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This little tutorial explains or rather tries to explain how to extract an image from itís back ground using the pen tool. Please bear in mind that this is not Hollywood and there was no script. This little movie was created more or less on the fly with very little thought before hand as to how I should do it.

I hope some one gets some use out of it,

To view this movie at its best possible resolution please click here

Please have a great day,

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toxicsoil Featured By Owner May 22, 2011   Digital Artist
OMG you are full of folk wisdom. Everything I need to know, no bs. Thanks.
nicth10 Featured By Owner May 16, 2011
best tutorial sir.. more tutorials plssssssssssssssss...
I wanna try this now.............but i have to wait till i go home!!!! T_T WHY CANT I HAVE MY WACOM AT SCHOOL????!!!!! (thats what i color with lol but if i use my mouse i know the line would be messy so i normally do coloring on my Wacom....i want to color now!!! T_T ) :crash:
TheNerdYouAllLove Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2010
thank you SO much!!!! this helped me a bunch with this picture i've kinda owed my friend since march ^^;
reallybigducks Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2010  Student General Artist
This is great. ^^

I still am having problems. I set my anchor point, and I drag the path out, but how do I make it curve? I'm still confused and just got photoshop today. ^^ Thanks
BarryKiddPhotography Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2010  Professional Photographer
push your mouse up or down as you drag left or right.
reallybigducks Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2010  Student General Artist
Thank you! ^^
yhandz Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2010
do you have these tutorial on youtube? i want to download this
BarryKiddPhotography Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2010  Professional Photographer
No I don't. This is the only place I have it. Can however right click on the little download icon to the left and choose save as or perhaps save link as depending on the browser you are using.

The file type is swf
nuhverah Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
OMG, so helpful!Thank you so much!:heart:
Kokako Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2010   Traditional Artist
PoeticJustice314 Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2009

I linked to this page in my tutorial's description, just for deviants' reference. You can find it here: [link]

Thanks! Great tutorial by the way!
honey-lemon-clouds Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2009
*flail* THANK YOU!

Maybe I was reading the wrong pen tool tutorials, but I read about a dozen of them and NONE of the mentioned alt-clicking! I tried and tried and tried and kept getting these funky lines and it was driving me NUTS!

You have my eternal gratefulness for this tutorial!
BarryKiddPhotography Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2009  Professional Photographer
First off thank you for the comment.

As with many simple techniques this tutorial doesn't explain every thing.

Alt-clicking is needed when changing direction. =If the curve is smooth and continues like the apple in the tutorial it really isn't needed but I don't get into all if that because like many things we need to walk before we can run and Alt-Clicking will give the best results for someone just starting out.

Make since?

Thank you once more and please have a wonderful day,

honey-lemon-clouds Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2009
Totally makes sense. I was reading tutorials on how to do line art with the pen tool, because that's more or less what I want to use it for, but every time I went to change direction, I got wacky lines LOL None of them had mentioned alt-clicking, so I'm *so* grateful that you did!
smoochypooprincess Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2009
Thanks so much!! My boyfriend has tried explaining the pen tool to me and given me tutorials, but I never quite understood, helps a lot, thanks!!!
akusma Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is really handy! It's simple and what most people need. It has some really nice hints and tips that most people skip or ignore. And it's nice and slow so you can watch it and leanr from it and it doesn't go at 4 miles a minute!
loupo Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2008
Fabulous, thank you so much. The pen tool is one of those which I've skipped over so many times because I made those exact beginner mistakes you mentioned. This is a great video to get me over those fears. Thank you!
BarryKiddPhotography Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2008  Professional Photographer
Good deal. I'm glad it helped someone out.

Happy day.
bluefox117 Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2008  Student Digital Artist
your tutorial helped me a lot thanks!!^^
Echo89 Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2008
you rock, thanks for the great tutorial. i've been struggling with the pen tool for months cause i'm too noob lol. thanks again!
rabbit1215 Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2008
best pen tool tut, i learned how to use it thanks to you
noir-badger Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
oh nevermind! I missed the part at the start about selecting paths instead of shapes... silly me. :D
noir-badger Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
This is really great :) (I know i've said it before but i'll say it again.) My only problem is, when I'm selecting, it starts to fill the selection with the foreground colour and I don't know why it's doing that. Any ideas?
Ather1337 Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2008  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thanks!, Man This tutorial is awesome!
noir-badger Featured By Owner May 23, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
That was amazing! I've never known how to use the pen tool and it's always really frustrated me to the max. This tutorial was so informative and helpful! I now know how to use the pen tool properly :D Thanks again!
BarryKiddPhotography Featured By Owner May 25, 2008  Professional Photographer
I'm glad that it helped out a bit. I'm sorry that the sound is so bad. A lot of the older movies like this one have really bad audio. I have considered redoing some of them but so far I just haven't done so.

