The Pen Tool allows you to cut out anything in Photoshop, and it’s especially useful with objects that have hard edges. However, many photographers find it difficult to master. Aaron Nace of Phlearn guides you through this great tool in this video tutorial. If you haven’t mastered the Pen Tool yet, this video will help you learn and improve in less than eight minutes.
The pen tool is one of the most powerful tools in Photoshop’s arsenal. For making accurate selections (excluding hair, obviously), there’s little that comes close to it. For cutting out products from their background or masking hard edges, it’s an absolute lifesaver.
Now, the pen tool is about to get curvy. In this sneak peek video posted by Adobe, we see a demo of the new “Curvature Pen Tool”. Essentially, it’s a simplified version of the pen tool. It’s for those who don’t use the pen tool often enough to learn its intricacies, and those who just want to do a quick simple cut out or selection with ease.
I know there are a lot people out there who want to be better at Photoshop – heck, I’ve been doing this for almost half of my life and I want to be better! Well, I was really thinking about it and it dawned on me that more often than any other tip, I’m telling people they really should master the pen tool. It is hands down the most advanced and precise selection tool and if you boil Photoshop down to its simplest form, it’s a SELECTIVE photo editing software. So I thought to myself, “Hey self, why not really dive deep into selection tools – how to do them, when to use which one, and why they are so dang important?”