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Chapter 6. Using the Pen Tools > Paths, as in Those Things in Illustrator and C...

Paths, as in Those Things in Illustrator and CorelDRAW

In recent versions of Photoshop, Adobe Systems has beefed up the vector tool part because vector graphics and pixel-based images are two entirely different types of computer graphics. You will almost never confuse vector artwork with bitmaps, but through Photoshop, you can take the best properties of both kinds of graphics and meld them into very special bitmap images.

An Introduction to Vector Tools Before You Use Them

I found that with my own tutelage, it was better to know what a tool did by (gasp!) reading the manual instead of getting down to work and drowning in sludge—a result of driving before taking the car out of Park, as it were. Adobe documents the Photoshop tools very well in its owner's manual, but here we're going to show you the relationship between the tools. We explain how to best use the tools (including the shortcuts and the motions you'll use to design stuff). We also show you which tools are superflous most of the time. Illustrator users have an advantage here because Photoshop's Pen tool group is almost exactly like Illustrator's Pen set.


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