Anyway thank you so much for the comment and please have a great day,

aabigaill Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2008
this was great!:) a little long! aha!
but really helped! thanks!
dracori Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2008
This is the best tutorial I've seen so far. I use PSP9 for lineart, but I figured this tutorial would work just as well for PSP, and it did. Worked like a charm.

I was going crazy trying to figure out how to use the pen tool. For so long I've just been using the straight line pen tool and just followed along the sketchy lines of my lineart, and it really made my lineart look shaky and very unsmooth. And I've looked at COUNTLESS tutorials that explained how to use it and none of them have helped. But your tutorial helped me get the hang of it in less than five minutes, so thank you!
Mistic-Gohan Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2008  Hobbyist Artist
Nice tut :D
viralsanctity Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2008
I finally get the pen tool!
Many thanks. :]
Animatronica Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2008
Y'all bitches now know how to use the pen tool. No excuses accepted! :P

Thanks for posting this, I've been trying to explain how to use the pen tool to my friends, and I thought, why not check Lucky13's gallery? And well you know the rest, I found one there :XD:

Dude, you're awesome. Keep up the awesome work! :)
TonyaB Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2008
Thank you for this tutoria;. I'm currently trying to make the switch from Paint Shop Pro to Photoshop and the Pen tool was SO confusing to me! Now I understand it a little better, and how to use it thanks! :)
Kanda88 Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I do a lot with paths and I saw a lot of tutorials about paths but yours is like the best I've ever seen :) it really explains how the path works
pure07ecstacy Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2008
OMG thank you so much! Before I watched your video I new nothing about the Pen Tool and now I really understand it and I love this tool.
Jiro-Himiyashi Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2008
Wow! You are a life saver! I was looking at some other tutorials and they got me started but i couldnt work out the weird funny shapes! And you explained it Soooo well! and all those other neat tricks!

Thanks A LOT!
RandomComics Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2007
Thank yo for posting the vid.!
Demented3 Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2007
karumira Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2007
Very nice. I thoroughly enjoyed that.
DevilBringer Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2007  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Great tutorial! Thanks! Now i finally understand how to use this nice little tool... I owe you one! :handshake:
Xalit Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2007  Student Digital Artist
Oh man, I've been trying to figure out how to get the pen tool thing down for the longest time! This tutorial helped out so much. Thanks a lot.
shan-i Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2007
I think I love you. Thank you SO much for posting this. All day, I've been stumped with the damned pen tool and it was going all crazy on me. I tried various tutorials on dA and I still couldn't understand 'anchors' and ';points' but with your video, it was super easy! Thanks again so much! Now I geeeet it.
confuzed614 Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2007
Thank you so much! Actually the pen tool confused me, I couldn't figure out how to use it, but now it looks pretty easy and I can't believe I didn't think of holding the mouse down ^^;

But yes thank you so much and I'll keep this in mind for future reference/others

thanks again =]
Niteforce Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2007
Nice Tut! That helps a ton! Appreciate the time to do this for us! Thanks!
Niteforce Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2007
Nice Tut! That helps a TON!! Thank you!!
korked Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2007
Thank you so much for the "alt-click" tip, I would have never find this feature xD I kept on doing the vectors then stroking the path to continue ._.; I mean, I knew there must have been another way (easier) to do it, but.. xD Gah, thanks ^_^
hulkdaddyg Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2007  Professional General Artist
astroworks Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2007   Digital Artist
thanks sir! it helps me a lot!!!

saitsuharu Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2007
The pen tool looks awesome ans useful, but I've only photoshop elements 3.0. Is there a similar tool in this program ?
phoenixmaster Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2007
this is amazing. thank you :)
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