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Week 10: Vector Drawing Techniques
(CIB Lesson 08 — Classroom in a Book)

GCOM 330 Week 10 Demo:  (35 min.): Tom walks you Lesson 08 in Classroom in a Book.

Practice Files folder – practice only no credit, but do them!

I asked fellow student Mike to search out and find the best beginning tutorial on learning the Pen Tool.

He also asked for a tutorial on the basic image editing workflow we typically perform in Photoshop. There are many variants, but a simple PDF created by former tutor Brian Graham is really helpful, you can download it here: 5Cs_handout (2 page PDF).

To dive a bit deeper, check out this link on Digital Image Editing Workflow.

Q: What is the difference between the Pen tools in Photoshop and Illustrator?

A: The Illustrator pen tool and Photoshop pen tool both allow you to draw paths.

In Photoshop, you need to specify how the path is being used. It can be used to draw pixel-based shapes (Pixels), a bezier path (Path), or a bezier-path based shape (Shape). When used to draw pixel-based shapes it behaves just like the Illustrator pen tool, but once the tool is dropped, the result is simply pixels on a layer that can be edited with any of the tools that edit an image. When used to draw a bezier path, the result is a path that contains no stroke or fill information, but can be applied to layers as a mask, or used to make a selection. When used to draw a bezier-path based Shape, the result is a path on a layer that has editable fill and stroke attributes similar to illustrator. Whenever you draw multiple paths within the same object, you can further choose to have that sub path combine, subtract or intersect with the existing paths, similar to Illustrator’s Pathfinder palette.

In Illustrator, the pen tool is used to draw a path that can have any number of fills, strokes, and effects. The combination of these attributes is called the “Appearance”. A single path can have multiple strokes, fills (solid or gradient) and effects. Each stroke, fill or effect can be applied with various amounts of transparency and they can also use transfer modes (like Screen or Multiply) that can affect the way that attribute looks. The Appearance Panel gives you access to all of these attributes and lets you edit and reorder how they are applied to the path. An object’s Appearance can be saved to the Graphic Styles Pallet and applied to other paths. Appearances can also be applied to Groups and Layers too.

And now onto the best Pen Tool tutorial….

He found it! The reasons it is the best?

~He goes slow.
~He assumes you know nothing.
~He gets right to work on a complex tribal ring project and provides a psd download of the project so that the student follow along.

The winner is:

Here it is below, it can be played full screen. If you go to the link above, you can watch and download the files to follow along too.




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