Pen Tool5:08 with Ashley Burke
Learn component parts of creating vector objects: paths, open/closed paths, curves, anchor points, and how to edit and draw using the pen tool.
[MUSIC] 0:00 In this section, we'll create an illustrated graphic logo. 0:05 Beginning with the sketch, we'll bring it all the way to a finished vector 0:09 illustration with typography using basic drawing and shape tools. 0:13 Before we get started on the logo, 0:19 let's go over some basics on how to use the pin tool. 0:22 The pin tool is considered the most important and valued tool in Illustrator. 0:27 It's going to allow you to draw lines and shapes with absolute precision. 0:32 So let's go to our pin tool in the tool bar over here. 0:38 The shortcut key for that is P. 0:42 Let's go ahead and expand this menu so 0:44 we can have it in front of us it's nice. 0:48 And so you know P is the pin tool. 0:52 This is the Add Anchor Point Tool. 0:55 Which is plus. 0:58 Minus is the Delete Anchor Point Tool. 0:59 And the Anchor Point Tool is Shift+C. 1:03 Also Option, while you're drawing. 1:07 Let's go ahead and start. 1:10 So to draw a line, let's hit down once, that creates a point, which is a vector. 1:12 Hold down Shift, that's gonna constrain our proportions. 1:20 And it constrains it to straight. 1:24 It also constrains to 45. 1:26 And you can see that now in Illustrator CC it previews the path for 1:29 you, which is fabulous, so I'm going to click down here. 1:34 And click off, you can click off by going to another tool. 1:40 Maybe the selection tool, you can also command click to deselect the object. 1:44 Okay so now this time lets draw another line. 1:51 But we are going to draw a curve. 1:54 So a curve is gonna happen where your anchor points are. 1:56 When you click down, click and hold and 2:01 drag and you're gonna have two direction handles come out. 2:04 These are going to determine the length and angle of your curve. 2:10 We can just keep drawing so I'm going to click and pull and drag. 2:17 Oh, undo, I didn't. 2:19 So click and pull and drag. 2:22 Click here. 2:27 So I'm just coming around and when I get to my next point I'm pulling and dragging. 2:29 Okay. 2:36 And when I'm ready to close my shape off, if you come up here you'll see that little 2:37 closer clip here so that means you're on the anchor point. 2:41 And you can close your shape. 2:46 Fantastic. 2:50 If I wanted to remove a point, I can hover my pen tool over any point. 2:52 And click once. 2:59 That would remove a point and hit undo. 3:02 If I wanted to add a point I just need to hover my pen tool over the path 3:05 until the plus sign appears I click once it's added. 3:10 If I want to edit that I can so there are a couple of ways to edit points. 3:15 I want to go over to my Direct Selection tool. 3:24 If you want to move individual points, I recommend using the Direct Selection tool. 3:27 You can also use this to move your direction handles. 3:32 Just kind of messing around here so you can see how that works. 3:42 Another fun trick that's new to CC is if you are drawing and 3:49 you hold down space bar when you're closing your shape, hold down space bar, 3:54 it allows you to move that point which is both your beginning and ending point. 3:59 So that's pretty rad. 4:05 And if I'm not happy with this curve, I can go to my Anchor Point Tool. 4:08 Click on the anchor and mess with it. 4:14 So you can see with my Anchor Point Tool or with my Direct Selection Tool, 4:18 I can click one handle Here. 4:23 >> So, that can be helpful to sort of break that curve. 4:30 >> Last, but not least, one of the coolest functions that is also 4:37 new to the pin tool, is if you have the anchor point tool selected. 4:42 And you hover it over the path, 4:48 it gives you an option that you can pull and curve this way. 4:50 Isn't that amazing? 4:56 So, next 4:57 we're going to play with the pencil tool, and see what new features it has in store. 5:02
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