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Is learning the pen tool necessary?

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Old 01-14-2008, 12:51 PM
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Re: Is learning the pen tool necessary?

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I should have phrased my question as, "Is learning the pen tool necessary *for retouching*"?
YES it is necessary, but if this is just a hobby then do whatever it takes to get your required result...
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Old 01-26-2008, 01:38 PM
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Re: Is learning the pen tool necessary?

This is my first post here so be gentle!

I would be lost without pentool skills, for me the pen tool represents far more than just another way of making a mask or selection.

I use a pentool for cutting out images that are either directly imported into a newspaper workflow and essential if they are needed with a transparent background.

For use we virtually have no choice in the matter, we are required to use it for images that breakout of a page onto the folio, we could not simply erase or mask an area, it has been tried before and the workflow doesn't work like that for us.

I have worked with Photoshop from day one and the pentool has become an easy tool to use, I would reccomend trying to get used to it as it's a good skill to master.

To me there is no comparson between the pentool and the mask or the lasso tool, the pentool is far more accurate and you if you need to use it you will be left with no other choice!

You can make a good selection from a pentool path but have you ever tried to make a path from a selection...it goes horribly wrong...
It's like using the screwdriver on a swiss army knife instead of the real deal, yes it will work but not as well as the correct tool for the job!

We do however mask images when we are building a montage etc but the pentool for me is one of the most important tools in my Photoshop box!

cheers....
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Old 01-26-2008, 03:44 PM
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Re: Is learning the pen tool necessary?

i am very intimidated by the pen tool...i just can't seem to get it even though i've tried various tutorials. I guess i just don't see why it's so special in the first place because masking seems to work perfectly fine for me. I'm sure i'll have to learn it one day but for now i'll stick to masking
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Old 01-26-2008, 04:21 PM
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Re: Is learning the pen tool necessary?

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i am very intimidated by the pen tool...i just can't seem to get it even though i've tried various tutorials. I guess i just don't see why it's so special in the first place because masking seems to work perfectly fine for me. I'm sure i'll have to learn it one day but for now i'll stick to masking
yelhsaneerg... The pen tool is just another way of making a selection in order to create a Mask. It is not a masking technique in and of itself, just another way to get there. Use what you are comfortable with.
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Old 01-26-2008, 04:44 PM
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Re: Is learning the pen tool necessary?

well, I am also going through the same chapter of this very same book (btw fantastic book), and am thinking why a heck I didn't learn the pen tool earlier, imo it's a fantastic , and for certain jobs much faster than other ways of masking.
I guess we all have our own preferences.
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Old 01-26-2008, 09:14 PM
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Re: Is learning the pen tool necessary?

Some people also resist using layers and masks. They are not that hard to learn and benefit the user a great deal. Using the PS bible, these topics just came up and were pretty easy to understand.
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Old 01-28-2011, 05:12 PM
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On each new point use the Alt Key (make it a habit) the Pen tool becomes your friend and very quick



[QUOTE=JMB;178717]If you allow me to express my thoughts, my friend, I would say: "YES! TOTALLY NECESSARY!"

If you want precise selection, go for pen tool. Lasso, quick mask, yes, they're all cool but not really so precise. Paths can be saved and loaded. Anchor points can be added or removed. "Editable" is the key word.

You don't really need to read a whole chapter to learn how to use it, just a little bit of pratice. =D
Isn't really difficult to learn pen tool. What you really need to know is that you can hold Alt key to "kill" the direction of an anchor point (difficult to explain in english... try it and you'll see) and hold Ctrl key to move an anchor point.[/QUOTE]
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