Learn how to Draw using Pen Tool in Adobe Illustrator
The Pen tool is one of the powerful drawing tools in Adobe Illustrator. With it, you can able to create and edit anchor points and paths. Explore the basic of drawing with precision using the pen tool. You create straight and curved paths while becoming more comfortable with this tool. Let’s take a look at how to draw straight line segment and curves with the pen tool in Adobe Illustrator.
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Draw With Pen Tool in Adobe Illustrator
1. Draw Straight Line Segments with Pen Tool
The simplest path you can draw using the pen tool is a straight line made by clicking the pen tool to produce two anchor points. By continuing clicking, you can create path made of straight line segments connected by corner points.
Step 1: Select the Pen Tool ().
Step 2: Position the pen tool where you need the straight segment to start and on define the first anchor point. The first segment you draw not visible until you click a second anchor point. If direction line appears you have accidentally dragged the pen tool. Choose Edit > Undo and click again.
Step 3: Again click where you want the segment to end.
Step 4: Continue clicking to set anchor points for added straight segments. The last anchor point you add appears as a solid square, indicating that it is selected. Previously defined anchor point become hollow and deselected as you add more anchor points.
Step 5: Complete the path
To close path – position the pen tool above the first anchor point. A circle appears next to the pen tool pointer when it is placed correctly. Click or drag to close the path.
2. Draw Curves with the Pen Tool in Adobe Illustrator
By adding an anchor point creates a curve where a curve changes its direction and dragging the direction lines that shape curve. The slope and length of the direction lines determine the shape of the curve.
Curves are easier to edit and the system can display and print faster if draw it using as few anchor points as possible. Using too many points can introduce unwanted bumps in a curve. Instead, draw broadly spaced anchor points and practice shaping curve by adjusting the length and angles of the direction lines.
Step 1: Select the Pen tool.
Step 2: Position the Pen tool where you want the curve to start and hold the mouse button. The anchor point appears and the Pen tool pointer changes to an arrowhead.
Step 3: Drag to set the slope of the curve segment you are creating then release the mouse button. Extend the direction line about 1/3 of the distance to the next anchor point you plan to draw.
A. Positioning Pen tool B. Starting to drag C. Dragging to extend direction lines.
Step 4: Position the pen tool where you want the curve segment to end and do one of the following:
• Create a S‑shaped curve, drag in the same direction to the previous direction line. Then release the button.
• Create a C-shaped curve; drag in the opposite direction to the previous direction line. Then release the button.
Step 5: Continue dragging the pen tool from various locations to create a series of smooth curves. Note that at the beginning you are placing anchor points, not as the tip of the curve.
Step 6: Complete the path by doing one of the following:
- To close the path, place the Pen tool to the first anchor point. A small circle appears next to the Pen tool pointer when it is set correctly. Click or drag to close the path.
- To leave the path open, you can select a different tool or choose Select > Deselect.
- To leave the path open, Command-click (macOS) or Ctrl-click (Windows) anywhere away from all objects.
A: Reposition the closing anchor point.
B: Break the paired handles to adjust the closing anchor point.
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