You're watching VisiHow. This tutorial will show you how to use "Pen Tool" in Adobe Illustrator CS6 in Windows 7.
You should open Adobe Illustrator and a document
Click the "Pen Tool" icon in the vertical menu on the left side of the window
The "Pen Tool" icon is a fountain pen.
You can draw straight lines by clicking once and then clicking another location on the canvas
Hover the cursor over the canvas
Illustrator will suggest where to click to connect your lines and create a geometric shape. In this case, Illustrator shows us how to draw a right-angle triangle.
Click the "Fill" color box in the toolbar to the left
The shape will be automatically filled.
Press "Ctrl" + "Z" to step back
You will come back to the blank canvas. You can also use "Pen Tool" to create curves.
To create a curve, click and drag somewhere on the canvas
This will create handles on either side of the anchor point.
The handle will be created.
Click and drag somewhere to create another handle
You will form a curve between the two anchor points.
You can keep creating anchor points for a longer curve
You can easily draw a wavy line. You have to experiment and get used to the tool, which can be quite tricky. You can also create a wavy line with all of the curves facing the same way.
This will remove the object.
Click and drag somewhere to create an anchor point with a handle
Click and drag a point on canvas again to create a convex curve
Hover over an anchor point at the end of a handle
Then, before creating your next anchor point, press "Alt" on the keyboard
This "breaks" the handle.
You can manipulate the direction and move the line upwards for the next curve
You can then click somewhere to continue to create your next curve as before
You can keep creating a wavy line
This will create a cloud shape or something else with rounded corners.
Double-click the "Fill" box in the toolbar
When you click a color in the dialogue box, the area between the curves will be automatically filled. Keep in mind that this action does not close the path.
Press "Ctrl" + "Z" several times to step back
You can adjust "Pen Tool" settings at the top of the window by clicking the drop-down menus.
Click the "Fill" drop-down menu in the upper-left corner
You will be able to select a color.
You can also click the "Stroke" drop-down menu to change the stroke color
You can change your stroke thickness
You can do that by clicking the up and down buttons next to "Stroke".
You can click the fourth drop-down menu at the top
By that, you can also change the line thickness and shape.
Let's click "Width Profile 2"
Click several times on the canvas to draw lines
Some parts of the line will be thinner or thicker.
Let's increase thickness by clicking the up arrow in the "Stroke" option
Click the fourth drop-down menu to change the thickness and shape of the line
Draw a line on the canvas
You will see how it changes according to the width profile. In this case, there will be a retro effect.
Click somewhere on the canvas
The options at the top will be brought up. They will be changed back to the default settings.
Click the fifth drop-down menu
This option gives more options with different brushes.
Click the "Opacity" drop-down menu
100 % is the default setting, which creates completely opaque lines.
Click another percentage to create a transparent line
Alternatively, you can type the value in the input box. Let's type "53".
If you draw lines now, you will note that their opacity will be changed
Click the "Style" drop-down menu
You can choose the style for the line. Continue to experiment with the shapes, styles, and curves.
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