I believe I remember using this tool or function in the past but can't seem to find it now.
In the past I have traced the outline of an image using the pen tool by placing as many points along the countour or outline as possible. Once I closed the path the appearance was not perfectly smooth. I remember using a tool after that to smooth the path that would eliminate any uneven or jagged edges and make the curves really smooth.
Does anyone know how to do this in CS6?
Thank you in advance.
I may not understand your question, but I suspect you're not using the pen tool as it was designed. The best bezier path uses as FEW points as possible to make the perfect path. Each bezier curve is composed of two anchor points and two control points. It takes some practice, but any shape can be accurately drawn using bezier curves (pen tool).
Perhaps I didn't explain it well enough.
I have tried using bezier curvers and the method you describe but found the process a little tedious and time-consuming.
The method I used before required the placement of as many points along the outline as practically possible with a path smoothing tool to smooth the closed path (it may work with open paths too). My memory tells me I used this technique with the pen tool but it may have been a different drawing too.
Are you aware of a path smoothing method like the one I described?
Thanks in advance.
I know there's a path-smoothing tool in Illustrator, but I don't know of one in Photoshop. If you're making masks, this helped me a lot, (and it doesn't use paths): :+)
I haven't watched the video at the link you provided yet but will shortly.
In regards to Illustrator, could a photo be traced in Illustrator just as well as it can be in Photoshop?
All I need to do is to trace an image to create a contour of it, smooth the path so it looks smooth and even, and then choose the stroke/color of the path and fill the inside of the closed path with some form of pattern (diagonal parallel lines would be a possible option).
Can this be accomplished more easily in Photoshop or Illustrator?
Thank you in advance.
I'm not familiar with your workflow requiring path smoothing. Illustrator has more of a path "simplify" command than a "smooth" thing (although if all your paths are curves, it does pretty well at smoothing/removing points), and it might work for your project. AI's path simplification has nothing to do with the content of a photo, so if that's what you need, then it may be a good solution. If all you need is a manual path for filling, then the pen tool (without smoothing) is a good option, but you already said it's too tedious for you. (Once you get used to it, though, it's really great.) That video link shows a different "intelligent" set of techniques for acquiring an outline/mask/selection from photographs. I highly recommend it.