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Manip Tips + Tricks: Pen Tool by kuschelirmel-stock Manip Tips + Tricks: Pen Tool by kuschelirmel-stock
One of the many ways of cutting an object from the background is the often-feared pen tool. This tutorial is supposed to show you how to use it and what you can actually do with it.

I hope you'll find this useful. Feedback is more than welcome, as always :heart:

Show me if you use this in a deviation, too, I am always curious!

Grapes Stock can be found in my gallery

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OtterAndTerrier Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Hi! This is very useful! I want to know, though, regarding the last trick: how do you open a saved path in a jpg?
Thank you!
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kuschelirmel-stock Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
open the jpeg in photoshop, then go to the paths tab. It will be there.
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Weatherlore Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2013
Always good to get a new perspective now and then, thank you for making this.
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kuschelirmel-stock Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
you are welcome :heart:
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M10tje Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
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MachiavelliCro Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012
Hi ! Your great work featured here :[link]
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Arucane Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2012  Student Digital Artist
I shared this tutorial here [link]
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RebeccaLongArt Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2012  Student Digital Artist
:wave: This resource has been featured here at :iconmanipulatethis:
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Parallel-Skies Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2012  Student Digital Artist
How do you do it on Gimp?
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kuschelirmel-stock Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
How would I know? I use Photoshop. Sorry. You'll have to figure it out yourself.
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quackdom Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2012
Hi, I really learned a lot from this tut. I used to swear by layer masks + calligraphy/basic brushes for cutting things out. I'm still learning the pen tool, but I think it'll be a lot faster once I master it! :D It's tricky getting the path exact sometimes still. :P Thank you so much!
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kuschelirmel-stock Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:heart: very glad to hear that you were able to add something to your skill set - knowing the pen tool is certainly valiable, but in some cases the brush method you mentioned will still be able to save your day ;)
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Nolamom3507 Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2012
Thank you so much! I just cut out a lightbulb - I know, no biggie. But it's the first curved shape I've managed with the pen tool thanks to your explanation. And saved the path! Woot!
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kuschelirmel-stock Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
so glad to hear my tuts are useful :love:
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Nolamom3507 Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2012
I've been practicing a lot and am now cutting out models for my artwork. I will be eternally grateful to you for pointing me in the right direction :love:
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lrasan Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
hi, i shared this great tut here [link] ... this tut is good to share, i hope you wont mind :)
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kuschelirmel-stock Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thanks for the promo! :heart:
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FamouslyBroken Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2011  Student Artist
Thanks!
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ambercateyes Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Up until now, it's been the Lasso and/or Mask tool for me... This is one attack I may be able to utilize.

Thanks for the tut! highly appreciated! :3
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mikajomc Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2011   Digital Artist
Awesome! I have used it, but never really knew what I was doing.
I do now! Thank you!!
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kuschelirmel-stock Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
yay! :w00t:
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Yacilya Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2011
Nice!
I was always wondering what you used it for..
I've seen tutorials but they were just like "HOW TO USE THE PEN TOOL" and didn't really specify what you were supposed to do with them.
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Junne82 Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
OMG!

Thanks for share this!
I'm a begginer on photomanipulation and I was really needing
something like this!

Thanks ;D
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PJFriel Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Awesome tutorial! I'm so glad that i found you! :D
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Lupsiberg Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2010   General Artist
Thank you for sharing :bow: :iconasnowmanplz:
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marianaber Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
oh thanks again!
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bd670816 Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks for the tutorial.
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IloveMajiik Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2010
What program is this? I use Smart Scissors from fotoflxer to make my manips, but sometimes fotoflxer just wont cooperate. I have problemssaving,cutting, loading. It's annoying. Myonly other option is picnik/GIMP 2.6
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kuschelirmel-stock Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
it's Photoshop (it's also uploaded to the Photoshop subcategory of the tutorials gallery)
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IloveMajiik Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2010
Darnit :\
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DamselStock Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Great tutorial. I'll definitely try this just so I can get more practice with PS's pen tool. Currently I use Corel to extract images seeing as it is what I learned with and I am really efficient with it. I then save the image as a transparent PNG or as a PSD and import it back into PS.

