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Questions about the tool present in image editing software. The pen gives direct control over Bézier curves by allowing the direct placement of anchor points and Bézier handles.

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Pen tool in Photoshop + Adjusting Anchors + Crtl and Alt

I am working on a very large mask for some product photography. After getting my basic shapes drawn out with the pen tool, I am going back and refining my edges and making sure that my shapes are ...
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Drawing to a specific reference point, ala Sketchup

In Sketchup when making a line termination you can reference some other point by hovering over it, then when you shift-click to draw your straight line, its bottom will be aligned with the reference ...
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How do I use the pen tool for just one anchor point?

It is quite hard to explain in words so I will show screenshots of what i would like. This is a screenshot of what happens when I drag with the pen tool. This is what I would like to happen. ...
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How to draw a squiggly in Photoshop?

I'm trying to draw a squigly line exactly like the one in the picture to be used as in illustration featuring Styrofoam peanuts. I've tried the pen tool (with my amateurish skills) and I've even ...
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How to equalize any 2-point curve in illustrator

I'm in the process of building a custom logotype, drawing each character using a combination of the shapes, the pathfinder and the pen tool and I am currently crafting the 'B' character. I would like ...
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photoshop cs6-shape layers option

In Photoshop CC, the pen tool contains the shape layers option. where can i find that shape layers option in Photoshop CS6? Everytime i do shape fill, it wont allow me to subtract front shape. so, ...
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Illustrator CC - Creating a good outline

I'm having trouble finding the best way to create an outline of an object. To be more specific I have a photograph of a car and I would like to create a smooth outline of the chassis so that the ...
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In Illustrator, how do you branch off from an existing line with the pen tool?

I am just starting to try graphic design. I created a shape, and want to make a new line branching off from a point on that shape. I noticed the + sign next to the pen icon and it creates a new ...
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How do I save the name of a path in photoshop?

I now have a pen path called "working path" in the right-hand panel. How can I change the name so that I can save it?
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Link corners (draw hypotenuse) of rectangle using pen tool

I can draw rectangle using pen tool. Is there any way to draw a hypotenuse while drawing rectangle without manually doing it using line tool?
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Pen tool in Photoshop not becoming larger

How do i create a larger or smaller stroke using the pen tool in adobe photoshop?
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Stop two different paths from connecting at the same point - Illustrator

I was wondering if anybody knew how to stop two different paths from connecting when they meet at the same point in Illustrator while using the pen tool. It's quite the annoyance when they do it when ...
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Illustrator pen auto-correction on Photoshop

Illustator has a nice effect on it pencil tool : curve auto-correction. When you draw line, it automatically correct your hand, making it more neat and round. Sadly, I don't see this option on the ...
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How can I select a “section” of a path in Photoshop CS5?

I am creating a series of trees in Photoshop, using paths. My plan is to complete the first tree, and then edit the same path for the other trees. I have already created 2 trees in this manner, but ...
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Illustrator: Suddenly drawing (inside other shapes) does not work

I'm very new to illustrator CS6. I am making a logo that consists of two reflecting "C's". Inside of the C's I've been using the pen tool to draw lines inside of one of the C's to make what will look ...
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How can I use a clipping mask on a pen tool?

I used the pen tool to make a basic graphic in foreground. Then created a background using the blend tool with three different colors. source1 Then with both objects I made a clipping masks and ...
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How do I keep edged flush when tracing with the pen tool in Illustrator?

I'm just learning how to trace images with the pen tool in Illustrator -how do you trace when you have lines protruding from the whole (a line that offshoots) or when you have two objects which need ...
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Can I prevent the screen from scrolling when dragging a vector path in Illustrator?

Sometimes, when I'm drawing a vector path with the pen tool, I need to drag the line further than I have screen space, and this makes the screen scroll down, which makes me lose focus on what I'm ...
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Annoying compound path Appearance vfx inheritance behavior

When using the pathfinder to exclude overlapping shapes from another shape, the base shape will inherit the visual fx applied to the overlapping shapes. How can I prevent the "bottom" (base) shape ...
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Tracing logic behind the pen tool / bezier curve

One of the strategies I employ when using the Pen Tool in Illustrator to trace something is to use as few nodes as possible to make the curves as smooth as possible. I'm often surprised by what curve ...
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A gap between lines of joined path in illustrator

I have created a logo with pen tool in illustrator but between lines (where they intersect with each other) there is shown a gap where it gets the color of the background. Something like this: (Black ...
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Brush tool that only moves points in Illustrator?

Is there a tool similar to the warp tool but only to move points without smoothing lines? The nearest example would be the soft vertex selection tool found in 3D programs. A shape is modified within ...
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how continue a path from one point by using pen tools in illustrator?

I use pen tool to draw around of shapes in my sketch in illustrator , during drawing I do wrong and the path is closed , I want to continue from one point of this path but I don't know how do it ...
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How can I create a double helix?

I want to create intersected curved line like this , I use Pen Tool but can not get the same as this , and searched a lot for already built through google , but all I got were curve lines not like ...
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How can I create a custom shape with round edges on Photoshop CS6?

