Selecting With the Pen Tool
Photoshop CS3 Tutorial
How to Make a Selection with the Pen Tool in Photoshop
The Pen tool is a powerful selection tool for many types of objects. It utilizes common bezier curves found in most drawing packages.
Once a path is made, you can save the path and reuse it for future selections.
Open an image in Photoshop (File > Open).
Select the Pen tool (p key). Set the tool options to Paths. Click the starting point for your selection.
Move the pen to the next location and click and drag the handle to shape the curve.
Continue around the object until you are back at the starting point. As you near the first point an "o" appears. Click directly over the starting point to close the curve.
Open the Paths palette (Window > Paths). Double-click the path thumbnail to name and save it.
With the path selected, click the Load Path as a Selection icon and your selection is made.
To draw a precision path, zoom in or out on the image (Cmd/+ or Cmd/- (PC-Ctrl/+ or Ctrl/ -)). Use the Spacebar to navigate throughout the image. Path Adjustments Once you have drawn the path, you can move the points and fine-tune the curve using the Direct Selection tool (a key).