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Lesson 9. Basic Pen Tool Techniques > Combining two curved segments at a sharp ...

Combining two curved segments at a sharp angle

One of the more challenging combinations is two curved paths that come together in a corner angle. You’ll do that now and discover that it’s not so difficult after all.

1.
Use the File Browser or choose File > Open to open the Combo.psd file in the Lessons/Lesson09 folder.

2.
Select the Pen tool ().

3.
Drag up from point A to the red dot; then drag from point B downward to the red dot below it.

At point B, you must create a corner point to change the direction of the next curve.

4.
Alt-click (Windows) or Option-click (Mac OS) point B to set a corner point.

Notice that the pointer icon includes a small caret arrow when you hold down the Alt or Option key.

5.
Again holding down Alt or Option, drag up from point B to its red dot, to add a direction line. The new line will affect the direction of the curve you’ll draw next, when you add another anchor point.

6.
Drag down from point C to the red dot to complete the path. End the path using one of the methods you’ve learned.


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