I'm trying to create a custom shape overlay in the navigation bar similar to the example below. I'm struggling with trying to create the radius around the bottom edges. I'm not too great with the ...
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Fill shape created using “Pen Tool”

I have created an Arc using Pen Tool in a new layer. I want to fill and the convert it into a shape for further manipulation. I tried "Ctrl + left click" on layer to select the stroke as well as ...
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Selecting between paths in Photoshop

I have multiple paths (not intersecting), each one of them consists of two anchor points only. Imagine a path from A to B and the second one from C to D. What I want to do is to select the space ABCD. ...
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Shortcut keys to switch between path and shape section of pen tool in Photoshop

I use pen tool a lot to create custom shapes and sometimes add a new path to the existing vector mask, but I only know to choose at the tool bar to switch between the two. Is there any quicker way to ...
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Delete path of two anchor points, but not the anchors themselves

I am trying to change the path of a two anchors. I have tried grouping the two anchors I do not want connecting together and goto Object>Path>Divide Objects Below, but nothing happens. I get the ...
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How to connect a curved line shape to other shapes using the Pen Tool

I'm trying to create a curved line with the pen tool, which I can do, but it automatically fills in the semicircle I'm trying to make. Sure, I can just set it to not fill, but when it comes times to ...
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How to Draw Perfect Curves in AI?

A perfect curve looks something like this image: When I try to draw a similar curve shape in Illustrator, I couldn't get the above effect. It's just about 85% perfect. As you see closely, there are ...
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Why aren't my anchor points snapping to guidelines?

I've been using Photoshop CS3 for quite some time in my work, but this one has really bugged me. When I have created a vector shape with the Pen tool, as I want to move those anchor points precisely ...
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How to make a series of rectangles follow a pen path

I am trying to get a series of shapes (rectangles) to follow a path (sine wave) that I made with the pen tool, but I have no clue how to do that or if it is possible. I have tried warping a ...
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Stroke a path from thick to thin

I manage to stroke a path so that the brush goes thin -> thick -> thin along a path. Thing is though that I want the stroke to go thick -> thin, meaning I want the stroke to start at its thickest and ...
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Turning Multiple Vector Paths into a Solid Object/Image

I'm having troubles trying to figure out how to make a complete object/image with NO pen tool paths or anchors etc... I have a vector tree... theres lots of completed paths/shapes but still in path ...
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Photoshop: How do I edit a path once it is closed?

I have closed a path, and it now appears in my Paths pane. However, I have no idea how to go back and bring up the anchor points again in order to edit it. Having clicked on the path itself, it simply ...
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Can I change the pressure amount of a brush line –drawn by mouse pen- after I drew it?

I am using Illustrator for doing some calligraphy, and I am not really experienced with this program. I am using a mouse pen with pressure to draw/write calligraphy. My question is: Can I change the ...
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How do I cut a hole in a vector object I've drawn with the pen tool in Paint Shop Pro 8?

On a whim, I decided to try to recreate a high resolution Paint Shop Pro 8 logo icon. The icon is a red painter's palette with a paint prush and the text "PSP 8". I traced the outline of the ...
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Disable Photoshop Elements Brush Selection with Pen and Tablet

I have a Wacom Bamboo Tablet with pen, and every time I touch the pen down, the brush selection tool pops up instead of just drawing. I don't recall having this issue in Windows 7, but I was also ...
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How do I use the pen tool to draw an open line?

In Photoshop, how does one create the below single-line zig zag effect, per the instructions? Every time I have completed a work path, it will join one end to the other, so the stroke I apply after ...
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How to draw a smooth line (small in some places, large in others) like in this image

Check the image I attached above. I need to design a different logo. But need to draw it like this one because both the logos will be placed together (they need to match). So, anyone know how to ...
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Drawing by pixel without smearing or blurring

I am going crazy trying to figure out this very simple thing. I want a drawing tool (like pen or pencil or paintbrush) that can just paint pixels directly as pixels. Thus if the size of the tip is ...
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How can I easily deselect a path after creating it in Illustrator?

I want to use the pen tool in Adobe Illustrator to make hair strands for a vexel portrait. I have to make hundreds of strands. The problem is that I would like to use the pen tool to make two anchor ...
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Illustrator pen tool edges are way too sharp

I'm trying to draw a vector diamond with a tutorial, but when I connect two anchor points the corner becomes extremely sharp. Why is that happening? Here's an example of what's happening Thanks.
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getting a curvy header perfect in photoshop

I'm trying to make a curvy header banner for a website, see here: This is one of my several attempts. As you can see, the curve is not symmetrical. What is a way that is guaranteed to get a ...
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Having Difficulties With The Pen Tool In Photoshop CS6

I just upgraded to Photoshop CS6 from CS5.5 and I'm finding most of it is fairly similar so no problems there, the only issue I have is with the pen tool which is the thing I use the most. I do a lot ...
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Is there a way to imitate a pencil or pen in illustrator?

I'm working with illustrations and I realized that it's easier to draw lines in Illustrator and combine them in Photoshop with other effects and textures. The problem is that I cannot find a way to ...