The Ultimate Pen Tool Guide


The most important tool in Illustrator is the Pen Tool. The benefit of the pen tool is that it gives you precise control over drawing objects in Illustrator.

The pen tool works in a kinda funny way. Rather then clicking and dragging to create a shape like a square or a circle, you are basically drawing points that all connect to one another, then you close your path, and then you can manipulate the shape that you draw. I set my fill color to red and stroke color to black and we can start to draw. If I click once on my canvas, I get one anchor point and it doesn't show anything. But if I move my cursor away, I get a thin blue line. I'm not drawing anything yet except for that one point. This is just a guide along the way to help me draw.

If I click up. I've drawn a second anchor, and if I move my mouse again, I get that line, and if I just continue to click, and click, and click. I'm going to make a very sloppy Hectogon.

With the Direct Selection Tool(white arrow), you can choose the corners of the hectogon to move it around. By moving the anchor points you can create very bizarre shapes.

If you move the cursor along the line, the cursor itself changes to the fountain pen icon with a plus sign which means that you can add the anchor point.

You can use the Direct Selection Tool to move a new anchor point if need it. Now, this is the real bonus of the pen tool. It's what's called Bezier Curves. If you return to the pen tool and hover over the anchor point, press Alt and the cursor will change to a sort of carrot shape, like an upside-down V.  While we got that selected, click and drag, you can see some guides along the way. Now we will create a curve out of a single vector point.

An anchor point in terms of Illustrator where you can create curves along the way. You can do that for any anchor point in any object. Pen tool comes very handily in creating shapes that either look symmetrical look pleasing or just give you that more range of options it's something that takes a lot of time to get used to. With the Direct Selection Tool click on the anchor point, you can see that there are these bars that shoot out from the side. Choose one handle and click on the end of it, and drag it around, you can see that now it's got a bit of wave going. You can create shapes that are geometrical in concept and have a lot of control over them. That is the essentials of the pen tool.

You can really have fun with the pen tool. Thanks for reading the article I hope you liked it, and we’ll read on in the next one.😀😀              

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