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Old 03-13-2005, 06:08 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I need some help. I am working on Chapter 8 of Kevin Ames book " photoshop CS, the art of photographing women". Page 154, step 1 says to use the pen tool to draw a path around a models head. I can't figure out how to draw curves with the pen tool, It will only go in straight lines for me. Please tell me the process for drawing curves with the pen tool.
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Old 03-13-2005, 06:59 PM   #2 (permalink)
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The way you do curves with the pen tool is to Click Hold and Drag your mouse,Stylus whatever your using. the ALT key is your friend when it comes to the pen tool..because you will want to change Curve directions...you will see handles apear when you Click hold and drag..once you have your Curve and need to change Direction...go to the Center POINT between the two handles and ALT click...then you can continue on to your next curve...takes practice..but I wont select anyother way....except hair of course.
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There is a free transform option there to avoid the straight lines,, my mind is currently shot. WOrst case scenario, use the add path point option and curve them as need be. Or if you want, send me the image i will path it for you in two seconds
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Not a lot of straight lines in these guys (stuff I usually path)

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Old 03-14-2005, 12:46 PM   #4 (permalink)
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sounds like you should have read the photoshop book 1st [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/wink.gif[/img]
Don's post will get ya headed working it right
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Old 03-16-2005, 02:28 AM   #5 (permalink)
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I did read the book. It still confuses me. I will try Don's technique tommorow. I Just got my new canon 20D so I have been out taking pictures and have not had time to play on the computer. With practice, I'll get it. Thanks.
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ya gotta play with it so you get use to it
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I'm with Don on this, best way to select edges there is. It takes a lot of practice to be efficient and it can be kind of frustrating while you learn but once you've got it, you will have one of Photoshop's best tools in your pocket.

Play with it. Zoom way in. Use the space bar (hand tool) to move the image as you work.

Ctrl-click the work path in the Paths palette to make it a selection.

Try clicking and dragging and, while you're still moving the handle, press and hold the Alt key to fix the trailing handle while still moving the leading handle.

If you go back and move handles on other points you can go back to drawing your path by clicking on the endpoint; you'll know it's right on the endpoint when the cursor shows a little circle with a slash through it beside the arrow.

If you drop your path you can reselect it by holding the Ctrl key down and click-dragging over it.

I usually have my left ring finger on the control key to change to the selection arrow and my left index finger on the Alt key to work with the control points (handles). I also keep my left thumb on the space bar to activate the hand tool so I can easily move around the image.

In the image below everything except the hair was selected with the path tool and colorized, took about an hour.

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Wow, you guys are awsome, Thanks so much for all the great help. I've been pre occupied the last two days trying to profile my new Epson 2200 and my monitor. Got the hang downloading RAW files with my new 20D, now I would like to be able to print some of the pictures. What a headache, But I'm not giving up. Tommorow UPS delivers my Alien Bees lights and stuff that I ordered. Looking foward to being able to post some of my pictures here. Again...Thanks for all the help.
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2200 is a great printer, I'm on my 2nd one. You using bulk feed inks?

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Old 03-18-2005, 03:25 PM   #10 (permalink)
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Chip, No bulk feed ink yet. I want to get everything calibrated first. I am going to buy the Monaco EZcolor optix bundle today. My prints are a little too dark. I have a new 19 in Dell Ultra sharp monitor so before I go any further in debt I want to calibrate the whole system. The bulk feed is next on my list.
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