How to use Photoshop pen tool – beginner tutorial

The pen tool is one of the first tools in Photoshop that anyone starting out gets to learn about. It is simple and easy to use tool that takes a short period of time to get used to.
To get started, we must select the pen tool. To do this, we can either press [P] or select it from the tools window. There are 4 types of pen tools that you can choose from.
1. The standard Pen Tool
The standard pen tool, similar to the curvature pen tool, also allows you to draw curved and straight paths.
standard Pen tool

After having selected the tool, click on the point you want the path to start and then click on a second point. A straight line will have appeared between the points. To create curves, click on an anchor point with the pen tool. While having clicked on the pen tool, two lines connected to the anchor will appear and by dragging those lines around, you can create a curvature in the line. Doing this on both the anchor points of the line segment, you can create a variety of curved shapes.

2. The Curvature Pen Tool
This tool lets you draw curved and straight lines and also allows you to create custom paths.
To start, first, select the curvature pen tool. First, click on a point with the curvature pen tool to select the first anchor point. Release the mouse button and click on a second position to create a second anchor point. Having done so will create a straight line. Clicking on a third point will create a third anchor point but this time if the mouse is dragged without releasing the click, then the lines will curve accordingly. Release the click and repeat the process to acquire the shapes you want.
curvature pen tool

3. The Freeform Pen Tool
This tool allows you to draw on Photoshop as if you were using a pen to draw on paper. Simply select the point you want to start and drag to continue. To get a simpler path with fewer anchor points, click the inverted arrow in the options bar (beside the shape button) and assign a value towards 10 in a range between 0.5 and 10.
Freeform pen tool

Click and drag from an unfinished path to continue drawing the path and release the click to finish. Drag the mouse whilst clicking to the first anchor point to create a closed path.

4. The Magnetic Pen Tool

This tool is somewhat of an extension of the freeform pen tool which allows you to create a path that automatically takes the shape of a predefined area in the image you are editing. To get to the Magnetic Pen tool (the magnetic part means it snaps to well-defined edges to help you draw accurate paths around objects), you have to start by choosing the Freeform Pen tool from the Toolbox.
Select the magnetic pen tool from the options bar to enter a value in between 1 and 256 to set the distance of the edge from the cursor which is detected.
Chose a contrast value between 1 and 100 to establish how much contrast between pixels is needed for the section to be considered an edge. A larger value is preferred for images with low contrast.

After these, click on the image to start. The first click sets the first fastening point. Keep drawing a freehand path by dragging the cursor along the edges you want and you will see that the path snaps onto the most prominent edge after the last fastening point.
To add a fastening point manually, click once on the image and press Delete to remove the very last fastening point.
Whilst the magnetic pen tool is selected, press Alt and drag to switch to freehand pen tool momentarily, alt and click to draw straight lines and press [ or ] key to decrease or increase the Magnetic pen width by one pixel.
To finish an open path, press enters, double click to close the path with a magnetic part or press all and double clock to close the path with a straight part.
Magnetic Pen tool

Here we will show you a tutorial on the standard Pen Tool. Please check out the link below.

Pen tool Tutorial

Using Image Masking For Getting Nice Images

Image masking, a must-know for the designer. Whether you’re creating designs for print, web or just fancy artwork it’s expected that you will be faced with the task of removing a subject from its background in a photograph. One of the most important Photoshop skills you need as a Designer is the ability to clip out images of various detail using masks or selections.

Image Masking

Image Masking

When you want to separate a portion of an image from the rest of a photo and the edges are not well-defined, generally, you use a technique that is called Image Masking. Image Masking is created by graphic designers of varying skill levels using a variety of graphics software.
Adobe Photoshop software is used for Image Masking Service, but you should be able to follow along with other software too. Using Photoshop to put an image inside the text. It necessitates a clipping mask, which is easy to make once you know how. Image Masking is useful for Clipping out solid objects like the product shots. Masking subjects that don’t have a good bond against their background and images with good contrast between the subject and background. Perfect for clipping out hair
Mainly focused on using clipping masks with pixel-based layers, but another general use for them is with type. Particularly, they can be used to easily place a photo inside of text!
When your knocked-out images are combined with one or more other images, this is called a composite. Get tools and techniques for separating objects in your photos and combining multiple images into realistic composites. There are various basic and advanced techniques you should have in your arsenal, which will allow you to attempt any Image Masking situation that comes to way. You should have the various basic and advanced techniques in your store, which will allow you to attempt any Image Masking situation that comes to way.
Type layers in Photoshop are different from pixel-based layers in that there are no actual transparent areas on a Type layer. The type itself simply becomes the layer’s contents. When we use a clipping mask with a Type layer, any part of the image on the layer above that sits directly over top of the text remains visible in the document, as areas of the image that fall outside the text are hidden.

