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Illustrator Tutorial: Pen Tool

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umm, can we have an Illustrator tutorial category? :P

This is an in-depth beginner tutorial of the Adobe Illustrator pen tool. All you need to get started and a little more (considering you already have illustrator). I want to do a couple more about predicting where curves will go, and how to CG. Depends on how this goes I guess.

This should all work for several versions, maybe as far back as 7.0... I made it in CS and tested it in 10 so I know those work.
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hiteacher's avatar
I would like a copy of the above handout to show my student but can't get a copy to print. Do you have an electronic copy I can use with my special education student as I am trying to assist him in learning Illustrator and the Pen tool?
mirishka10's avatar
brilliant. thank you.
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RussianBustHobbyist
thanks for the tutorial friend :D
Yahavage's avatar
YahavageHobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you so much for this - I'm just learning how to use this, and this tutorial has been by far the most useful one I have found on the internet. I feel like I may be able to get the hang of this now ^^

Thanks :D
Apres8's avatar
Thanks! Very helpful!
Bhiqm's avatar
but.. how can I traze the traze with a brush??

srry 4 my english XDD

es k hablo español!
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belitucaProfessional Interface Designer
gosh, it was so many time without drawing with freehand or illustrator i really forgot how it goes ^^UU i feel stupid...


thanks a lot ^^UU
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Silver-SolaceHobbyist General Artist
FINALLY! I found help for the pen tool. Than you soooo much ;A;! You have no idea how confused I was about it!
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OspreySoulStudent Digital Artist
Thanks for a great tutorial! I'm positive I learned this in my Graphic Design class, but this was a good refresher. :]
gothicpsyche's avatar
This is an awesome tutorial -- thank you for explaining Illustrator pen tool basics. I've had the Illustrator program for months but haven't gotten around to using it. This would really help me out! ;)
Siamese-Kittyn's avatar
VERY useful. I've been looking for a good tutorial for the Illustrator pen for hours. Thank you!
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KHCloudStrife's avatar
i'd like to ask, i have many un-closed paths on my lineart
is there a way to combine them all
into one whole path?
so i can fill my things =3
this is my first time with illustrator and it is very different from photoshop.
so the path things have me confused and how to work the pen tool as well.
any help would be great
thanks =3
AaronMcPolin's avatar
I know ey! ive just started illustrator too and im having the same problem!
KHCloudStrife's avatar
I figured it out a while ago, but I forget. I think you have to click the one of the two anchorcs and connect them with another anchor.
AaronMcPolin's avatar
ah right, thankyou, its not an easy program to learn ey!
KHCloudStrife's avatar
you'll get used to it xP
megamello's avatar
thanks, this seems to be really exhaustive for a Illustrator newcomer!
ravenas's avatar
I feel much more confident in making the jump from Photoshop to Illustrator now. Thanks!
helenik's avatar
perfect i love the idea keep going
Della-Stock's avatar
This is exactly what I need. I just hope that I will be able to understand it and make it work.
yonkie's avatar
file is unavailable ?
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airyh Digital Artist
do more illustrator tutorial, plis...
i lyke urs...
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babawier's avatar
Thanks mate. I'm about two years too late it seems. This tutorial pushed me over the edge from lost and alone to actually having some clue. My thanks.

B.
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