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How to make a simple amazing cool portrait

In this post episodes, I’d like to show you how to make a simple, but an amazing cool portrait like what I’ve told you in the previous post. Before you start to work on this one, I suggest you to read my post entitled How to Create Special Custom Brush in Photoshop before you begin with this one. Because it’s related to one another. Ok, here, I’ll be using this image:

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Ok now open your image on Photoshop, double click on your image to unlock it then make a new layer, and fill it with white and place it under the Layer zero

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Now click on your model layer and apply layer mask, and don’t forget to fill your layer mask with black color. And now it’s time to paint on our layer mask, but before we do that, now we select our brush that we have made in the previous post. You can just press B on keyboard to make it quick. If you done, please click on the icon that I mark with red square

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Here I’ll go to Brush Tip Shape, and I’ll make the spacing around 32%or you can create your own style

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Now go on Shape Dynamics. Now I’ll adjust the Minimum Diameter to 5%, keep the Angle Jitter on 100%, make the Roundness Jitter to 100%, and the Minimum Roundness to 25%. Now you can see, that our brush is changing

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And then also go to Scattering, I’m going to make it 100%, not too much but not too little. And the count is 2, and the Count Jitter is around 4%

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Then we go to Transfer, make the Opacity Jitter 10%, and Flow Jitter 9%, and make sure the Smoothing is turn on

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And we’ve done about the brushes. Now it’s time to paint on our model’s layer mask, you can make the brush bigger or smaller by pressing [ or ] on the keyboard. When you paint you model, please make sure that the face is completely visible to make it looks good.

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If you’ve done painting with your model, now I’ll go to create a new solid color layer. I’ll choose blue color

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And now change the blending mode into Exclusion

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And now I’ll create the lighting effect by creating a new blank layer, select your brush tool, and choose the regular brush, and I’ll choose the color to orange

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Paint the brush on wherever you like the light you want to be,

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Then choose the blending mode to Screen. And we’ve done.

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Isn’t that easy? Well, that’s how to create a simple amazing cool portrait on Photoshop. Check out other tutorial and also design tips and trick on my blog, and don’t forget to hit follow button on my blog to support me. Comments are very welcome. And just like as usual I’d like to remind you that please always keep in mind that “Practices makes perfect”. See you on the next post, Adios fellas.

How to Create Special Custom Brush in Photoshop

Here, I’d like to show you how to make custom brushes of your own. Basically it’s very simple indeed, but I’ll show you how to keep your brushes a little bit special that you can use later to make an amazing photo effect. This tutorial of creating brushes is linked together to the next Photoshop tutorial that I’m about to post later. So please read it carefully and try to practice it.

First thing first, like always. You have to create a new document. But here, make it square, it’s about 1200px*1200px, and then click ok.

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Now you select your brush tool by pressing B on your keyboard, it is the simplest and fastest way though. And click on the brushes option, look at my red square. Here I choose oil medium wet flow brushes, but if you want another you can choose whatever you want that you like. But here, I recommend you to use the same as mine.

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And you can draw a line on your workplace, it will look like something like this:

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But as you can see there is nothing special about this brush, it’s just looks like a common brush. So, here we go. Now you click on the little box besides beside brush option

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And then you’ll see a dialog box like this, click on Brush Tip Shape, and make sure the spacing is approximately about 23% or you can make it more or less but don’t too much or too low.

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And then you can go to Shape Dynamics, make sure that Size Jitter is about 100%, and Angle Jitter is 100% as well.

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Now, make your workplace clean, you can press ctrl+Z. and then draw your brush upon you clear workplace. You can make it bigger or smaller by pressing on bracket keys [  or  ]

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It looks fantastic, isn’t it? And now to create a brush like this, you must go to edit and click on Define Brush Preset

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And now you can name your brush whatever you want, here I named it tutorial brush, then click Ok.

