- 1 1. The Pen Tool
- 2 2. The bending tool
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Tools used in Adobe Illustrator and their uses
1. The Pen Tool
The Pen tool is one of the most powerful drawing tools in Illustrator. With this, you can create and edit the anchor points that make up paths. In this tutorial, you will learn the basics of drawing with precision using the Pen tool to create a straight and curved path.
How to use the Pen Tool
1. Basic drawing: points, angles and straight lines
Fixed route tracks are simple and require no more clicking to select anchor points. This will create corner lines and polygonal shapes.
Select the Pen Tool from the toolbar, or press P on the keyboard. Click on the canvas where you want the path to begin, then click again where you want the path to change direction. Keep doing this for a multi-angle track.
To make the shape, click on the starting point to close the path. If you hover the pointer over the starting point, a circle will appear. In a shape that has a lot of points, this is how you can define the starting point of a path.
Tip: To make angles in a row of 90 degrees or 45 degrees, hold down Shift while positioning the next point point. This will lock the cursor along one of those corners.
2. Drawing curves
The Pen Tool also offers the best sweeping curves. You can precisely control the curves with the knobs in the direction point.
When drawing a curve, click to add a point and drag in the direction you want to extend. This will extend the bezier handles to the opposite direction as well, affecting the path beyond the direction point. This creates a smooth curve.
To complete a shape, click back to the starting vector point. To curve the path behind it, click and drag the pointer. The original vector will retain its previous position and path.
Tip: Using the hot keys with the active Pen Tool, you can temporarily access other tools. Do this to change curved paths, change the vector point to the direction point of the curve, or add / delete points on the path.
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3. Direct selection tool
To access the Direct Selection tool (white arrow), press and hold the Command key. With this active tool, you can move the most careful points or handles or change the direction of the path.
To move a vector point: Click on the shape to see the vector points, then click a vector point to change it to a single position. Click and drag to move it without affecting the rest of the points.
To change the path: With the shape selected, just click and drag the path to change it. Just be aware that this will affect how vectors associated with the path behave, thus changing paths on other sides of the road that you select.
4. Anchor point tool
Use the Anchor Point tool to directly change and change the behavior of vector points. With the Pen tool selected, press an option to activate the anchor point tool.
Change vector point style: With a path or shape selected, click on the curve vector point to instantly change it to an angle. Click and drag to convert the corner point to a curved point.
Change the direction of the curve and unlock the handles for one-corner point laser: With one point selected, click and drag one of the handles on the vector to change the direction of one path. This also breaks the lock between this handle and its counterpart on the other side of the vector point.
5. More advice
To leave a track without committing in any way, press Escape or Enter / Return to stop sharing the path and start a new track.
Click and Move allows you to move a point to a more accurate location by clicking and holding the mouse button, then holding down the space key while moving the point.
The blue line that appears and changes as you create vector points and make them is called the rubber band. To turn it off or on again, press Command + Comma to enter preferences, then click Selection & Anchor Display in the left menu and click on the boxes next to the Enable Rubber Band.
2. The bending tool
Curvature is a more intuitive drawing tool that gives you the ability to create high definition paths without switching tools. With the Curvature tool, you focus on adding, editing, and removing anchor points to control the shape of a path.
1. How to start blending shapes
The simplest thing you can do with the Blend tool is to blend one shape with another through a certain number of steps. Draw a circle, press Opt / Alt + Shift and drag across the artboard to create a duplicate.
Now select both shapes and go to Object> Blend> Make (or press Cmd / Ctrl + Opt / Alt + B) to create a mix between the two. Illustrator will produce a virtual mix, which may not be what you want. To edit it, keep the blending selected and double-click the blending tool icon on the toolbar. Select specific steps and change the value.
If you select the “Preview” checkbox, you will be able to see the value’s effect on blending immediately. Be aware that blending works on both filled and tight shapes, as well as those that use transparency, making it a truly versatile tool.
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