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Pen Tool Paths Create Designs by nmsmith Pen Tool Paths Create Designs by nmsmith
A lot of you have been asking that I do this tutorial. It answers how I create those designs using the pen tool. I hope it's clear and enjoyable. Good luck. For other tutorials - please see my gallery.
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gd86pipo Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is pretty awesome
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nmsmith Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you.
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:iconlyotta:
Lyotta Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nathan, many thank you so much for the great lesson. Translation in Russian here
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:iconnmsmith:
nmsmith Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
That's awesome. Thank you for translating it into Russian. :hug:
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:iconlyotta:
Lyotta Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
And thank you!!
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fengda2870 Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2011
it's very useful!
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:iconpatternmaker:
patternmaker Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2011
I don't have photoshop, but I work in Paintshop and there is a lot that I can do there. I will have a look at this tutorial, thank you for sharing!
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:iconnmsmith:
nmsmith Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
You're most welcome!
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:iconheatstroke99:
heatstroke99 Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Thank you for this tutorial and your gold emboss tutorial as well. Here is what I made using them: [link]
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:iconcharanty:
Charanty Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2011
I have a question - what's this Option you mention and how can i do it?
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:iconnmsmith:
nmsmith Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Here's a little video tutorial - I hope that helps.

[link]

It's an SWF file (Flash Video) so should work in your browser by clicking the play button when it appears on your screen.

Have a great day.

Nathan
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Charanty Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2011
Thanks!

Have a great day too!
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Enelen Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2010
This tutorial is a life-saver!

I still can't bring myself to learn the path tool, thought I tried several times, most recently yesterday, but the most important thing in this is: Command-Option-Shift-T aka Transform Again - which is like an Answer to the Ultimate Question of Life, the Universe and Everything :D

Thank you!

...khm, do you have other overlooked tricks like this? O:) Oh, well, I doubt you realized this would help so much...
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nmsmith Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
You're most welcome. I'm so glad it helped. It not only works on paths, but also to transform shapes and layers in a consistent way. Duplicate a layer and change it slightly, then press that key combination - and bang - a new layer continuing your change. Cool.

Have a wonderful day, my friend.

Nathan
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Enelen Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2010
Yes, that's exactly what I discovered :)

And now I'm addicted to your shiny stuff! I actually sort of knew how to make the gold, but I didn't really get any urges to use it, only when you post a new wallpaper :D
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stunphotography Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2010
This looks to create hours of addictive fun ... your genius and generosity are much appreciated!
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:iconnmsmith:
nmsmith Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
It provides me hours of endless exploration. Thanks.
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Sakuraink Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2010
Thank you for the tutorial :)
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:iconnmsmith:
nmsmith Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Welcome!
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HarunaAkatsuki Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2010
If I could, I would fave this 9000000 times <3

AWESOME tutorial! 100/10!
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nmsmith Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks, my friend. I'm glad it was useful to you.
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anita-chin Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2010
OMG! thanks so much :la: es de mucha utilidad
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nmsmith Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome! I'm glad you found it useful, Anabelle! :wave:
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anita-chin Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2010
Yeah!*W* i want to learn how to use the pen and this help me so much :la: thanks again <3

sorry my english xDu
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nmsmith Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
No need to apologize. My Espanol is not very good, either. :) Thanks, my friend.

Nathan

Ninguna necesidad de disculparse. Mi Espanol no es muy bueno, tampoco. Gracias, mi amigo.
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anita-chin Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2010
you're welcome :hug:
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jodipheonix Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2010   General Artist
thanks again with/for your help Nathan , this is what I created reading this tutorial [link]

