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Here’s a quick tutorial on selecting areas of an object within a selection. Before we start you might want to download the working files and follow along as I go. Click Here to get the working files. Your final piece should look something like the image below, lets get stuck into it shall we?

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You might find yourself in a situation one day when you’ll need either Italics or Bold but those options won’t be available to you, for example like when you select Viner Hand ITC it won’t allow you to make it Italic as you can see in the picture below.

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If you are ever unsure what the shortcut keys are all you have to do is look beside the tool or option you are selecting and it will tell you. When you hover over a tool you will also notice a letter in brackets at the end if the name of the tool, this is the shortcut key. So (P) is the shortcut key for Pen Tool and (R) is the shortcut key for Smudge and so on.  What I want you guys to do is to start taking notice of the letters in brackets when you hover over a tool because it’s a really good way to get these shortcut keys stuck in your head.

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For today’s hands-on tutorial I want to show you guys how to use the Pen Tool and the Paint Bucket. These tools can be based on vector lines or paths, which means resizing it won’t pixilate the graphic images or mess up the resolution. It is also useful when it comes to tracing images, and that is what we will be doing today.

Before we get stuck into it, look at the diagram I made below so that you can understand how the Pen Tool works more. What I will be calling dots and points are anchors, an anchor is where it starts, stops and where you can adjust or manipulate the Pen Tool line if selected. The selected anchor will be filled in with grey and the unselected will be plain white. You will find that once you first start using this tool you might be confused about how to get to the next anchor when you are curving, keep in mind that if you don’t stroke straight away after each start and end point you may need to chop it by holding down ALT to start a new selection and path without the curves twisting and turning in weird ways. Sometimes clicking and dragging is fine but if you find it looking a bit messy use the ALT method.

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