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Getting started

You’ll start the lesson by viewing a copy of the finished image that you’ll create. Then, you’ll open a series of template files that guide you through the process of creating straight paths, curved paths, and paths that are a combination of both. In addition, you’ll learn how to add points to a path, how to subtract points from a path, and how to convert a straight line to a curve and vice versa. After you’ve practiced drawing and editing paths using the templates, you’ll open an image of a toy space ship and get more practice in making selections using the Pen tool.

Start Adobe Photoshop, holding down Ctrl+Alt+Shift (Windows) or Command+Option+Shift (Mac OS) to restore the default preferences. (See “Restoring default preferences” on page 4.)

As messages appear, select Yes to confirm that you want to reset preferences, No to defer setting up your color monitor, and Close to close the Welcome Screen.

On the tool options bar, select the File Browser button () to open the File Browser.

In the File Browser Folders palette, go to the Lessons/Lesson09 folder and then select the 09End.psd file in the thumbnails pane so that it appears in the Preview palette.

The 09End file represents the finished state of the flying-saucer image, which you’ll begin working on when you reach “Using paths with artwork” on page 322, after you finish practicing on the drawing templates. (If you are already skilled at drawing vector graphics in other programs, such as Adobe Illustrator, you can skim through the first part of this lesson to note the locations of the Photoshop tools and settings, and then start working on the flying-saucer exercise.)

Double-click the Straight.psd thumbnail to open it in Photoshop.

If desired, select the Zoom tool (), and click or drag over the image to magnify the view.



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