Some swear by PS only, but I'm faster and more accurate with Corel.
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kuschelirmel-stock Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
hey, if it works all's great - I've tried other programmes besides PS but as I'm so accustomned to how things work there it has always been a rather frustrating experience. And a short one too ^^;
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lycanthropeful Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
When I get more time, I will certainly be giving this a more thorough read. I hate the Pen Tool no matter what program it's in, generally, but this makes using it in Photoshop a lot less scary. Thanks so much for making this! :)
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kuschelirmel-stock Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm glad this helps "take the edge off" so to speak - I'd love to see your results once you get to try it, don't hesitate to link me to the deviation (if you upload) :love:
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lycanthropeful Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
It's not a deviation here since it's just a signature for a forum I'm a part of, but I thought I'd oblige anyhow since it helped a lot. The only thing I think you could make more clear in this tutorial, now that I've used it, is how to open the window once your path is closed to "Make a Selection." It took me some guessing until I finally hit Ctrl and saw those options appear.

Anyway, it helped me out a lot on this signature (great for cutting the mascots out of their original photos and adding gradients/blurs into the background). I'll be using this method when the time comes. Thanks again! =D
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kuschelirmel-stock Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:aww: hmm, I thought I had explained the make selection thing (maybe further up?) but I can't remember correctly - I'll have a look once my coffee begins to wake up my brain ;)

and thanks for the link, spiffy!
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ShawtJyrarph363 Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2010  Student Digital Artist
Thanks for the help :)

But there's something I need help with, once I have cute my image out how do I move it about?
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animalslover Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2010
thanks soooo much!! but im confused... cuz i tried it on a horse picture... i put the path around it and everything and then i go to the part where the background turns white... but its not clear... so im confused on how i am supposed to paste the horse onto a background... please help... cuz i don't want to waste all the time i spent on making the paht for nothing
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ThiefDoD Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2010
Very useful method... I can't wait to figure it out. Is there perhaps a translation to PaintShop for those of us who prefer Corel?
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DamselStock Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
I can create a similar tutorial for PaintShop Pro if it would help. I am professional level with it and use it exclusively for many tasks such as photo extraction.
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kuschelirmel-stock Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
you'll have to do the "translating" yourself I'm afraid - I do not use PaintShop so I don't know what it can and can't do.
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DamselStock Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Would you mind if I converted this over for the PaintShop Pro users? You'd receive credit and a link to this PS version.
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kuschelirmel-stock Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
On one hand, I of course want others to be able to use this on a different programme - but on the other, I can't imagine the programmes are that different that a rewrite is needed to make it usable for those who don't use Photoshop. So, feel free to create your own tutorial about the pen tool in PSP, but I think a 1-to-1 rewrite is a waste of your time.
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DamselStock Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Oh no, it won't be a rewrite per se, it's "inspired" by yours. I've really been needing to create this tutorial for a while & now that I see someone else requesting it in your comments I'll do it.
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kuschelirmel-stock Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
if you give me a link, I'll link it up in my artist's comment :aww:
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ThiefDoD Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2010
Thanks anyway, I'm sure I can find something that shows what Photoshops options are called in PaintShop
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creativsis Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
So you use pen to cut. ohhhhhhhhhh. This was super helpful. I'll probably be rereading this quite a few more times. ;p
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kuschelirmel-stock Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:love:
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Drawder Featured By Owner May 2, 2010
I have a question... kind of unrelated to the pen tool use though. How do you make the cool looking green letters effect at the bottom?
I suck at making nice effects to text, so knowing something like that can come in handy! :)
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kuschelirmel-stock Featured By Owner May 5, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
it's the same principle as shown here [link] -- just use green instead of golden tones :aww:
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