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Getting Familiar with the Pen Tool
An introduction to the Pen Tool and how to use it. Will discuss Anchor Points / Handles and how to add or remove points from shapes.
When to use
The Pen Tool can be used to draw shapes from scratch, but can also be used to trace images such as drawings and photos.
- Begin by opening the 'Getting Familiar with the Pen Tool - Exercise.ai' file.
- Select the Pen Tool (P) and click on your artboard to create a point.
- Move the Pen Tool around and notice the blue line indicating the direction of the path that you will create the next time you click.
- Try to create some geometric shapes like boxes or triangles as well as creating some random shapes.
- Remember that in order to fill a shape with color you will need to close the shape by making sure the last point you create comes back to the one that you started with.
- Use the Direct Selection Tool (A) to select points and use the handles to change the appearance of your shape.
- Next, click to make a single point, and when you make your next point click and hold the mouse.
- Before releasing the mouse, move your hand around to create a curved line instead of a straight line.
- Practice creating some organic shapes using this approach and manipulating the handles to tweak the shapes further.
Hints & tips
- Anytime you create a point you can either continue on to your next point or click on the previous point first in order to have more control over the direction of the line.
- If you make a mistake you can always use the handles to modify a path.
- You can easily add or subtract points using the other options for the Pen Tool by clicking and holding on the Pen Tool icon in the toolbar and selecting either the Add Anchor Point or Delete Anchor Point tools.
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