This course covers using Paths
in your images:
- What are Paths?
- Creating Paths from Selections
- Creating Paths by Hand
- Editing Paths
- Pen Tools
- Using Paths
- Path Tool Options
We begin by learning all about
Paths, what they are, and what they're used for. We'll learn how to
make a selection and convert it to a Work Path, and vice versa.
Next, we'll learn about creating
paths by hand using the Pen Tools. You'll learn about corner
points, smooth points, path handles, bezier curves, creating a closed
path, or leaving a path open.
Next, we'll learn the different ways
to edit a path using the different pen tools, including the
freeform pen tool, how to add anchor points, delete anchor points,
convert point tool, path selection tool, and the direct selection tool.
Next you will learn how and when
to use paths. You'll learn about filling and stroking a path, vector
mask tools, the rectangle tool, rounded rectangle tool, elipse tool,
polygon tool, line tool, custom shape tool, shape layers, and fill
Next you will learn about the
different path tool options such as add to a path area, subtract
from a path area, intersect path areas, exclude overlapping path areas,
and add a shape to custom shapes palette. Here I've created a custom
shape called "facing crescents" which I could use as a pre-defined shape
in new images.
Finally, we'll put together
everything we've learned to make a special poster for a softball
tournament. We'll learn about the Gradient Tool to make a blue
background. This screen-shot doesn't do it justice because the image is
compressed for the web:
We'll make a custom shape that
looks like a baseball diamond using the path techniques from
We'll make more custom shapes that
look like softballs. Then we'll add a star with background glow
to the sky. Again, these are low-res screen captures. The final product
actually looks much better than this:
We've added custom text to our images
in previous classes, but today I'm going to show you how to warp the
Then I'm going to show you how you
can actually convert your text to a path and then edit the path
anchors to create custom text for your image. Great for things like
posters or corporate logos.
This is a great class if you want to
learn how to manipulate paths, use the pen tools, and have greater
control over your images.