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How to use teh pen tool by NCH85 How to use teh pen tool by NCH85
A quite Wordful tutorial i did on how to use the pen tool, learn and master the pen tool for those who dont have tablet and pwn those who have. :P
theres really quite a mouthful of text, but they really explain clearly, (I hope) on how to utilize the Pen tool powerz.

enjoy the tut.
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:icondragonpheonix1:
dragonpheonix1 Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
How to change pixels in 2.2?
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Scara161 Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Stroke path doesn't work. It won't let me click on it. I don't understand.
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wolfsjourney Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2012  Professional General Artist
I have read a good many tutorials on the pen tool and you make it make sense in literally .02 seconds. Kudos to you. I own a tablet, but I still can't quite get those pesky lines right. I did all of my lineart in GIMP for a long time because I have thought very poorly of the pen tool... This totally works! Thank you! :hug: :highfive: :handshake:
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NlGHTWOLF Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
great tut thanx :D
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:iconcisken1:
Cisken1 Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for finally showing me how this damn thing works!

(btw I am using a tablet, but sometimes this tool comes is sooo handy!)
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:iconfuzzy-ren:
fuzzy-ren Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thanks for the stuff!! *added to fave~*
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:iconbloodbendinggirl:
bloodbendinggirl Featured By Owner May 21, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
OMG OMG OMG! :dance: Thank you for posting this!!! :D I just started using Photoshop and I could not for the life of me find a tutorial for how to ink drawings.
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:iconrevolutionboi:
RevolutionBoi Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2009
been looking for this....

Got pretty good at using this skill =)
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:icondiannehh:
Diannehh Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much 4 making this!
Finally I know how to use it!
And this is a tut that u can understand and take every step :clap::worship:
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:icondiannehh:
Diannehh Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much 4 making this! Now I finally know how it works:clap::worship:
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:iconnsta:
Nsta Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2009
i never knew the manipulating anchor points.
thanks!!!!!!!!!!!!
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shotgunrocketship Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2009
ugh yes tyty
now i don't have to use the line tool rofl
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:iconneruteru:
neruteru Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thankyou very much! ITS REALLY HELPFUL!!!
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DasChocolate Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
I love the pen tool!
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ZoneZero1 Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
foshizzle this is good but it won't let me use stroke path
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Ku-is-evil-fear-her Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2009  Student General Artist
great tutorial, but how do you do this with a Tablet?
i just got one for christmas and i totally suck at it lol, i need to practice a little more to get the hang of it.

thanks!
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haleycakes Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2008
Eeek for a second i thought i had a cheap Tablet but i have a Wacom lmfao shocker @_@
:]] Well AWESOME tutorial! Very helpful!
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3oOoD Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2008
woOow Thank you...
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Sapphira-DoG Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2008
Omg I have a queston I am hoping SOMEONE can answer :(

Everytime I use the pen tool, it adds a vector mask :o I don't know why it started this or what I pressed to get this to start happening, but I need to know how to stop it :(

Can you help?
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pineappleicecream Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
great tut! but i hate my PSCS2, coz evrytime on step four, the "stroke path" bit wnt allow me to click on it! :( help plz!
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Penguiun Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2008
gj on this! thanks :D
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:iconkrizziekurisaki:
krizziekurisaki Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2008  Hobbyist
oh yeah... sorry about this -feels stupid- what exactly does CG mean anyway...?
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krizziekurisaki Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2008  Hobbyist
I just use one stroke whenever I use the simulate pressure brush... but the way you did it did make me think. ^^;

Hehe... I'll try it out in the very next picture. Wii~!!! TENCHU!!!
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iseesomethings Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2008
HWAAA!!thankyou69x!!!!>.<
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SasuNaru-Capughe Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2008
ZOMG!!! THANK YOU SO MUCH! D:D

The pen tool has boggled my mind for years and now it's secrets are revealed to me!

