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    I've installed the plugin and I'm now able to conjure up the pen tool. I'll start experimenting with it tonight.

    @buffylover: with the plugin I can now do tracking too!

    Quote Originally Posted by Priceless View Post
    Which tool did you use instead of The Pen Tool? Is there another tool that does a similar thing, that you prefer? I'm very new to Photoshop and I know nothing!
    What I normally do is copy the layer I want to cut something from, add a layer in a contrasting colour below it, and then use the eraser (in combination with selection tools) to remove the background.

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    Thanks Double Dutchess, I'll give that a try too, just to see the difference and which feels easier to me

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    Just one word of warning: I think using the eraser will not work that well if you have to control it using the mouse. It will be less comfortable and less precise. I should have mentioned that I do this using my drawing tablet.

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    Pen tool also can create shapes and silhouettes.

    I have been working on this banner set for a long time. It's a video game called "Fallout 76" and I'm loving the environment and sounding also the atmosphere.

    I wanted to try and capture a sense of illustrative and vibrant vibe because the game does that really well. Connecting to the colour scheme of the game.

    It's my character.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Double Dutchess View Post
    Just one word of warning: I think using the eraser will not work that well if you have to control it using the mouse. It will be less comfortable and less precise. I should have mentioned that I do this using my drawing tablet.
    Thank you DD. I work on a computer with a mouse, so I will still try the eraser with full knowledge that it might not go too well

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    Okay, this is a bit of a weird graphic by me. It's mildly inspired on those cheesy promo's tv shows had in the past. But it's nothing more than that.



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    resources: Daydreaming, PNGarts, Zugma, TL, Krakograff & Poison Drop.

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    I found this little neat tutorial we could try out. {here}

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    Wow that tutorial is really great. Arrgh I wish I didn't struggle so much for time at the moment. That combined with the fact everything takes me an age to do means I probably won't get to try this as well as doing the piece for Cordelia I have in mind. I haven't even successfully found all my shots yet, though I've tried. If I get the chance I'll try this, but I'm not hopeful that I will. I hope some of you can.

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    Yes, I'm going to try this out because I find it really distinctive and very illustrative.

    Stoney, I really hope you get the chance to start your Cordelia piece. If you need any help with the screencaps I'm always happy to help.

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    That's really thoughtful of you buffylover and is very much appreciated. It is just finding what I want at the moment and scooting through episodes to get inspiration. I may well shout out if I'm having problems when I finally have a better idea of what I'm trying to get.

    Really looking forward to seeing what you do with that tutorial, it looked like a lovely effect to achieve.

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    That tutorial looks really nice! What I'm not 100% clear on though is why it requires use of the pen tool. Why not use the brushes directly?

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    I'm guessing, if you create the line with the pen tool you can adjust the curve and tweak/pull it around more readily than any changes you would do having created a brush line (but that might just be proving that I don't know the flexibility of brushes well ).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stoney View Post
    I'm guessing, if you create the line with the pen tool you can adjust the curve and tweak/pull it around more readily than any changes you would do having created a brush line (but that might just be proving that I don't know the flexibility of brushes well ).
    I don't think you can do that with brushes* so that might well be it.

    *Not that my knowledge about them is superior to yours; we could certainly both be wrong.

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    While I didn't follow the tutorial buffylover posted, it did inspire me to draw with the tool.



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    I created all the shapes with the pen tool and after that I used a brush to smudge it. I've also used a brush for some small things like her lashes.


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    Resources: Zugma, Planets Bend Between Us, Evenstarss & AaronGriffinart for the brush.

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    Here's the result of my first attempt at using the pen tool. I used it to cut out both Illyrias and to create a path for the text (thanks to Priceless for the idea). I also wanted to use it to cut out the octopus, but since it was on a black background it was much more efficient to just use the selection tool for that.

    I have to say, I struggled a lot with the pen tool and still haven't quite got the hang of it. I messed up quite a lot, in particular with the smaller Illyria figure. (I added the stroke to camouflage the parts where the selection was not accurate ) I used the eraser to cut out the "holes" in Illyrias hair and didn't even try to use the pen tool for that. I expect that with practice, working with the pen tool will get easier and more intuitive, but right now it's not a contender for replacing my regular method for making cutouts.




    Full-size version here.

    Credits: Illyria screencaps by me. Octopus photo by Brian Gratwicke.

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