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The Pen Tool Is Your Friend by Aeoll The Pen Tool Is Your Friend by Aeoll
I hope this comes in handy to all aspiring vector artists! :)
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Given 2008-04-24
The Pen Tool Is Your Friend by ~Aeoll is an excellent and well explained tutorial designed for those that tend to pull their hair out whilst learning how to handle this tool.With a combination of light hearted and easy instructions I am sure this tutorial will help many. ( Featured by znow-white )
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PoeticJustice314 Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2009
Hi,

I linked to this page in my tutorial's description, just for deviants' reference. You can find it here: [link]

Thanks! Great tutorial by the way!
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reese-the-wolf Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
omg ur awesome for this!! >w< i loooveee it, now i finally understand the pen tool lol >w<
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BlahMan179 Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
OMFG, THAT'S WHY MY LINES DON'T COME OUT RIGHT!!!!

Thanks a lot dude, faved!
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death-by-spoon Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2009
I have been trying to figure out the pen tool for about 3 years. It has always mystified me and made me frustrated with failure.
But you, sir, have given me hope.
Thank you so much for this!!!
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HoboJoy Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2009
This is absolutely helpful! Thanks!
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Sotopha Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2009
thank you! that was interesting and helpgul
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KAMLOTTON Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
this tut is amazing :D
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StormyHotWolf88 Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2009  Professional Filmographer
Thanks a lot for this, I've been avoiding the pen tool forever X3 this makes it less scary!
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ryobase Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Very useful, thanks!
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Lajnuzz Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2009
+fav!
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calebwye Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2009  Student General Artist
finally! some one to explain the pen tool! yes, it's one of the hardest things to use in photoshop, but it's also the best! i'm just kinds starting to figure this out. thank you so much.
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BenLavelle Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2009
Beautifully explained :)
I struggle for hours and often consider self-harming when pentooling to try and get the mixture of sharp corners and curves - you saved me a lot of time, effort, hair and sanity!!
Thanks very much, and some beautiful work.

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If i knew how to do the cool '+fav' icon i would.
This is being faved!!
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PRamagai Featured By Owner May 25, 2009
Thanks this is the best
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x-DeCoYx Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2009   Interface Designer
Extremely helpful, thanks a lot. I already favorited it :)
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enigmatico Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2009
Very useful, now a lot of things about the pen tool are clear... Thanks!
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:iconloam:
Loam Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2009
this is gold *drool*

Thanks a lot for sharing :)
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roasted-freedom Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2009
ooooohhhhhh....thanks sooo much :)
I will def learn from this :d
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photoshop-stock Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
I think is more like my enemy. And I HATE that I cant draw vector. so thanks for the tut
!!!
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TacheonBlack Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2009
This is exactly what I needed, thanks! :+fav:
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akira12ger Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2009  Professional Photographer
i always hated photoshop for its crappy vectors. but now ill give it a try :)
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:iconthe-loiterer:
The-Loiterer Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2009
Very useful, thanks!
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Meru-sensei Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2009
yeah, very good explanation
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maz2390 Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Just what I have been looking for, thank you!
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TearsofKyrra Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2008
*hugs the pen tool* FRIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIEND!! ^^ Nice tutorial for people new to imaging software.
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Interllect Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2008
yes this helped loads thanx :)
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kidcvs Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2008  Professional Interface Designer
niu b
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bluesakuradragon Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2008
phoar this is helpful thanks alot! :D
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ewaldb Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2008
You missed the alt button tbh. Nice tutorial for beginners, I wish there was something like this when I first touched photoshop :P.
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Wandal012 Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
u are the Master i was looking for this very long time :+fav:
Thanx mate
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richardgary1223 Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awesome tutorial... I like it! :)

Will you permit me to post it in Slightly Insane?
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LatteQueen Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2008
Thank YOU!!!
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L-AhDesign Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2008
Thank you...
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jetOr Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2008
great tut!
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Mr-Digital Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2008  Hobbyist Writer
Thanks, really great buddy...
+fav
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Draciel56 Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2008  Hobbyist Interface Designer
This is probably one of, if not, the best pen tutorial I've come across.

Covers loottts of things that I've discovered over my long journey with the pen tool and a bit more.

Thanks for taking the time to share :)
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LustDesign2008 Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2008
Very nice!!!

Thank you!! :D
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LustDesign2008 Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2008
Very nice!!!

Thank you!! :D
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sylviinho Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2008
thank you!
nice tutorial! :D
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Genesis-Orbit Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2008   Photographer
Very complexed stuff man, I might have to come back to this if I ever have a crazy pen tool idea lol.
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Aeoll Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2008
Go for it! ^^
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STEADY86 Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2008
my pen tool is not working the same, no matter what i do with it, it automatically makes a shape and fills it black! whats the problem here?
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Aeoll Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2008
You have the pen tool set to 'shape layers'. Theres a set of 3 icons to the left of the top toolbar. You should select the middle icon, which is called ';paths' :)
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STEADY86 Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2008
OOOO. i got it now, still much frustration with the tool lol. I guess alot of practice is needed
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ObligedBeef Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
wow nice tutorial thanks
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Vyrilien Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks to this, I finally understand vectoring. I always had an inkling it involved the pen tool somehow and now I can finally respect the patience vector artists must have. This is awesome :+fav:
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Pederklev Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2008
Just stopping by to give you a proper 'thank-you'.

This is what it looked like last time I tried to vector someone/myself: [link]

This time, two years later, and after practicing a lot and going through your tutorial a couple times: [link]

I'm many times better at adding fine details (most of them not showing up in the file I've uploaded). Thanks man.
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Rubix-gfx Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2008
Super duper!
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red0003 Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2008  Student
the pain tool is my friend
the pain tool is my friend
the pain tool is my friend
the pain tool is my friend
yeh yeh is my best friend
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AnimatedSuStenida Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Very nice tutorial. I have a question: If i want to make the line of the pen tool larger, how can I do it?

Thanks :hug:
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farty161 Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2008
i have always wondered what that little bugger do. thanks loads! the tutorial is very easy to follow and yes, you make it so easy!
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