial, we are going to learn about the Pen Tool. This is one of the most powerful tools in Adobe Photoshop for drawing straight line segments, curves, tracing of the images, selecting and removing objects from the background and custom art work. The keyboard shortcut key for the pen tool and freeform pen tool is letter ‘P’. In the Pen Tool’s sub panel, we discussed all the pen tools with real life examples:

1) Pen tool itself

2) Freeform Pen tool

3) Add Anchor Point

4) Delete Anchor Point

5) Convert Point Tool

The option bar for the pen tool is the most comprehensive option bar compared to other Photoshop Tools in the tool bar. We discussed all options in detail. We also talked about shape and path modes. We talked about anchor points along with additional use of Path Selection Tool and Direct Selection Tool. We also referred back to Adobe Illustrator a couple times. We drew straight line segments and with the help of bezier handles, we made different curved shapes. The use of pen tool is very productive for freelancers. Once you learn to use the pen tool, you can start working on Freelancing Projects via Upwork, Fiverr and other Freelancing Sites. In conjunction with shape tool, the Pen Tool can help us create complex shapes. We also discussed Auto Add/ Delete optiion with practical example. The pen tool’s rubber band is very interesting option. As we move the pointer between anchor points, it offers us the path preview. It does help a lot. We also talked about different keyboard shortcuts that comes in handy while working on Pen Tool Projects. This tutorial is in fact a complete guide so that you could learn how to use pen tool and how to draw with pen tool in Adobe Photoshop. As you know, Pen tool is used in Adobe Illustrator, Indesign, After Effects etc, it functions alike in all applications. Watch and learn, and you will explore more power of the pen tool for sure. Outline: How to use the Pen Tool in Photoshop? Complete Guide. How to trace an image? How to draw straight line segments? How to use pen tool to draw curves? What is rubber band? Different practical examples. How to create custom shapes with the Pen Tool? This tutorial answers all such questions. Actually, this one tut covers 7 tools i.e. Pen Tool, Freeform Pen Tool, Add Anchor Point, Delete Anchor Point , Convert Point Tool, Path Selection Tool and Direct Selection Tool.

The keyboard shortcut key for All the tools is letter ‘P’.

How to Use Sponge Tool in Photoshop

How to Use Sponge Tool in Photoshop

In this 41st tutorial, we are going to learn about Sponge Tool. This is one of the most basic and powerful tools in Adobe Photoshop for saturating or desaturating an image, part of an image or selected area. Basically, in the retouching industry, the Burn tool ,the Dodge tool and the Sponge tool can work hand in hand. Each tool has its own options that we can choose from the option bar. The use of Sponge Tool is fairly simple. It has two painting modes with a special option i.e. Vibrance. The keyboard shortcut key for the Sponge tool is letter’O’. This tool can be in the Dodge Tool sub panel. When Sponge tool is selected, we can right click and change the brush size, tip etc. We also discussed how flow works with both modes : 1) Saturate Mode, and 2) Desaturate Mode The one liner is: 1) Dodge is for lightening 2) Burn is for Darkening, and 3) Sponge Tool is for Saturation or vice versa. Vibrance is sort of protection against clipping. At times, clipping may occur when we saturate or desaturate an image. By checking this option ON, we can avoid that clipping. Sponge tool also works in grey scale mode. It shifts pixels from white or black towards grey pixels. It is nondestructive, but we can always duplicate layer to carry on.

The keyboard shortcut key for Sponge tool is letter ‘O’.

