Adobe Illustrator Pen Tool Tutorial



In this Adobe Illustrator Tutorial we will be using our Anchor Point Guide to practice applying the Pen Tool. I do like teaching the Pen Tool in a 2-Step Process. It will feel like playing “connect the dots.” When you are following along, notice where the anchors are being placed.

Video #1: We will focus on the Pen Tool during the First Video.
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Video #2: Adding Brushes and Line Variation
Video #3: Editing Brushes

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Your focus should be first just Placing Anchors.
Look for:
1. Start or End of Lines.
2. Corners
2. Curves or Changes in Direction (Peak)

Once the Anchors are down then we can worry about curves. You can use the Anchor Point Tool (Shift + C) turn manually drag them into position. Note that each segment applies to a Brush Stroke that will be used along with our Brushes. If you are following along on the website, we complete the Adding Brushes + Editing Steps.

PEN TOOL
We are going through some different options for the pen tool. The few things to remember is to focus on getting down the anchors first. We have a lot of our tutorials that focus just on straight lines and placing anchors. The easy parts of the line are the start and end points which means you just have to look for changes in direction in the middle. Click and drag your mouse in the direction you want to go (slowly).

TROUBLESHOOTING
There are easy ways of approaching the pen tool. Start with straight lines and only look for changes in direction. Using your white arrow(A) select the point that look like they are curved and click on the smooth curves button. If your pen tool keeps adding a new anchor rather than a new line then make sure the line isn’t still selected. You will notice a + as you hover over the line if it thinks you want to add an anchor. Anchor Tool(Shift C) will reset and manually drag out each curve.

LINE VARIATION
The line variation can be simplified by looking at the ends of each of your lines. If it is floating out in space then it signals a tapered end. If the end point bumps up against another line or shape, this is a good signal that it should be wide. Use the stroke weight to adjust the thickness in areas to support the character and light source.

Coloring with Live Paint:
1. After you edit your Brushes. Expand.
2. Select All.
3. Go up to Object – Live Paint – Make.
(This will create the same Paint Bucket as in Adobe Photoshop. Click off of your subject before clicking on a color swatch.)
5. Live Paint Bucket (K) will point and click in your color.

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