Questions tagged [pen-tool]

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

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Ps: How to get Appearance params for a path created using the Pen Tool?

I want to create shapes using Photoshop's Pen Tool, and then adjust their fill and stroke colors... possibly even their stroke widths. (I know, my demands are outlandish. "What do you think this ...
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Preapply Multiple Strokes to the Pen and Brush Tool in Illustrator consistently

I'm trying to accelerate a certain workflow when drawing with the Pen and Brush Tools in Illustrator. Lately I've been using multiple strokes on paths drawn with the pen tool and it works wonders, so ...
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Change Subpath Behavior in Photoshop

When using the pen tool sometimes the path operations change from "exclude overlapping shapes" to "combine shapes". Is there a way to change the subpath's operation from combine to ...
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Multi select and delete anchor points on a vector shape - Illustrator CC

Im trying to select multiple anchor points to delete on this shape. But when I go to delete the anchor points the shape turns to below? Any speculation on why this would be happening? If I delete each ...
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Bezier pen tool problem

I already have the bezier tool taking different forms, for example, when I draw a straight line, sometimes it doesn't change the width, I can't zoom in or out, then after I finish the line, sometimes ...
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Photoshop: Is it possible to create a path from the 'centre point' of a selection, rather than outline?

I have simple shapes, wirelines from 3ds Max, that I wish to create a path from. In photoshop, if I select the alpha and create a path from selection, the path is created on the outer edges of the ...
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Can I control path miters in Photoshop?

I am trying to draw some hair. But the shape layer acts weird in photoshop. Why does it become so pointy? How can I make it look natural Like I can adjust the limit in AI, is there any way I can do ...
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How to (non-cryptographically) sign a document in GIMP with blue ink? (pdf, signature, stamp, pencil)

How can I sign a document only using GIMP such that it looks like it was printed to actual paper, signed with a blue ballpoint pen, and then scanned again. I was sent an important document and, for ...
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Remove small things from pen tool [duplicate]

Sorry for not being able to phrase it correctly, but I drew a cube, and there are some parts overriding some lines and I was wondering how to remove/delete them? Here is a picture to better describe ...
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Photoshop: How to create a shapes whose anchor points overlap with those of others?

Using Photoshop (and not Illustrator, which I don't have), I would like to get the same result as the one requested in this question: How can I add shapes to anchor points in illustrator? Basically, ...
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Invert photoshop pen pressure?

This question has been already asked, but it's seven years old. Can it be done with now days photoshop? Or is there a workaround that involves photoshop? I mean about the pen pressure curvature. When ...
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How to divide line under outlined text in Illustrator. Leaving the line intact between letters

From time to time I would like to add a line between letters in Adobe Illustrator. This is for production purposes. The fastest way, in this example, would be to use the ellipse tool, and have the ...
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Convert anchor point tool doesn't work the same as Illustrator? Photoshop CC

I noticed the pen tool behaves a little differently in photoshop than it does in illustrator. I've created a curve and then an anchor point but then I want to have a straight path after that. I am ...
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Can I make text on a path with a shadow more controllable?

I am wanting to create a 3 dimensional block text effect but also have text on a curved path. So far I have tried creating text on a path then going to Transform Each and duplicating the text multiple ...
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Best way to create these abstract shapes (in Ai / Ps)

Note that I'm not referring to the shiny / chrome look, just the actual shapes themselves. It's hard to even find the words to describe them — I'd say tangled-looking / tribal-esque shapes. I can't ...
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Pen Tool: Can the angle or length of the handle be constrained while the other attribute is manipulated?

When using the pen-tool in Adobe Illustrator, I often wish that to keep the same angle on the handle but adjust the the length, or vice versa and keep the same length while adjusting the angle. This ...
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Best method to illustrate random shapes using the shapebuilder tool? Illustrator CC

So I traced a series of shapes to give the impression of grocceries in a trolley. I first used the pen tool making intersecting lines and then using the shapebuilder tool filled with colour and ...
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Shapebuilder tool creating too many anchor points illustrator CC

I've used the shape builder tool to slice off the edge of some lines using a background shape as a guide. The background shape however now has lots of anchor points from where the lines intersected. ...
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Trouble manipulating path ends in Photoshop

I can't understand why when I manipulate the handle on the last anchor point of my path, it does not affect the curve of the path segment, whereas if I manipulate the handle on the first anchor point, ...
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Curve line without middle anchor point? Illustrator CS6

I am following along with a tutorial and I noticed the lady hits shift+C on the pen tool path, hovers it in the middle of the path and it curves the path upwards symmetrically. I doesn't look like ...
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Anchor point of path created on pen tool doesn't show in Photoshop

I’m having an issue with using the Pen tool in Photoshop and I’m wondering if you can help me out? When I’m using the Pen tool to create a path around an object the anchor points are not visible…until ...
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How to get perfect spaces on both sides

I got the following design of the logo made with the pen tool. I want to make the highlighted space perfect between each so it is symmetrical. How can I achieve that?
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Rounded corner design not showing in png

I am working on the logo when I save it as a PNG, it shows sharp edges whereas it has curved corners. Attached is an image of how it looks in illustrator vs. how is it as PNG. Why the PNG has sharp ...
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Rounding sharp pen tool corner illustrator CS6

I am following a tutorial and I have rounded a sharp corner made by the pen tool with effect>stylize>round corners. I am using this option as the direct selection round corner option is not ...
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How to make smooth curve from end path using pen tool in illustrator

I am trying to draw a duck sketch in illustrator, I opened my file from last night and wanted to continue draw from the the highlighted point. Its taking it as corner point whereas I am looking for ...
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Activating path selection automatically in PS

Is there some way to make Photoshop to activate the selection automatically when the path is closed? In GIMP I would make a closed path, hit enter and the selection would immediately be activated with ...
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How to join two lines created by curvature pen tool

I am trying to use curvature pen tool to draw shapes, but unable to draw further lines on this shape with curvature tool. how to join curvature pen tool line with another pen tool line in illustrator??...
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How to drag opposite direction points of an anchor point simultaneously in photoshop cc?

