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Illustrator Tutorial: Pen Tool by pwg Illustrator Tutorial: Pen Tool by pwg
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 Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2013
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 Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2011
brilliant. thank you.
RussianBust Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2011
thanks for the tutorial friend :D
Yahavage Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional 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 Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2010
Thanks! Very helpful!
Bhiqm Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2009
but.. how can I traze the traze with a brush??

srry 4 my english XDD

es k hablo español!
belituca Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2008  Professional 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
Silver-Solace Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
FINALLY! I found help for the pen tool. Than you soooo much ;A;! You have no idea how confused I was about it!
OspreySoul Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2008  Student 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 Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2008
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 Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2008
VERY useful. I've been looking for a good tutorial for the Illustrator pen for hours. Thank you!
crazykira Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2007
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KHCloudStrife Featured By Owner May 30, 2007
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 Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2007
I know ey! ive just started illustrator too and im having the same problem!
KHCloudStrife Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2007
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 Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2007
ah right, thankyou, its not an easy program to learn ey!
KHCloudStrife Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2007
you'll get used to it xP
megamello Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2007
thanks, this seems to be really exhaustive for a Illustrator newcomer!
ravenas Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2007
I feel much more confident in making the jump from Photoshop to Illustrator now. Thanks!
helenik Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2007
perfect i love the idea keep going
Della-Stock Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2006
This is exactly what I need. I just hope that I will be able to understand it and make it work.
yonkie Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2006
file is unavailable ?
airyh Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2006   Digital Artist
do more illustrator tutorial, plis...
i lyke urs...
babawier Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2006
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.

deelo Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2005  Hobbyist General Artist
Excellent read. Very informative!
Thanks a lot for this! :D
QuietLittleLeaf Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2005  Professional Digital Artist

I also enjoy checking out fellow artist made tutorials rather than the yucky included ones that are long and most of the unuseful for very basic things....but anyhow this is awesome. I enjoy how you listed the icons of the tools (always helps when things are unclear) and how indepth your explinations (AS WELL AS THE HAND TIP!!!) I just have one question:

I just got Adobe Illustraor with CS2 and was hoping to use it for making clean lineart...however I'm making it from fully painted scanned art; does it matter or make a difference if I use sublayers or new layers? Anyways I'm going to go experiment, so if that question was strange I'm sorry, this is a new medium for me!
aeKju Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2004
this is very similar to the photoshop pen tool, except the bezier curves :)
pwg Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2004  Hobbyist General Artist
Actually they are the same, including the bezier curves, that's just a technical tidbit they don't tell you in the manuals.
kokolizo Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2004
I just got AI CS so i'm definitly downloading this.

I agree with the Illustrator tut. category. I mean, i know thats what the misc. cat. is there for but this way if someone is looking for an Illustrator tut they won't have to search the whole Misc category. Maybe there should be an OC tut category also, i've seen many OC tut out there or peapole asking for one, so that would be helpfull, but that's another thing..anyways.. thnx for this.
PrimaryVIVID Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2004
I'll DL this for sure :D
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