Instead of drawing and modifying paths using Bezier curves, use the Curvature Pen tool in Adobe Photoshop to create paths intuitively, and then simply push and pull segments to modify them. Learn how to set up your paths so they’re clearly visible against any background.

Framed artwork of colorful bird in yellow circle with white background sits on a table.

Where to find it?

The Curvature Pen tool is located under the Pen tool in the Tools panel. Select it, and then select Shape in the tool mode drop-down menu in the Options bar. Then set the Fill and Stroke colors to None.

Visualize your paths better

Click the Path Options button (gear icon) in the Options bar. Adjust path Thickness and Color.

Note: This only affects a path’s appearance and helps you to visualize the shape better. It has no effect on the stroke — you’ll specify that later when you apply color to the shapes.

The Rubber Band option lets you previsualize a path based on your cursor’s movement.

Black and white bird artwork with Rubber Band Path Option selected helps visualize the composition's paths

Practice drawing straight line segments

Click once on the canvas to start drawing a straight line, and then double-click to add a corner point.

Each double-click creates a straight line between the corner points. Shift-click to constrain your path to 90° and 45° angles.

Press Esc to complete an open path.

Black and white bird artwork with blue lines on beak shows straight, angular paths.

Draw and edit curves

Click once to create your first point. Continue tracing around the curved shape, clicking once to place each point.

Click and drag a point to move it — no need to change tools for this.

Click to add extra points for finer control over the curve. It’s easy to delete any extra points — click a point to select it, and then press Delete.

Tip: Each path and shape is automatically saved as a separate shape layer in the Layers panel. Give each shape a unique name to tell it apart. Double-click the layer’s name and type a new one.  

Black and white bird artwork with blue lines on wing shows curved paths with points.

Switch between straight lines and curves

It couldn’t be easier to switch between drawing straight lines and curves — just double-click a point to switch between corner and smooth points. You can also double-click a point on a line or shape you’ve already drawn to change it from corner to smooth point and vice versa.

Points on bird's wings are double-clicked to change between corner and smooth points for straight or curved lines.

Add color to your shapes

Select a shape layer, or press Shift and click multiple shape layers to color them at once. Change the Fill and Stroke colors in the Options bar.

Colors are added to the various shape layers using fill and stroke options.

Hope you had fun playing with the new Curvature Pen tool in Photoshop. Read Use the Curvature Pen tool for more details.

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