Pen Tool in Illustrator - Curves
● The Pen Tool can be frustrating and difficult, but once you get it, it’s like riding a bike – you’ll never forget. It’s also important because most applications have it and it’s a “gateway tool.”
● Once you understand the Pen Tool you'll have an easier time with the other tools because it has crossover characteristics all graphic artists must know.
✓ Pen Tool
• This is the 1st in a series of 3 Tutorials on the Pen Tool in Illustrator.
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Step #1: Open this Adobe Illustrator File
✓ Open this Illustrator file by Clicking Here and downloading Tut3_1.ai
✓ Save the file somewhere you can find it, like your desktop.
✓ Then double-click it. It should open it in Adobe Illustrator.
Step #2: Zoom In ~
✓ Use the Zoom Tool and zoom in a little …
Step #3: Select the Pen Tool ~
✓ Get the Pen Tool or hit the keyboard shortcut letter (p) …
✓ … click on the anchor points to create straight lines.
Step #4: Set the Stroke ~
✓ Go to: Window » Stroke or hit Cmd+F10 …
✓ … raise the size of the stroke to your liking.
Step #5: Curved Lines ~
✓ Curved lines are harder.
✓ Keep going …
Step #6: Save your Work and Attach ~
✓ Save your work and attach!