How to Use Burn Tool in Photoshop

How to Use Burn Tool in Photoshop

In this 40th tutorial, we are going to learn about Burn Tool. This is one of the most basic and powerful tools in Adobe Photoshop for retouching and darkening pixels as per exposure and range values selected from the option bar. Basically, in the retouching industry, the Burn tool and the Dodge tool work in conjunction. Both tools lighten or darken areas of the image. As Adobe Help states “these tools are based on a traditional darkroom technique for regulating exposure on specific areas of a print. Photographers hold back light to lighten an area on the print (dodging) or increase the exposure to darken areas on a print (burning). The more you paint over an area with the Dodge or Burn tool, the lighter or darker it becomes.” The keyboard shortcut key for the Burn tool is letter’O’. When burn tool is selected, we can right click and change the brush size, tip etc. We also discussed three modes of range: 1) Highlights – the lighter areas of the image 2) Midtones – in between highlights and shadows – the mid range 3) Shadows – the darker areas of the image In the option bar, there is a powerful option called ‘Protect Tones’. It helps in protecting tones and getting rid of clipping of the highlights and shadows. We can also specify exposure range. Exposure is a well known term in Photography. We have over exposed and low exposure images. When an image is over exposed, we call it a blown out image. Likewise, the low exposure means the image has less defined pixels on the brighter scale. The use of Burn tool is very straight forward. All we need is to drag over the part of the image where we want to improve darker pixels or to darken lighter areas of the image.

The keyboard shortcut key for Burn tool is letter ‘O’.

How to Use Dodge Tool in Photoshop

How to Use Dodge Tool in Photoshop

In this 39th tutorial, we are going to learn about Dodge Tool. This is one of the most basic and powerful tools in Adobe Photoshop for retouching and lightening pixels as per exposure and range values selected from the option bar. Basically, in the retouching industry, the Dodge tool and the Burn tool work in conjunction. Both tools lighten or darken areas of the image. As Adobe Help states “these tools are based on a traditional darkroom technique for regulating exposure on specific areas of a print. Photographers hold back light to lighten an area on the print (dodging) or increase the exposure to darken areas on a print (burning). The more you paint over an area with the Dodge or Burn tool, the lighter or darker it becomes.” The keyboard shortcut key for the dodge tool is letter’O’. When dodge tool is selected, we can right click and change the brush size, tip etc. We also discussed three modes of range: 1) Highlights – the lighter areas of the image 2) Midtones – in between highlights and shadows – the mid range 3) Shadows – the darker areas of the image In the option bar, there is a powerful option called ‘Protect Tones’. It helps in protecting tones and getting rid of clipping of the highlights and shadows. We can also specify exposure range. Exposure is a well known term in Photography. We have over exposed and low exposure images. When an image is over exposed, we call it a blown out image. Likewise, the low exposure means the image has less defined pixels on the brighter scale. The use of dodge tool is very straightforward. All we need is to drag over the part of the image where we want to improve lighter pixels.

The keyboard shortcut key for Dodge tool is letter ‘O’.

How to Use Smudge Tool in Photoshop

How to Use Smudge Tool in Photoshop

In this 38th tutorial, we are going to learn about Smudge Tool. This is one of the most basic tools in Adobe Photoshop for simulating pixels on a Photoshop Layer or document. With the Finger Painting option checked, we can drag our mouse as we drag our finger in the wet paint in real life. The Smudge Tool can be used with the help of selective blend modes as per the strength level chosen in the option bar. As it functions same as the brush tool does, therefore, we can increase or decrease brush size, change brush tip, and alter brush presets. Smudging the pixels mean we shift the pixels and expand them . Foreground Color is applied to each beginning stroke when the finger painting option is checked ;otherwise, it picks up the color from the area we start smudging from. We can also select Sample All Layer and work on new layer non destructively.

How to Use Sharpen Tool in Photoshop

How to Use Sharpen Tool in Photoshop

In this 37th tutorial, we are going to learn about Sharpen Tool. This is one of the most basic tools in Adobe Photoshop for sharpening pixels to have a better look and feel. Like Blur and other Brush Tools, Sharpen tool has options to adjust brush size, angle, blending modes and strength percentage. Sharpen tool enhances the edges. We can also protect detail before sharpening. This tool is also used in retouching projects. The use of sharpen tool is very much like other tools in which we use brush-like options. We can sharpen the whole image, the selected part of the image or in case of masks, we can hide or reveal sharpening effect accordingly.

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