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Now your brush is ready. Easy and simple, isn’t it? Okay don’t forget to follow my blog because in the next post, I’ll write a tutorial about how to make a simple amazing cool portrait using this brush. See you on the next post, adios and merci 😊

How to Make Ramadan Greeting Cards

Holy month of Ramadan is the special month for Moslem. Every Moslem in the world is looking forward for this special month. And if you’re happy about the coming of Ramadan, you might want to share your happiness with others, but also for your loved one. You may give them Ramadan greeting cards, and I’m sure, they’ll be happy to get it from you. Especially, if you make your greeting cards by your own. Here, in this special months I’ll show you how to make a simple Ramadan greeting cards. Enjoy learning 😊

First thing first, you got to download some pictures on the internet which have relation to Holy month of Ramadan such mosque picture, Calligraphy picture, or anything you love. But don’t forget to download for the base/ background as well. Here, I’ll be use these pictures:

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Basically, you may make the picture and your background on your own. But, it takes time though that’s why I advise you to download it from Google, it’s easier though. Ok, since now you have the pictures, the first thing that you should do is open the background first and make it a little blurry by click on effect – blur – Gaussian blur

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Then you select on File, choose Place Embedded and choose your picture

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Now you can place this picture wherever looks good on your background. You may change the size of the picture by pressing CTRL+T . if you’re done, press Enter. Ah here, you can see that the angle or the calligraphy is different, I changed it by clicking on Edit – Transform – Flip Horizontal

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Ok, your Ramadan greeting card background is ready. Now, is finishing. We just need to add text to it so it will become Ramadan greeting cards. Press T on your keyboard, and place it to wherever you want to put the text. Then, write your words,

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And done, your Ramadan greeting cards is ready. If you want to make your font looks more stunning just like what I did on “Wishing you….” Text, you can add some effect to it like adding shadows, glow, or you can make it textured or embossed. You just have to double click on your text layer. You may change the font as well if you don’t think that your font is good enough. Well, that’s how to create Ramadan Greeting Cards on Photoshop. Check out other tutorial and also design tips and trick on my blog, and don’t forget to hit follow button on my blog to support me. And always keep in mind that “Practices makes perfect”. See you on the next post, Adios fellas and enjoy the Holy month of Ramadan.

Mirror Effect Tutorial

In this post, I’ll show you how to make mirror effect on photoshop. Basically it is a  very simple and easy effect, not a time consuming as well . If you’re a beginner, it’s a good starter, although maybe some of you will think that it’s a bit complicated. But believe me, it’s not. So, just open your Photoshop and let’s get started 😊

Here is the image that I’ll be using on this tutorial,

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this is the picture of Alessandra Ambrosio that I took from Google.

Step 1: Open your image

Just like always, the first thing to do is to open your wanted image. Or you can use the same image as me, just download it. If you have already open your image, unlock the image so we’re free to make it whatever we want.

Step 2: Copy your image

Actually, this is not a necessary thing to do. But, it’s just in case if we screw up something. Just copy your image by press ctrl+J on your keyboard. The, rename the layer 0 to back up.

Step 3: Making a new layer

Making a new layer, and place it under your layer 0 copy. And turn off your backup layer and layer 0 copy, just like what I did down below:

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Click on paint bucket tool a and fill your layer with black color. And turn on you layer 0 copy, but keep your backup layer off because we don’t need it, yet.

Step 4: Creating stripes

First thing first, select your layer 0 copy. And then, click select marque tool

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And make a stripe, make sure you select only the parts of the hair. Then you right click and select new layer via cut:

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And you can see that we make a new layer with a stripe of the image, now just turn it off and your layer will be more look like this:

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Click on your layer 0 copy, and make another selection on different parts, and just do the same thing.

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Repeat this action for a few times, as necessary. And in the end it will look like just something like this:

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Now, you can delete your layer 0 copy since it is useless now. Then turn back on all the layer except the backup layer.

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Since the image are now on different pieces, that you have to do is spread them by click on stripes layer one by one and move it, don’t forget to activate your move tool first. While moving the stripe layer, please hold shift command on your keyboard while moving the layer to keep the layer stays straight in line.

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Step 5: Creating the mirror effect

Yeay! Finally, we almost done, just two more steps 😊. Now turn off your black layer, so your photo will be look like this:

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And then create a blank new layer on top of everything. After that press, CTRL+SHIFT+ALT+E, so now you can see a merge of entire slices that you made before. And you have to duplicate the layer as well by press CTRL+J, and named it like what I did in the picture bellow:

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If you’ve done, for a moment turn off your dark stripes layer and click on blur. Then select on Filter, Blur, and choose Gaussian Blur.

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And in the Gaussian Blur, you have to make sure that it’s not a way too blur or too clear otherwise it doesn’t look good enough. If you’ve done, move your blur layer to the bottom of your last stripes or top of your black background. After that, make sure that you click on the move tool, then hold shift key and move the layer a little bit to the left/right whatever you want but make sure it looks proper.

