Basics of layouting – Using Pen tool

September 9, 2008

TOPIC LEVEL: Intermediate**
Requirements: Adobe Photoshop

In wikipedia.org, the definition of layouts another name for a scene (computer graphics) used to render

2D/3D graphics/animation. Layouting is very essential in the world of computer graphics designing. I use photoshop and CorelDraw in making my quality layouts. But do you know how to make layouts. If you have’nt try it yet, you better try this tutorial. We will guide to the rest of the set-up.

1. Open Adobe Photoshop.

2. Press Ctrl + O and select jpeg files.

3. Before starting, make sure all the following settings are correct: Windows Menu bar -> History, Layers, Options and Tools are checked.

4. Now press P or select Pen Tool.

5. Click the picture you want to focus in .

6. Press F to set to fullscreen mode.

7. Press Z to then click and click to zoom in.

8. Press P again.

9. Click the first part you want to focus on. A New Work Path is place in the history bar.

10. Now follow the edge of the picture you want to cut. Upon pressing P, use your mouse to navigate to the rest of the picture. Something like this..

11. When you are curving your work paths, make sure that the end point of the pen tool shape in the image edge. So that you make curve, you are pretty sure that you are in the right path.

12. Now navigate to the rest of the picture. You can use the Zoom tool to make your navigation more clearly and use the Hand Tool to make your editing smooth. When done, Close Path will appear in the history bar denoting that the paths you make is close.

13. Dont press other tools. Right-cick and select Make Selection.

14. Then press Enter.

15. You will notice that the image displayer a running line. THis denotes that only the image is selected and ready to be transfered.

16. Now press Ctrl X (Cut!). Background must appear.

17. Ctrl + A (Select All). A running line will be displayed.

18. Press Delete then press Ctrl + V (Paste).

You will notice that a new layer was created. The Background is white because the settings in toolbar of background color is white.

19 . To add another picture at the back of the picture, select Background layer and click Eraser tool (E).

20. Hold down Shift then press E twice until the Magic Eraser is selected.

You will notice while you are holding shift and pressing E, the mouse cursor change by itself denoting that specific Eraser tool is selected.

21. Now press F twice. Drag the image you want to be the background of the child. I choose this powerful sunshine. Focus on the picture you want to drag and press V. Drag it in the childs form.

22. Now if you place the background to the child, you will need to resize it first.

23. So instead of that, just select and drag tyhe child to the background. 

24. Now, Add some text into it. Just press T then click on the form and type.

25. And here is your finished product…

26. And here are other samples.

Have a nice editing fella’s!

So long, net lovers!




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