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Photoshop Shape Tool, Pen Tool, Drawing Vector Paths & Shapes

Learn to work with Photoshop's vector drawing tools--the shape tool, pen tool, shape layers, and paths--with these free online tutorials.

Path Tool Tutorial by Chris Young
Guest author Chris Young has provided this terrific introduction to the pen tool in Photoshop 6 including a tracing template to guide you through it.

Basic Shapes
Learn the basics of Photoshop as you create simple shapes.

Creating and Storing Symmetrical Shapes
"This tutorial will walk through creating a symmetrical shape, and show how to save it for later use." From Richard Lynch, author of Special Edition Using Photoshop 6.

Creating vector curves and paths in Photoshop CS4 with the pen tool
"It seems that one of the most requested and under-explained things is using the pen tool in Photoshop. The pen tool is very powerful and accurate. With a little know-how and practice, it will be your ally for the rest of your career. The pen tool creates vector curves and paths."

Follow the Vectors
Learn how to move vector objects and paths from Photoshop to Illustrator and vice-versa.

Get into Shape
This tutorial, which is written with beginners in mind, will show some of the cool ways to use the new shape tools in Photoshop version 6.

Hearts - Pen Tool Basics
An excellent exercise for learning the pen tool as you create several different styles of hearts.

How to use Photoshop's Pen Tool
"This Photoshop tutorial will show you how to use the pen tool. You will learn the basic controls of the pen tool, how use the pen tool to cut out an image, and how to make custom shapes."

Pen Tips
Find out why the pen is mightier than the lasso with these tips and tutorials on working with the pen tool and using paths in Photoshop. Tips for any version, downloadable pen tutorial for version 5.

Quick Tip: Cutting Corners in Adobe Photoshop
"A goodly number of Photoshop users out there haven't quite taken to working with paths. Photoshop has always been about raster images, and, for those without experience in illustration programs, path tools can be a little confusing."

Seeing Stars
Make star symbols as you learn about guidelines, the pen tool, editing and stroking paths, filling paths, and using transformations.

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