pen tool

Summary:

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 2nd in a series of 3 Tutorials on the Pen Tool in Illustrator.

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

Other People's Work:

Here are examples of work inspired by this tutorial.

Step #1: Open this Adobe Illustrator File

Open this Illustrator file by Clicking Here - Tut3_2

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Save the file somewhere you can find it, like your desktop.

Then double-click it. It should open it in Adobe Illustrator.

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Step #2: Zoom In

Use the Zoom Tool and zoom in a little … .

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Step #3: Select the Pen Tool ~

Get the Pen Tool or hit the keyboard shortcut letter (p) …

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Hold the Mouse down and drag.

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Step #4: Make a Corner Point or Cusp ~

Hover the mouse over the second anchor point.

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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.

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Hold the Shift key down to make perfectly straight lines.


Step #6: Complete

Learn to use the alt key

 

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Step #7: Stroke

Go to: Window > Stroke or hit Cmd+F10

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Raise the size of the stroke to your liking.


Last Step: Save your Work and Attach ~

Save your work and attach!


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