( and I was right, ended up sticking with the line tool instead lol )
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nmsmith Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
You did an excellent job. Looks like pen tool work to me. :)
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jodipheonix Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2010   General Artist
thank you :D , didn't use pen tool ... it confused me for some reason lol
I got it to do somewhat what I wanted , but it was staying behind ?
so I scrapped it and started over again using the line tool. worked just
as easily for me if not easier ( I am so lazy with photoshop!! LOL )
I find all the short cuts sooner or later :giggle: I went about it sort of
hard way ... because I didn't use the commands you had listed. the only
command you've got listed there that I seemed to do , was the copy, paste
and shift rotate then , cause I am terribly lazy... the corners .. I copied
the spirograph I made before plopped it in the corner warped it to fit the
lines I had drawn in one corner and copied to the other 3 corners
the background started off very bland. it was a black & blue render cloud
that looked terribly ugly. so I used about 8 different brushes at insanely
large sizes ( oversized them all ) and made blotches around it and mixed
the blending until I liked it and there you have it :)

wasn't overly sure about the flare ... never used them on any of my others
but I figured I'd have a go at it with this one.
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jodipheonix Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2010   General Artist
very interesting technique Nathan , I never would of thought to try this ..
and should have known better lol :XD:
I shall try this , as I said in a reply before , if it doesn't work for me I'll
do the same sort of thing , only using the line tool instead of the pen tool.
it should by rights create the same sort of effects that you're creating here
with the pen tool , just a bit more warping to do is the only difference :)

thank you for this :D
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nmsmith Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome. Let me know how it goes for you.
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Poemhaiku Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2010  Student Digital Artist
Your tutorial is very useful. But I don't know "Option" in "Command-option-shift-T", so I can't make Photoshop repeath this action. Please explain, thank U very much ^^
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nmsmith Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Hi! The "option" key is a Macintosh key. The PC equivalent is the ALT key. So you'd press CTRL-ALT-SHIFT-T Hope this helps, my friend. Have a great day!

Nathan
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Poemhaiku Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2010  Student Digital Artist
Thank U so much!! :heart::heart:
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Silver--Sky Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Great tutorial, will definitely try it!
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nmsmith Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
There's a lot of potential there. I used it to create this one...

[link]

Her hair was done using the pen tool and the free transform command.
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Silver--Sky Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Yes, infinite possibilities :)

Its fantastic, great idea!
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BenChislett Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2010
Thanks again! :)
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OkamiAmeras Featured By Owner May 18, 2009  Student Digital Artist
It's not showing up!
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nmsmith Featured By Owner May 18, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
I guess I'll need a few more details (like "what's not showing up?") before I can be much help. Can you tell me in detail what you've done so far?
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OkamiAmeras Featured By Owner May 18, 2009  Student Digital Artist
The tutorial is not showing up. As in the image on DA. I clock to expand it and the image vanishes.
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nmsmith Featured By Owner May 18, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, that's interesting. I just checked and it works fine on my computer. Sometimes, however, I've noticed that DeviantArt's coding causes some computers grief. I have another gallery at Caedes ([link]). My username there is also nmsmith.

Here's the address of the same tutorial on that site...

[link]

Hope this works for you.

Nathan Smith
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OkamiAmeras Featured By Owner May 19, 2009  Student Digital Artist
Thank you.
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:iconnmsmith:
nmsmith Featured By Owner May 19, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Welcome! Have a wonderful day.
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OkamiAmeras Featured By Owner May 19, 2009  Student Digital Artist
You too.
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bananashamakas Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2009
OH MY GOD!!! THANK YOU SO MUCH for the key combination for repeating an action! Ive wondered about whether Photoshop had it and now its going to make things a lot easier ^^; Thanks!!!
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nmsmith Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
You are very welcome! :)
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LadyNatulcien Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2009
How do you make several faces diamond?
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:iconnmsmith:
nmsmith Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Those are the hardest to do. I either 1) take a photo of a jewel and manipulate it in Photoshop (the lazy way) or 2) I draw it by hand in Photoshop, an hours long process. Digital Painter.... :)
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Torusice-sama Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2009   Digital Artist
wow, favourited! that's pretty damn awesome i must say!!!
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