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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.

Learn About:

Pen Tool

• This is the 1st in a series of 3 Tutorials on the Pen Tool in Illustrator.

Pen Tool Tutorial #1 | Pen Tool Tutorial #2 | Pen Tool Tutorial #3

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Step #1: Open this Adobe Illustrator File

Open this Illustrator file by Clicking Here and downloading

save to disk

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) …

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… click on the anchor points to create straight lines.

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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 …

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Step #6: Save your Work and Attach ~

Save your work and attach!

Other Resources: Here is a zipped folder containing all 5 compresensive pen tool worksheets.