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So now, put your black stripes layer under the blur layer. Don’t forget to turn it on, then hold on your shift key and move it on the available space that left.

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Now, turn down the opacity of black stripes layer to about 50%, and the basic mirror effect now is ready.

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Step 6: Finishing

To make it more stunning, now make a new layer and click on your bucket tool and choose gradient tool, and make sure that you have foreground to transparent on gradient tool. When it’s ready, just hold your shift key and drag a little bit to the middle for two times on each side so it will be look like this:

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Well, now we come to our last adjustment layer, now go on your adjustment layer, and you select gradient map

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Basically, I love it on black and white. But if you want another, you can click on the gradient option

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And click on the setting icon which I rounded with red in the picture bellow, and choose Photographic Toning.

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When it comes something like this,

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Just click Append. Now you have much more gradient option like this. Here I choose sepia 3, then click ok.

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Now, it looks really good, isn’t it? But I’ll change the blending mode to overlay

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Now, we’re done. Tada!!!! Here our result,

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Well, that’s how to create Mirror Effect on Photoshop. Check out other tutorial and also design tips and trick on my blog, and don’t forget to hit follow button on my blog to support me. And always keep in mind that “Practices makes perfect”. See you on the next post, Adios fellas.

Square Photo Effect

In this Photoshop tutorial, we’ll learn an easy way to create a square photo effect. This is the easiest one to learn about photo editing on Photoshop.

Here’s the image I’ll be using for this tutorial:

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Step 1: Open your image

You can open your picture by press ctrl+O, and then choose whatever picture that you want to edit.

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Step 2: Make a pattern

Start by creating a new document, you can press ctrl+N on your keyboard to make it faster. And make sure the size is 500*500 pixels, and the background color is white.

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After you click ok, your new document is ready. But, on the right bottom of your layer, you can see that the layer is lock (see on the red round below). Make sure to unlock the layer by clicking on the lock icon.

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And then right click, and choose Blending Option:

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Click on Stroke and set Inner Stroke with size 7px

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And then go up to Edit menu on the Menu Bar, choose Define Pattern

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Click Ok

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And now you can close this project and back to your image.

Step 3: Applying your Pattern

First thing first, you have to duplicate your image by pressing ctrl+J. Then, right click on your layer copy and choose Blending Option just like this:

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Click on pattern overlay and choose our new pattern, and then click Ok:

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You can change the scale that you want as well after you choose your patter, that we’ve made before:

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Then right mouse click and choose rasterize layer style, and your image would be like this:

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Go to select, color range:

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Click on white, and then click ok:

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You can see on the image below that the white one are selected. Now, hit DEL key to delete the white:

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Here’s the result

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Then click on your layer image, and add layer mask and invert mask to white by pressing on ctrl+I. And hide the layer above your picture layer, see on the red cycle below:

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If you done, create a new layer and move it to the bottom. Click on paint bucket tool and fill your layer with white.

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Step 4: Coloring your squares

Choose Rectangular Marquee Tool,

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and select a few square just like what I did on the picture below:

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Then go to Adjustment and choose Hue/Saturation

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You can change saturation and color on selected squares now:

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Repeat these steps again, but with different color. And you can delete squares on edges too, just select and hit DEL key. Well DONE 🙂

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yeah! There we have it! That’s how to create square photo effect. Check out other tutorial and also design tips and trick on my blog. And always keep in mind that “Practices makes perfect”. See you on the next post, Adios fellas.

How to Make a Selective Coloring Effect in Photoshop

In this Photoshop tutorial, we’ll learn an easy way to create a popular selective coloring effect. Selective coloring effect is editing a picture by converting a photo to black and white while leaving the main subject in full color. If it sounds complicated or time consuming, it’s not, believe me. It’s okay if you know nothing about how to use layer mask yet, or other tools that sounds alien. All we need to make this stunning coloring effect is only pen tool, selection tool, and adjustment tool. Simple isn’t it?

Well, here I use Photoshop CC on windows. If your Photoshop still CS6, CS5, or the other it is okay because basically they’re almost the same, and the new one only has richer features. Okay, let’s get started:

Here’s the image I’ll be using for this tutorial:

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For my image, I want to leave the guy in the middle while converting everything to black and white.

