Mastering The Pen Tool By Corey Barker

2 hr 17 min
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This course covers all aspects of using paths and shapes inside Photoshop. Everything from basic paths, vector masks, and complex selections.

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Pen Tool Introduction
Intro to Paths in Photoshop. Differences between Raster and Vector graphics.
Intro to the various pen and shape tools available in Photoshop.
Discussion of the numerous options available to these tools.
The home of all paths. This panel has more to it than meets the eye.
What is a path made of? What are its parts? How do they work?
Quick lesson of the numerous ways to create and modify paths using the various tools.
Using paths to create intricate masks that can be modified even after they are created.
Clipping paths make it possible to maintian a mask on a file that is imported into a page layout program.
Vector Masks and Layer Masks can work together on the same layer.
Shape Layers are capable of so many things.
Creating basic selections using the pen and shape tools.
Creating complex selections using the pen and shape tools.
Convert text into paths to create interesting deisgns.
Place text inside a shape and wrap the text by modifying the shape.
Using the Paths panel to apply brushes to paths.
Techniques for importing and exporting paths.
Some creatrive uses for paths and shapes.
Extra techniques on using paths for illlustrated pieces.
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Corey Barker


Corey is an education and curriculum developer for KelbyOne. He is a graduate of the Ringling School of Art & Design in Sarasota, FL, with a degree in Illustration. Over the years, Corey has worked as a graphic artist in a variety of disciplines such as illustration, commercial design, large format printing, motion graphics, web desig...

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    I just wanted to write a huge “Thank You” note for the pen tool course. The pen tool is something I’d been trying to figure out for some time but there just wasn’t enough out there to put it all together like you did. —- Yes, please post my feedback

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