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Creating a logo using the pen tool.
This tutorial is about using the pen tool. When I first thought about using the pen tool it seemed difficult to me, and scary. It is actually a great tool for creating curved surfaces, and simple to use. Let's re-create a popular thirst quenching logo.

Create a new image file.
Width 500 pix.
Height 500 pix
Resolution 72 pix/inch
Mode RGB Color.
Contents White
Hit ok.

Set the default colors by
Hit D then X on the keyboard.
Click View> Rulers. Ctrl-R.
Click View> Show>Grid. Ctrl-".
Click View> Snap. Shift-Ctrl-;
Make sure this option is checked.
See image.



Create a new Layer from the Layers pallet. Name it Base.
Select the Elipse tool from the toolbar.
Be sure the Shape layers button is selected from the options menu.
Hold in Shift and draw a circle in the Base layer
Draw the circle exactly the same size as the image displays.
See image.


Now to rasterize the shape.
With the Base layer selected.
Layer>Rasterize>Shape.
Drag the Base layer to the new layer button in the Layers pallet to copy it.
Name the new copied layer Red.
Okay, your asking where is the circle. Well its there but you can't see it because the background is also white. Let's make the Red circle.
Click on the foreground square on the tool bar and select a Red color with the color chooser.
Now Ctrl Left mouse click on the newly copied Red layer.
Hit Alt-Backspace to fill the circle with Red.
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Okay we are getting closer to using that pen tool. Hang in there, we need to do a few more things first.
Select the Red layer in the Layers pallet by clicking on it.
Select the Rectangular Marquee tool from the tool bar.
Draw a rectangle selecting the bottom half of the Red circle.
It is important that you select it in exactly half.
Use the grid as a guide.
Keep the selection active.
See image.


Cutting things in half.
With the Red circle still selected in half.
Hit Backspace to cut the selected section.
Now you should have a whole white Base circle and a half Red circle.
Lets make the blue half now.
Click on the foreground square on the tool bar and select a Blue color with the color chooser. Make it a dark blue.

Drag the Red layer to the new layer button in the Layers pallet to copy it.
Name the new copied layer Blue.
Select the Blue layer then Ctrl-Left Mouse click on it to highlight it.
Hit Alt-Backspace to fill the selection with blue.
Edit>Transform>Flip Vertical.
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