If you're wondering why its been bugging me for YEARS its because the first time I used photoshop I couldn't figure out how to draw lines so I used a different program xD Recently I started fiddling with CS3 and I figured out how to make lines with the pen tool, but I didn't know how to ink it xD

Thnx again! I can now take my art to a whole new level muahahaha!
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royov Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2007
aww i don't understand how to use the brush on the path... can someone help me plz?
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:iconalienstarburst:
Alienstarburst Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2007
Thanks I'm also one of those people without a tablet. I hope to get more use out of it.
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:icondiana-truong:
diana-truong Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2007
i've never understood a pen tutorial as well as this one.
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clownshadow Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2007
Thanks for the pen tool info. I'm a beginner in Photoshop and its really helped me out
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Algirdyz Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2007
omg this is wat i was looking for. i had no idea how to do this shyt. ive read a couple of tuts and didnt find any which will teach me. and after i found this one i became more powerfull in ps xD
tyvvvvvm
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xoxSquidd Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2007
what photoshop do you use??
i have a really crappy version... =[
but this is very cool =D
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:iconclayscence:
clayscence Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
thanks so much! this tutorial is awesome
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:iconprimae:
PrimaE Featured By Owner May 13, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks, ALOT! This really helped me!
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SlayersBlade Featured By Owner May 11, 2007
Really great tutorial! ^^ Stuck on step four though, lol, when I right click the 'stroke path' is grey and I can't get to it D: *obsessively tries to figure it out* XDDDD
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alfrid Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2007
This is a really helpful tutorial. I even dont know the ctrl function other than the alt function which is hard to make a corner.
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FlyingRam Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
Very useful. Well done.
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CatiProjectC Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2007  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
this can be used for adobe photoshop as well right?
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SilverLynxCat Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2007  Student General Artist
I have a tablet, (not rubbing it in anyone's face! -shifty look-)
But that damn pen tool has been a pain, I wanna try this out even if I do have a wacom tablet, looks fun, and my lineart sucks even with the pen.
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gryphonflight Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2006
i'm going to have to remember this...where am i? WHO am i?
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kageru-hinoryu Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2006
Um, one question
BAH I AM AN IDIOT
But why is Stroke Path grayed out for me? I can't use it. :?
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Feanicks Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2006   Digital Artist
Wow. This is so helpful >_< Now my art is going to pwn xD When I find the time.
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MyDoom111 Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2006
Very helpful tutorial!
Easy to understand and well laid out.
Thank you!

oh, and for anyone trying to color their sketches:
[link]
Another awsome tutorial.
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Zigatsii Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2006
Yes thank you!!! Finally a tutorial that I understand Everything was so clearly explained and you made it so much more easier to understand...which is kinda like me saying the same thing twice oh well XD :o Thank you soo much! mwa-ha-ha *goes off to draw stuff with pen tool* :heart:
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xXxWhIsPeRxXx Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2006
this helps me lots!!! =D :hug:

*:+fav:s* ^^
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Souls-0f-Art Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2006
Umm.. I get lost around step 4 ^^;
I drag the anchor but when I right click to click on stroke path. It's not an option.

I'll show you what I mean.
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Sorry if it's small, but you can tell that the words stroke path are the faded and light words. Meaning, you can't click on it. So what did I do wrong? :confused:
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kagomedemon Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2006
i have a question, i have the photoshop elements, but i don't see the pen tool anywhere. if u can't help me, then do say so, i have a tablet anyway : p
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Asumi-san Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2006
I have too questions what is"Hotkeys?" and how come when ever i try to make that curve i always end up having a flat line stil on the bottom? Sorry im very slow with these things
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tyoogoha92 Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2006
soo helpful!!!!
its realy difficoult to find a tutorial for mous users!!!
and this one was great!!
im going to try it out when i gett photoshop(again=S)
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Tramie Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2006
Someone help! :P I'm using GIMP and everything is working fine... except for that stimulate pressure!! I can't find that thing anywhere, and so all my lines are coming out all rough. -_-;
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Kansheera Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2006
Very useful, but I have a problem... The line only covers the center of the path for me, so I end up with a big clump in the middle and non-existant lining on the ends... How do I do the line actually blend out but not to nothingness, like yours? o.o
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