The pen tool is one of Photoshop’s incredibly effective tools. But it can also be difficult to understand and master, at least from the outset, and always seems to do something just really… weird. This short video tutorial promises to make you a pen tool master in just 5 minutes.
In this video by TutVid, we’re shown by Nate Dodson that the pen tool is not the mysterious feature we should all be afraid of.
The pen tool is used to create a path through the image you’re editing. It’s used to make very precise selections, but it doesn’t look at the actual pixels of the image. Whereas the lasso tool will wrap around pixels, the pen tool will cut straight through them.
This tutorial breaks down how to create these editable paths, how to use anchor points, tangent handles, creating smooth curves, and much more.
Once you’ve finished, you’ll see why practicing with the pen tool and investing a little time in understanding it will transform your Photoshop editing skills. The ability to create such precise selections opens doors to a plethora of possibilities.