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Courses - Photoshop 203
Description: Intermediate Photoshop
Running Time: 81 minutes
Pre-Requisites: Photoshop 202 strongly recommended
We use Photoshop 7 in this class, but the lessons are valid for just about every version of Photoshop, including Elements. The concepts are the same regardless of Photoshop version.

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 pixels.

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 today's class...

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 text.

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.



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Richard on 6/8/2008:  Photoshop 203 covers using Paths in your images. 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. We'll learn about creating paths by hand using the Pen Tools. We'll create a poster for an upcoming company softball tournament. Click here for the full outline.

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