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 2nd in a series of 3 Tutorials on the Pen Tool in Illustrator.
Step #1: Open this Adobe Illustrator File
✓ Open this Illustrator file by Clicking Here - Tut3_2
✓ 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) …
✓ Hold the Mouse down and drag.
Step #4: Make a Corner Point or Cusp ~
✓ Hover the mouse over the second anchor point.
✓ Keep going like that until you complete the example.
Step #5: Curved and Straight Lines ~
✓ Draw the first line the normal way.
✓ Then hold the alt key down and click the second anchor point like you did before.
✓ Then you can create a straight line by just clicking once.
✓ Hold the Shift key down to make perfectly straight lines.
Step #6: Complete
✓ Learn to use the alt key
Step #7: Stroke
✓ Go to: Window > Stroke or hit Cmd+F10
✓ Raise the size of the stroke to your liking.
Last Step: Save your Work and Attach ~
✓ Save your work and attach!