How to Use the Photoshop Pen Tool – Photoshop Beginner Tutorial

Written by Rokaiya Yeasmin Munni on December 2, 2013. Posted in Tutorial


Learning how to use the Pen Tool in Photoshop is a great place to start when it comes to exploring the capabilities and potential of the software.

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1. The Basics

The Pen Tool has three main settings: Create a new work path, create a new shape layer, and fill pixels. Starting with “create new work path” is a good idea, as this is the most commonly used option for the Photoshop Pen Tool.

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2. Using a New Work Path

Now you have selected the “create a new work path” option from the path palate, select the “add to path area”.

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3. Pen Tool

Once the new work path has been selected, take the Pen Tool from tool bar and click on a blank canvas. You will notice that each click assigns anchor points. You can create a straight line between these points by holding shift when you click.

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4. Delete Anchor Point Tool

You can remove anchor points if necessary by right-clicking on the Pen Tool icon and selecting the “Delete Anchor Point Tool”.

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5. Add Anchor Point Tool

You can also add more points by right-clicking on the Pen Tool icon and selecting the “Add Anchor Point Tool”.

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6. Convert Point Tool

This option can be used to alter the properties of connecting lines and moving anchor points around. Once selected, click on one of your anchor points and hold and drag – you will notice that it affects the curve of the line.

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7. Moving Anchor Points

With the Convert Point Tool active, you can also alter the location of anchor points. Simply hold down “crtl” while clicking on the anchor point and drag – you can now move the anchor point around.

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8. The Tangent Line

The Tangent Line appears when you enable the Convert Point Tool for the Photoshop Pen Tool. This allows you to control the curvature of your lines. You can create very sharp angles by simply clicking on one of the ends of the Tangent Line and dragging the mouse. You’ll notice the curve you created previously will bend sharply depending where you and how far you drag.

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9. Moving the Whole Path

Finally, you can manipulate the whole path you have created by selecting the Path Selection Tool using the toolbar. This will allow you to drag the whole path to a new location.

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Do you want to practice the pen tool to create a clipping path for a product image? Just read another tutorial on how to make a clipping path using pen tool to get the desired image part. Or click here to see details about clipping path.

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Rokaiya Yeasmin Munni

Graphic Designer, SEO Specialist and Deputy Manager (Marketing Division) at Outsource Experts Ltd which is the mother company of Clipping Path India. Find more about me on Google+ | Twitter | Facebook | Linkedin | Pinterest | Youtube

Comments (10)

  • Nazmul Islam Sujan
    December 11, 2013 at 10:37 am |

    This is a great post for beginner about using pen tool. Since the handling of pen tool is more hard then to operate another job in Photoshop. So it will help to new user.

  • abul basher azad
    March 11, 2014 at 7:25 am |

    Thanks for the vry useful techniques for photoshop for clipping path. I have learned that.

  • Ramesh hindi
    March 17, 2014 at 10:03 am |

    First of all i would like to thank Rokaiya Yeasmin Munni for creating a superb post . It helps to newbie those who learning Photoshop and also clipping path . I think pen tool is the hardest tool ever in Photoshop but after reading your post any one can use pen tool .
    Thank you

    • March 22, 2014 at 4:12 am |

      Thank you very much Ramesh for your nice comment! It is inspiring me to create next tutorial for every Photoshop learner.

  • antar112
    March 19, 2014 at 2:15 am |

    The most beginner must find out this post to learn how to use such pen tool in Photoshop. I will try to make this. Thank you

  • Chandro Roy
    March 23, 2014 at 4:04 am |

    Great post, thank for the post and sharing with us. it is really nice and useful.I appreciate your post.

  • Gary
    April 2, 2014 at 11:20 pm |

    Really helpful! thanks for sharing

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