Draw shapes and paths with the Pen tool

The Pen tool allows you to draw smooth-edged paths with anchor points and handles.

Photoshop Pen Tool

  1. Select the Pen tool (P)

  2. Use the Options bar to customize tool settings, like Drawing Mode and Auto Add/Delete anchor points, to get the effect you want. 

  3. Draw a path with anchor points and handles.

  4. Finish drawing the path by closing it or leaving it open.

    • Close the path: Position the tool over the first (hollow) anchor point and click or drag.
    • Leave the path open: Ctrl-click (Windows) or Command-click (macOS) anywhere away from all objects.
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