Hey all, it’s Sam.
This is my first tutorial.
I’m going to be doing it on making line art with a mouse in Photoshop.
This particular version of Photoshop is CS6, but any version of 7 and up should work justfine.
I’m going to make a new file.
It doesn’tmatter the size, but I’m just going to make mine 700 x 700.
Now, I love layers.
So, I’m going to ahead and put everything on the new layer.
And whatI’m talking about as far as this goes is pressure sensitivity.
You can see this doodleI’m doing right now with a mouse, it’s just regular brush, nothing special.
It doesn’tlook very pretty.
But I I use a tablet (if you guys are familiarwith a tablet) to have the ability to be pressure-sensitive.
That means that if I select shape dynamics(and I can change the minimum diameter, that means that the harder I press, the thickerthe line will be.
And using shape dynamics, you can see howit’s thickest in the middle and tapers off at the end.
Changing the diameter percentagechanges how much it tapers off.
I usually keep it at 0, but personal preference.
And if I doodle with a tablet, I have much more control over the line.
I can press harder,go softer.
You can see the advantage of a tablet.
But this is about mouse.
So I’m going to go ahead and show you howto do something that’s similar to do that with a mouse.
This is using the pen tool and the brush tool.
Now, if you guys don’t know anything aboutthe pen tool, that’s okay.
This is very basic and very simple.
Just go ahead and start by clicking anywhere (nowhere in particular really matters.
We’rejust playing around).
And this is just creating a new work path.
Clicking somewhere else extends the path, and puts it to a new anchor point.
You cancreate more anchor points (if you don’t want just a straight line) by clicking anywhereon the work path.
And you can move these anchor points by pressingcontrol and then clicking on these.
And you can move all of them anywhere.
These two parts that extend from this anchor control how much it curves.
So if I extendthis out, you can see the curve definitely increases.
I can move things around and Ican twist it.
And the pen tool is a pretty big tool.
It’sgot a lot of features and stuff to it.
It may really almost take an hour or so justplaying around with all of its features just to get a hang of it.
It takes a little bitto get used to.
You can make all sorts of crazy shapes.
Thiswill be my shape.
And what I’m going to do is I’m goingto go to my brush and then, pick any size.
It doesn’t really matter.
I’m going togo ahead and go with size 7.
And you’re going to wait, make sure thatbefore you do anything else, you want to go to your brush settings and make sure thatyou have shape dynamics checked with your minimum diameter set to 0%.
It doesn’t haveto be 0%.
But to put emphasis on this, you would want 0%.
Now, go ahead and go back to your pen tool and right click anywhere in your workspace,then click on stroke path.
This whole box is going to come up.
And then, you’re goingto see that you have the option to pick different tools – pencil, brush, eraser.
You haveall these tools.
We’re going to use brush.
And you see this is already checked.
But ifit’s not, go ahead and check it.
This is to stimulate pressure.
And you’re goingto see what this will do.
If you notice, it’s brushed automaticallyfor you.
You click and then it gets rid of all those lines.
And now, you can see it clearly.
The middle part is where it’s weighed the thickest.
And then at the ends, you can seeit just tapers off.
That’s what stroking the path does.
And that’s just one way of using the pen tool that I do sometimes.
But if you wanta different way, it gives it a little bit more of that tablet feel.
I’ll cover thatin a second.
But you can go ahead and play with the different sizes of brushes.
The thicker you go, the crazier it gets.
You can see it gets pretty thick and tapers off.
And that’s just one way of doing it.
The second way is the way that I use the most.
It involves a few more steps, but it’s still pretty easy.
So go ahead and make a path and just do whatever, nothing specific.
Play around, do whatever.
This is my path.
And to get it to look like this, just control click.
If you ever wantto go back and edit, control click on your path.
That’s my path.
So, I’m going to do my brush.
I’m going to set a small brush size.
To do this, youmight want to start with a pretty small one compared to what you want the finished pieceto look like.
And then, you go back to your pen tool andyou right click stroke path.
But this time, you’re not going to stimulate pressure.
And now, you get this line.
You can tell that it looks pretty much exactlythe same as it would if you just used the mouse except my lines are a little bit moreshaky with a mouse, but you get the point.
Now, what you’re going to do is controla and x.
And what this does is select the canvass and cut the picture.
And the pictureisn’t actually gone.
It’s saved to your clipboard.
So if you were to paste it, controlv, or just go up to edit, paste, your picture is still there.
And that’s what we’d want.
And now, you want to go over to your history.
And you want to go back to the last use ofthe pen tool.
We don’t want to do the stroke path, however, because this path is alreadystroked and we don’t want that.
We want the one right before it, which for me, isthe dragging of the anchor point.
Now, you want to change the brush size tosomething that’s larger than the one that we’ve just used.
And we go with 8.
You wantto go at least two or three above the brush size that you used to see the difference.
Going back to the pen tool, right click, stroke path.
And this time, with stimulate the pressure.
This is the same thing as what we saw before.
But this time, we’re going to paste our previous one and then drag it over so theyline up.
And now, you can really see this looks more like a tablet (which I’m usingright now).
So that’s pretty much it.
And I hope thishas helped maybe somebody.
If you have any questions or anything, go ahead and leavea comment and I’ll do my best to answer it.
I’m not an expert at the pen tool orPhotoshop, but I’ll still try and answer your questions.
So I hope you enjoyed watching.
And see you next time.