There are different types of Image Masking. These are-
• Erase Masking
• Channel Masking
• Alpha Masking
• Transparent Masking
• Feather Masking
We will show here the first two types of masking. Please check out the videos below.
1. Erase masking: Erase Masking Tutorial
2. Channel Masking: Channel Masking Tutorial
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Image retouching using Clone stamp tool

The clone stamp tool is one of the most useful tools in Photoshop’s arsenal and so it is one of the most used. It is used for retouching and as the name suggests, the tool clones one area of an image and stamps it onto another area. Images are made up of multiples pixels and what the clone stamp does is basically replicates an area of pixels and pastes it over the part of the image you want to retouch. Since the tool replicates pixels, it is almost never noticeable that an image has been retouched.
First, select the clone stamp tool by going to window>tools and then select the stamp tool.

Clone stamp tool

You can change the brush settings (Brush size, shape, opacity, flow, and blending modes) from the bar at the top of the screen according to your needs but to have the tool replicate the pixels exactly then leave the settings as default.

clone stamp tool Opacity

Clone stamp tool flow

Now, to select the area you want to clone, place your cursor over the desired area and press alt+click (windows) or option+click (mac). This will create a point that moves along with your cursor. Now start clicking over the areas which you want to cover up and you will see that the selected point moves along with the cursor and the masking look seamless.
Be sure to change the point which clones the area as required by again pressing alt+click or option+click and also the brush settings. If done properly, the masking will look as though it was the original image all along!

Image retouch

Image retouch


Please check out the video for a better understanding.
Clone Stump Tutorial

Drop Shadow Tutorial

Today’s tutorial is on how you can add realistic shadows to objects in just a few simple steps. Let’s dive in!!

Isolate Object

This is the first step. Isolate the targeted object by using the ‘pen tool’. If you are not familiar with this yet, please check this tutorial: photoshop-pen-tool-beginner-tutorial

If you want to add a drop shadow to a text:
Select the Horizontal Type tool from the sidebar or press ‘T’. Write your desired text and then right-click on the text layer in the layer window and click ‘Rasterize Type’. This will put the text on a layer with a transparent background

If you want to add the drop shadow on an object:
You must first separate the object from the background. If the background is transparent then you can skip this step otherwise please read our article on how to make a clipping path and copy the object on a new layer.
Creating the Drop Shadow
Now that you have your desired text or object on a separate layer, it’s time to create the shadow.
For newbies, the Drop shadow dialog box is a good starting place. Double click on the layer with the object and the layer styles window should pop up. Select the drop shadow on the options on the left of the window and then mess around with the settings beside.

Shadow box

Blend mode:
This is the option that specifies how your drop shadow blends into the layer behind it. A good choice to use would be the linear burn or the multiply option so that the drop shadow darkens that bit of area on the layer behind it. But do go through all the options so that you find the best blend mode that suits your image. Blend mode is also the place where you get to choose your drop shadows color. Click the black box beside the pulldown option bar to select a color.
     

Opacity:
This setting specifies how opaque or transparent your drop shadow is. Move the slider back and forth to find the right amount your image needs. 100% is fully opaque and 0% is fully transparent.
   

Angle:
This option allows you to change the position of the light source and thus the position of your drop shadow. Change the position of the spinner or the change the value of the angle in the box to change the position of the shadow. It is recommended that you check the “use global light” option so that the position of the light sources on all other effects used (such as bevel and others) and so will produce a coherent image at the end.

Distance:
Here, moving the slider allows you to change the apparent distance between the object and the background.

Final

Spread:
The spread option controls how much the edges of the drop shadows fade off. Usually for normal shadows, keep spread to 0% but if you require harder shadows then start pushing the slider towards 100 and see where your shadows fit perfectly.

Size:
At 0, the size of your shadow is the same as the size of your object. Pushing the slider towards the right increases the size of your shadow in 1-pixel increment. This option is also a great tool to control the softness of the shadow.

Contour:
Contour allows you to control how the shadow fades off. Change the curve profiles to see which effect looks fitting. This option is only really useful if you need to make special glows so that the shadow falls in a unique shape or for abstract effects.
The “anti-aliased” checkbox, if checked, allows for a higher quality shadow falloff but at a drop in performance, but this drop is barely noticeable so it is recommended to keep the box checked.

 

Noise:
noise is basically the amount of textural roughness. Moving the slider away from 0 will increase
the roughness or noise in the shadow and add texture

Make default/ Reset to default:
The make default button will save the current settings on the effect as the default setting and the reset to default button will revert all the settings to the previously saved settings. This gives you the freedom to experiment without having to worry about losing your previous configuration
After messing around with all the settings, click on OK on the top right corner and you have yourself a drop shadow!!

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Product Shadow

Text Shadow