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If you have any questions, leave a comment and I'll do my best to answer! :3 (And if you use my tutorial, I would be very happy if you could send me a link to your work so I can praise you!) XD

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Adobe Photoshop CS III
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Given 2010-09-16
Pen Tool Tutorial - 30K Views by *Popo-Licious offers a great explanation of how to use Photoshop's pen tool. ( Suggested by mintyy and Featured by FantasyStock )
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Pegasister8 Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2016  New Deviant Hobbyist Writer
Gold help
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SAMSWAHID Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2016  Hobbyist Artist
thats a helping hand
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thatonesheepywrites Featured By Owner Edited Jan 29, 2016  Student Writer
Amazing tutorial! Thank you very much for this! While I may suck at applying the techniques, I still am glad for some idea of what to do with Photoshop.
*EDIT* Finally got the hang of it! :D
Made dis with your tutorial:
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Popo-Licious Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That's awesome! Thank you for showing me! Keep it up. :D
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the-ESSI Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2016  Student
umm... but how do i do these lovely dynamic lines while using CS6? :(
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Popo-Licious Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You can follow the exact same instructions using CS6! :3
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jspanda Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
awesome ......
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Popo-Licious Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks! :3
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FeerXD Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2015
really helpful, thanks!!
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bluemooze Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2015   Digital Artist
Excellent.  Thank you.
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Popo-Licious Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're welcome! :D
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AymFek Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2015  Student Interface Designer
Can i get that brush Plz !!?
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Popo-Licious Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's literally a default Photoshop brush. Nothing special and nothing to download. Just follow the instructions in the tutorial to set up the brush. :)
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AymFek Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2015  Student Interface Designer
i learn , ty so much :D look what i draw : i.imgur.com/corx9V2.png
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Popo-Licious Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awesome! Thank you for showing me! It makes me so happy to see that other people are able to use what I've taught them to make great things. :D
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gwaciepanda Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2015  Professional General Artist
Any suggestions as to what to do in regards to my brush options not being available? They are just kind of grayed out :(
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Popo-Licious Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hi! When you try to change your brush settings, is the pen tool still selected? You can access all the brush options without having the actual brush selected, and when that happens, everything is grayed out. :3
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SakuraStar10311 Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
This is awesome! I have one question though: It would not let me hit "stroke path", so I was wondering what I did wrong there? Or if there was any way to fix that?
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Popo-Licious Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It sounds like the layer is locked. :D
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SakuraStar10311 Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
ohhh! How do I unlock it?
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Popo-Licious Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Are you on the background layer? I don't think that can be unlocked. Make a new layer, which should already be unlocked. To lock/unlock it in the future, there's a little padlock icon at the top of the "layers" box. You can just click/unclick it. :) You can find more info on layers here: photoshopcafe.com/tutorials/la…
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SakuraStar10311 Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I actually made about 30 layers with a bunch of different lines ^^'' I was filling in features like the eyes and such and I couldn't figure out how to do that all on one layer... and I found that the layers are actually not locked, but I'm using a mac for this so I might have everything on the wrong settings so that might have screwed it up a bit eheheh >< Sweating a little... 
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Laguz-Algiz Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
This makes so much more sense now that I have read through this tutorial I was so confused as to what that function did before but this explains it better than the help sites that I have used in the past.
Thanks For The Llama Emote Thanks For The Llama Emote Thanks For The Llama Emote 
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Popo-Licious Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yay! Glad this was helpful for you! :aww:
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danasalvador Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2015
I love making vexel/vectors in Photoshop so I use the Pen tool quite a lot. Turns out there are some techniques for this tool that I didn't know of. Thanks! This is helpful. :)
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Popo-Licious Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for looking! >w<
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G3oM Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Is it possible after a curved path to make the line automatically straight?
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Popo-Licious Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm not sure what you mean! *o* If your settings look like the ones in my tutorial, then making two points will automatically create a perfectly straight line. If you have made a curved path, you can click on the middle point(s) to make the line straight again. :3
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G3oM Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you now I understand =D
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Riifutani-Fiorica Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Thanks xD 
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dixiekasilke Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks, so helpful! :star:
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Popo-Licious Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No problem! >w<
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redchilired Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Heart Heart Heart Heart Heart Heart 
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ewolf20 Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2015  Student Digital Artist
This will be helpful one day
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TheUnicornLegion Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Y so many comments?!
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Popo-Licious Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Most of them are questions. XD
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MissUnashamed Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
What an awesome tutorial! :D One question though: My lines (when I select "simulate pressure") end up being way, way thick in the middle and super thin at the ends. Are there any particular settings that you lean towards to avoid this, and get  a more naturally tapered line?
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Popo-Licious Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yep! If you play with your minimum diameter and set it to around 50%, you get a much more balanced line! >w<
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sketcherjak Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2014
This has to be shared!
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Popo-Licious Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:heart:
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ScytheMeHappy Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Thank you so much! The pen tool has confused me for aaaaages, and thanks to you I'll be able to draw much smoother lineart :3 this is so helpful <3
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Popo-Licious Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yay! Please let me know if you need any assistance! :aww:
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darkartwolf99 Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
too small... cant see art...No, I disagree! 
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Popo-Licious Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're supposed to click on it and/or download it to view it! :3
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Enadarxel Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2014
While I'm used with the pen tool in Illustrator, I'd never thought you could the same in Photoshop. Thank you very much for this tutorial! :D
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Popo-Licious Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No problem! Thanks for looking! :D
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MadAlleyCat Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2014  Professional Filmographer
I'm not really sure about how to get my settings right, as it looks pretty different in PS6. Could you describe what they'd be called to get the same settings as in this tutorial?
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Popo-Licious Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Sure! The actual toolbox icon should be set to Pen Tool. (Not freeform or anything like that.) The two buttons at the top are Paths and Pen Tool. :3
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MadAlleyCat Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2014  Professional Filmographer
Cool, thanks! :)
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TheReticChick Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm pretty stuck with this tutorial, I CTRL and drag into a curve and it blacks out as a half circle- what am I doing wrong? 
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