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How to use the Photoshop Pen tool

Photoshop CC is the creative weapon of choice for many designers. Its Pen and Brush tools are some of the most powerful, user-friendly aspects of the program. In this Photoshop tutorial, we’ll focus on the Pen tool (there’s a separate article with tips on how to use Photoshop’s Brush tool). 

The Pen tool is a simple selection feature that enables you to fill, stroke or make selections from whatever you draw. It’s one of the core tools you need to master before you start exploring more advanced features or getting into Photoshop plugins. In this article, we’ll provide some pointers on how to use the Pen tool, and give advice for getting the best from it.

Fill a path

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Select the Pen tool using the shortcut P. To make a selection, click two points to create a line between them, and drag a point to create a curved line. Use Alt/opt-drag your lines to change them. Ctrl/right-click your path in the Paths tab on the right, and then choose Fill Path to create a shape from it.

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Change the Contents to either Foreground or Background, depending on the colour swatch you wish to use. Use Content Aware if you wish to fill with pixels from the rest of the image.

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