Step 1: Open your wanted picture on Photoshop

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You can open your picture by press ctrl+O as well, and then choose whatever picture that you want to edit. Ah, and don’t forget to duplicate your picture by press Ctrl+J. This is not a must, but I usually do that just in case I need them. Here, I duplicate the picture layer three times.

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Step 2: Select Your Main Subject

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You can see, my subject is the guy in the middle. Basically you can use selection tool of your choice ( Lasso Tool, Quick Selection Tool, Pen Tool, etc) but I prefer Pen Tool because it’s more accurate since my subject have smooth and curved edges. But, of course, your photo will be different and different selection tool may work better on your photo. Well, now draw a selection outline around the main subject of your photo. When you’re done, you should see an outline like the picture above.

When your picture is just something like what’s mine above, now you can select your picture by click on the right of your cursor/ mouse, and then you’ll see something like this:

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Click on make selection, and then you’ll see something like this:

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Here, I left the Feather Radius 0 and then click OK.

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Your picture will have already selected.

Steps 3: Invert The Selection

Since now we have our main subject selected, but what we actually need is everything except the main subject to be selected, which means we need to invert our selection. Go up the Select menu in the Menu Bar along the top of the screen and choose inverse, just like this:

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Or, for a faster way to invert a selection. Just press Shift+Ctrl+I on your keyboard.

You may have to look to notice what happened since the initial selection outline will still be around your subject, but you should now see a second selection outline around the edges of your image. And this tells us that everything in the image except the main subject is now selected.

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Steps 4: Make the Rest of the Subject Black & White

Believe it or not, we’re almost done! Go up the Images menu in the Menu Bar along the top of the screen and choose Adjustments and then Desaturate. or if you want to be quicker just press Shift+Ctrl+U on your keyboard.

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After we’ve done, just deselect the selection by go up the Select menu in the Menu Bar along the top of the screen and choose Deselect or press Ctrl+D.

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And we’ve done. So the result will be look like this:

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And yeah! There we have it! That’s how to quickly add a selective coloring effect to an image with Photoshop! Check out other tutorial and also design tips and trick on my blog. And always keep in mind that “Practices makes perfect”. See you on the next post, Adios fellas.

How to Control the Pen Tool in Photoshop

If you are a beginner and deeply frustrated about how to use pen tool in Photoshop, then you have come to the right place. Pen tool always be the biggest problem that faces by many beginners, and I once was. But no need to worry because in this post, I’ll try to explain the basic control of the pen tool. Here I use Photoshop CC version, but no need to worry if your Photoshop is not Photoshop CC. Because all the basic pen tool is just the same, even CorelDraw and Adobe Illustrator.

 

Photoshop’s pen tool you have three options: Create a new work pathCreate a new shape layer, and Fill Pixels.

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We will use the Create a new work path option as this the most commonly used. You can find these options in the top left hand corner of the Photoshop window. See the image below.

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Just like selection tools, the pen tool has several different options for the resulting path. The most commonly used is “add to path area”. See image below.

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Take your pen tool and click on a blank canvas similar to what I have done below. Each time you click you create an anchor point.

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Hold down Shift, move the mouse and click again. Holding down shift while making an anchor point creates it in a straight line with the last anchor point.

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We can add and delete anchor points on the path we have created. Right click on the pen tool on the toolbar to reveal further tools. Use the Add and Delete Anchor Point Tool to do just that!

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I used the Delete Anchor Point Tool to remove the forth anchor point.

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Now, let’s look at the Convert Point Tool for curvature modification and moving anchor points.

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With the convert point tool click and drag on the second anchor point. Without letting go, move the mouse around and see how it affects the curve. The line that is created is called the Tangent Line. The tangent line controls the curvature of the curve.

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Holding down Ctrl click on the anchor point and move the mouse, see how this allows you to move the anchor point.

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Click on one end of the tangent line and drag.

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This breaks the tangent line in half and creates sharp path changes.

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Move the entire path by selecting the Path Component Selection Tool from the toolbar and drag the path to a new location.

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Delete your path by right clicking on the path and select Delete Path.

 

Finally, I will briefly touch on another style of creating a path. With your pen tool create two anchor points however on the second click don’t let go, drag the click to create the tangent line. The tangent line will affect the next anchor point that you create. Try it out. I don’t use this technique because I find it slower but many do. Just use the technique that feels right for you and keep practicing. Remember, “Practice makes perfect”. Good Luck. Adios fellas.