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Vector Drawing Techniques in Adobe Photoshop CS6

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Learn how to differentiate between bitmap and vector graphics, draw straight and curved paths using the Pen tool, convert a path to a selection, and convert a selection to a path, save paths, draw and edit shape layers, draw custom shapes, and import and edit a Smart Object from Adobe Illustrator.

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Getting started

Getting started

Before you begin, you’ll view the image you’ll be creating—a poster for a fictitious toy company.

  1. Start Photoshop, and then immediately hold down Ctrl+Alt+Shift (Windows) or Command+Option+Shift (Mac OS) to restore the default preferences. (See “Restoring default preferences” on page 4.)
  2. When prompted, click Yes to delete the Adobe Photoshop Settings file.
  3. Click the Mini Bridge tab to open the Mini Bridge panel. If Bridge isn’t running in the background, click Launch Bridge.
  4. In the Mini Bridge panel, choose Favorites from the pop-up menu on the left. Double-click the Lessons folder, and then double-click the Lesson08 folder.
  5. Select the 08End.psd file, and press the spacebar to see it in full-screen view.
  6. To create this poster, you’ll work with an image of a toy spaceship, and practice making paths and selections using the Pen tool. As you create the background shapes and type, you’ll learn more about shape layers and vector masks, as well as ways to use Smart Objects.

  7. When you’ve finished looking at 08End.psd, press the spacebar again. Then double-click the 08Start.psd file to open it in Photoshop.
  8. Choose File > Save As, rename the file 08Working.psd, and click Save. Click OK in the Photoshop Format Options dialog box.
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