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Chapter 4. Introducing Web and Graphics ... > Vector tools: Shape, Pen, and Path S...

Vector tools: Shape, Pen, and Path Selection tools

Photoshop has a few vector graphics tools — and these can be tricky to use, so we recommend experimenting with them until you feel comfortable using them. Here are the highlights:

  • Shape tool: Draw shapes such as rectangles and ellipses. To use it, just select the tool, and then click and drag in the work area. The Shape tool has an option that allows you to draw a variety of preset shapes, see Figure 4-15 .

    Figure 4-15: Using the Shape tool.

  • Pen tool: Draw lines, curves, and shapes. With the Pen tool, you click in the work area to create points; after you've created all your points, Photoshop connects them to create a shape.

  • Path Selection tools: Edit paths — the lines in a vector graphic — that you have created.


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