Learning the Basics of the Illustrator Pen Tool3:40 with Mat Helme
In this Adobe Illustrator CS6 Quick Tip we’ll take a look at using the Pen Tool and all its features. From creating a simple object to altering the anchor points of the object. We will also go over adding and removing points with the Add Anchor Point Tool and Delete Anchor Point Tool. Also, we'll take a look at the Convert Anchor Point Tool. We then take a look at the importance of bezier curves and how we can manipulate them with the pen tool.
[Treehouse presents] 0:00 [Quick Tips][Learning the Basics of the Pen Tool in Adobe Illustrator][with Mat Helme] 0:02 Hey, what's up—Mat Helme here with a Treehouse Quick Tip: 0:06 Learning the basics with the Pen tool in Adobe Illustrator CS6. 0:09 To begin, let's grab the Pen tool from the Tools Panel and drag out all of the Pen tools. 0:13 You can do this by selecting the Pen tool, 0:18 selecting the drag-out arrow, 0:21 and then positioning the Pen tools. 0:25 Now, by default, we've grabbed the Pen tool, 0:28 so with the Pen tool, let's make sure we have no stroke and a solid color for a fill. 0:30 Let's create 4 points with the 4th point meeting our original point. 0:38 Now you can see that we've created a shape with the Pen tool. 0:43 Now, say if I want to add a point to this object, 0:47 I can do this by grabbing the Add Anchor Point, selecting it, and then selecting the path to our object. 0:50 Now you can clearly see that there are 5 points. 0:57 When I grab the Selection tool, I can grab that 5th point, drag it out, and alter our object. 1:01 Now say if I want this object to only have 3 points, 1:07 I could then grab the Delete Anchor Point tool and delete 2 of the points, 1:09 thus leaving us with 3 points in our object. 1:16 Now say if we want our object to have curves to it; 1:21 we can do this by using the Convert Anchor Point tool. 1:23 Select one of the points, hold down, and drag out; 1:29 this creates a Bézier curve. 1:34 Now when you hold Shift, it'll actually straighten out your point. 1:39 Let's go ahead and delete that object, grab the Pen tool— 1:46 you can use a shortcut by simply selecting 'P'— 1:50 press and hold down and drag out, and you can see that this point now has a Bézier curve. 1:53 Release, now make another point directly below it and—again—drag out. 1:59 You can see we've made another Bézier curve. 2:08 Now if I want to get rid of that, 2:10 I can simply select Alt, select that point, 2:13 and get rid of the Bézier curve on the left side, 2:16 thus making this a straight line. 2:20 Now, this works the same with a Bézier curve. 2:25 Again, if I use the Pen tool, select and drag out, and again make another point, select and drag out, 2:29 I can now take the Alt key and grab the handle to that Bézier curve and then alter it. 2:37 Like so. 2:48 Now with using the Pen tool, I can also hold Shift and make straight lines or at a 45-degree angle; 2:52 this comes in handy—say—if you're trying to make a house icon. 2:57 I would select with the Pen tool, hold Shift, go straight, make another point, go directly above it while holding Shift, 3:01 select another point and—again—still holding shift the whole time, creating our object. 3:10 While holding Shift throughout the whole object, 3:28 you can see that it makes perfect lines. 3:30 That—my friends—is how you use the Pen tool in Adobe Illustrator CS6. 3:35
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