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Vectors in Photoshop

Vectors

These arelines and shapes used to maintain the sharpness of an image after it is rendered to a larger size

Vector Shapes

Vector shapes are usually illustrated by lines, shapes, and other image components stored in a format that incorporates geometric formulas for resizing the image elements.

The vector shape is created by defining points and curves. When vector graphics are scaled, the edges remain crisp and sharp no matter the size.

Path

A path can be defined as a simple line with anchor points at either end. This line can be straight or curved depending on how it’s made. Paths can either be open or closed.  Closed paths are made so by creating the anchor point at the end  over the top of the first anchor point, thus closing the shape.

Pen tool

This is tool used to define anchor points as well as manipulate the curves in relation to the an hour points. They can be defined as path creators.

Freeform Pen tool

Freeform pen tool is a type of pen tool  which allows easy drawing of vectors and shapes. It makes work easier by automatically adding anchor points.

Options bar

The option bar is found below the menu bar of the Photoshop window and it’s main function is to adjust the settings for the currently active tool. 

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Vectors in Photoshop

The use of vector tools in Photoshop is already a success. The vector tools act as the bridge between Photoshop and Illustrator. These tools have been used for a couple of years to create crop masks with sharp edges, as well as storing and using them for creating layer masks or simply for InDesign- clipping masks for another apps. It is very possible to create vector shapes of different kinds in order to obtain sharp edges, however, as a way to keep vector properties the files have to be saved in proper format such psd, .eps. When vector graphics are scaled, the edges remain crisp and sharp no matter the size.

One unique feature about vectors is that they are usually math based. This implies that they can be described by paths and points. In so doing, they become absolutely scalable and really valuable for making things such as logos. Most of the things made in Photoshop are pixel based. With regard to vector graphics, it is worth pointing that they can be easily scaled, though the edges will always remain crisp and sharp. This is notwithstanding of the size of the graphics. It is interesting to mention that most of the vector tools are significantly improved. Nonetheless, a special scenario occurs when working with type and logos. This demands that they be created in Illustrator, a vector-based program, and thereafter taken into Photoshop preferably as a Smart Object.

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Free-form Pen Tool

Free-form Pen tool

The freeform pen tool is a type of pen tool which allows easy drawing of vectors and shapes.

This allows one to draw with a free hand as if they are drawn on a piece of paper with a pencil.

It makes work easier by automatically adding anchor points.

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PATH

A path can be defined as a simple line with anchor points at either end.

This line can be straight or curved depending on how it’s made.

Paths can either be open or closed. 

Closed paths are made so by creating the anchor point at the end over the top of the first anchor point, thus closing the shape.

Paths are mainly made by pen tools, although there are other ways of creating a path.

The shape tool for example, can create a path.

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Vectors

These are lines and shapes used to maintain the sharpness of an image after its rendered to a larger size.

Shapes and text in an image can be considered as vector while the opposite of vector is raster data.

Raster data are images which cannot be enlarged in size without loss of quality.

The use of vectors has one key advantage of Photoshop.

The main advantage of this is that vectors enable images to be enlarged without loss of quality in the image as the edges remain sharp and clean.

This is mainly due to the fact that vectors used mathematically defined paths.

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Option Bars

The option bar is found under the menu bar of the Photoshop window and runs horizontally while in default setting.

The options bar changes with the selected tool as it is context sensitive.

Despite this fact, there are some settings on the options bar which are common to several settings.

These include settings such as painting modes and opacities (“Use Photoshop tools”, 2017).

The main function of the options bar is to provide options which can be used to adjust the settings for the currently active tool (“Use Photoshop tools”, 2017). 

It is prudent to note that Photoshop utilizes a “sticky state” for the options bar (Binder, 2010).

This means that it gives preference to settings which are frequently used by the user.