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2.1 The Digital Canvas

In this lesson, we will address laying out our digital canvas and creating actions and shortcuts to help us move through our project more effectively. We will cover both the Actions palette and the Paths palette.

2.1 The Digital Canvas

Okay, before we get started, there are a few things that we need to know in order to navigate through this course successfully. I'm gonna talk about the Pen Tools, how to access the Pen Tools. We're also gonna talk about how to access the Actions panel, and the Paths panel. So, let's go ahead and get started. So let's make sure everybody knows all of the shortcuts and where these actions, and paths, and additional steps can be found in Photoshop. So the first thing I do is go to the Window tab and you see that Action is there. And you can turn that on by hitting Alt+F9 or you can just come to Windows > Action. And Path is right below. It's right here, that's where your paths are. Those are the two palettes you're gonna need today. By following this course, those are gonna be the two main palettes. If you're not familiar with them, make sure you know how to access them. So I have them open on the right-hand side now, that's my path palette. And the one above is my action palette, all right? So we're gonna be using it quite a bit along with the Pen Tool. So your Pen Tool can be found right here. You can also hit the shortcut p for pen. We're gonna use the basic Pen Tool and you're either gonna have a path or shape. Now, primarily throughout the tutorial, we're gonna be using the path, but every now and then, we'll go to the shapes. So now you know how to access both. Primarily, we're gonna be using path. So you see path and shapes, there we go. All right and there's a second Pen Tool, which is a free-form pen tool. And that'll be the alternative to just using the regular Pen Tool. So we'll use the free-form Pen Tool and the regular Pen Tool throughout the tutorial. And so when we click once, we click again, what you wanna do is hold the button down in order to control your tangents or anchor points. So when you first click, you take your finger off the mouse or your pen of the Wacom. And then you click again. And so right now, I'm still in my shape mode. I have my fill on only. And so we get a fill, we get a fill of color that looks like this. All right. So that's what the shape mode looks like. Now if I click the palette here, you can see that is what the path looks like. So if I select that and delete, that's how I get rid of the path. Let's go to just the basic path here. And I click, click again, and then I pull the tangent, I hold down. And now the tangent, or the anchor points, whichever term you use is fine. I can then control the shape or the direction of my Pen Tool. So wherever that tangent is pointing, the first one is the direction that the next click is going to follow. And I can use the previous anchor tangent to control the path. So when I say path, it's just that line right there. That's what I'm referring to. And I can hold Ctrl down to move the original click or the anchor point. If we hold Ctrl down, and to move the tangents, I just hold Alt. All right, so these are the steps that we are going to need as we move forward. So make sure you have a strong grasp of how to use the Pen Tool and the anchor points. Once you have it down, go ahead and move forward to the next lesson.

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