I have an anchor point B selected on a shape created with pen tool as shown in the image Given that 2*AB = BC. Now, whatever pen tool I use to drag C or A, it only changes BC or AB, not both of them. ...
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Illustrator Pen Tool: Outline doesn't match stroke

When I draw a simple curve with the pen tool, even if I have made each previous point a "corner" point, I get this result. The red curve is the actual pen tool path and the black is the ...
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Affinity Designer: Fill space without closed nodes

I have done this using Designer Persona. However, I can't see how I could colour the space between the curves that are not enclosed without having to re-do the shape and enclose it. In the second ...
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Is there more than one method of creating a curve with the pen tool?

I've noticed in some tutorials that when using the pen tool to create curves it is - click and drag and then clicking to another point and the curve is made. I find myself clicking on one point first ...
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Quickest Way to Outline Image In Illustrator or Photoshop

Basically I'm wondering if there are any shortcuts when it comes to outlining an image in either Photoshop or Illustrator, with a lined result. I'd like to avoid taking the Pen tool all the way around ...
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Using eraser tool to split up an object along the path created with the pen tool?

Where the pink line is (path drawn with a pen tool) is where I want the light blue object to be split up. I am using the eraser tool to do this but using the shift key to cut straight only allows for ...
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Direct Select Anchor Point and Continue Path

Good day, I'm having a spot of trouble with Illustrator CS6, and I hope you all can help. I cannot seem to Direct Select an endpoint on a deselected/inactive path, switch to Pen, and then continue the ...
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Can I match the corners WITHOUT expanding the path. Almost impossible, any creative cheeky way to do it?

Like adding extra anchor points, custom arrowheads etc... I don't know how to google this problem.
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Photoshop: using the Pen tool for straight lines

When I use my pen tool I can add a curve lines, but I am unable to get a straight line after that. In illustrator I just click the anchor point after the curve to then go straight, but on my windows ...
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What is the best method of cutting out different "sections" out of a human body vector

I am designing an app in which patients can click on a part of their body they have injured. The image above is an old, raster image that I won't be using, but hopefully gives an idea of what I want ...
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How to make perfect/smooth selection

As I was trying to change the colour of the t-shirt for my mockup, I ran into this problem. I know that first you have to cut and put the shirt into a seperate layer and the model will have an empty ...
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How do I get rid of small kinks on path in Illustrator?

I am trying to draw a snake on Illustrator and I want it to have smooth and rounded edges, but I am struggling to achieve that perfectly with the pen tool. I have included a close up to illustrate ...
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If I'm using the pen tool in Photoshop to create a long, curved, line, is it possible to find the length of the line?

I have a map on Photoshop that I'm drawing a path on using the brush tool (with the spacing on the brush settings at 164% to make the lines dotted, if that matters at all.) I'd like to find out what ...
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Illustrator Pen Tool does not work and switches to a pencil with circle

I locked a layer. Afterwards, I can't use the pen tool because the cursor switches to a pencil and a circle with a line through it. I designed a fashion piece using illustrator and locked the layer ...
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round corner controller is not working in adobe illustrator

I am using a pen tool to draw a curve and I have made some sharp corners so that I can round it with a round controller. But only at some point, it shows a round controller and most of the point is ...
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Can you export pen tool work path from Photoshop to After Effects?

Is it possible to export a pen tool work path from Adobe Photoshop to Adobe After Effects? I know it's possible to export work paths to Illustrator but I just couldn't find a way to export it to ...
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Illustrator copy point

I am following instructions from a class, but the instructions seem to be very outdated. The instructions call to select the top point, and alt-drag that point to create branching "fingers". When I ...
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Replicate path curve illustrator

Is there a way to replicate the curve of one side of the path to the other? I want to make it symmetrical or do I use smart guides somehow to snap it to the same curve as the other side?
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Illustrator: Gaps in path stroke when I fill leaf shape with a color

So I used the pen tool to create this leaf. When I fill it, these 'gaps' appear where the strokes should be. How do I fix this? (I'm really new to illustrator) Thank you
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Only one direction handle on corner point?

I've been trying to find tutorials to help me understand direction handles in relation to corner points. The screenshot below shows a corner point and direction handle but it is only on one side? I ...
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Append scratch segment/curve on path

While building paths on Photoshop, to append the next curve/segment, one can either click the canvas or click the canvas while holding Alt. Holding Alt will prevent curve based on the existing path. ...
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Creating a fill on grouped paths using paint bucket tool

I am trying to use the live paint bucket tool on this skirt. I have grouped the whole skirt together and all the paths are closed but it isn't creating a fill.
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Stroke disappears when I hit command + J?

I am trying to join two paths together but when I hit command + J the stroke disappears?
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