Drawing curved paths

Curved paths are created by clicking and dragging. The first time you click and drag, you set a starting point for the curved path and also determine the direction of the curve. As you continue to drag, a curved path is drawn between the previous point and the current point.

When you drag the pen tool, Photoshop draws direction lines and direction points from the anchor point. You can use these direction lines and points to adjust the shape and direction of the curve. You'll edit paths using the direction lines and direction points after you practice drawing curved paths.

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Like unpainted paths, direction lines and points do not print when you print your artwork because they are vector objects that contain no pixels.

1 Choose File > Open, and open the file Curves.psd from the Lessons/Lesson09 folder.

3 Drag the pen tool pointer, starting at point A and stopping at the red dot above it at the tip of the directional line. When you release the mouse button, an anchor point appears at point A and two direction lines extend above and below the anchor point.

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Note: If you make a mistake while you're drawing, choose Edit > Undo New Anchor Point to undo the last point you drew, and try again.

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If you hold down Shift as you click and drag, you constrain the slope of the directional line to 45° increments.

5 Complete the curved path by dragging from point C to its red dot and from point D to its red dot. End the path using one of the methods you learned.

Now you'll save the temporary work path so that you don't lose its contents.

6 Double-click the Work Path in the Paths palette to open the Save Path dialog box. In Name, type Curve 1, and then click OK.

The named path is selected in the Paths palette.

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