Use the Pen Tool in Illustrator CS6

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Steps

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    You should open Adobe Illustrator and a document
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    Click the "Pen Tool" icon in the vertical menu on the left side of the window
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    The "Pen Tool" icon is a fountain pen.
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    You can draw straight lines by clicking once and then clicking another location on the canvas
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    Hover the cursor over the canvas
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    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.
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    Click the "Fill" color box in the toolbar to the left
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    Click a color
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    Click "OK"
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    The shape will be automatically filled.
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    Press "Ctrl" + "Z" to step back
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    You will come back to the blank canvas. You can also use "Pen Tool" to create curves.
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    To create a curve, click and drag somewhere on the canvas
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    This will create handles on either side of the anchor point.
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    Let go of the button
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    The handle will be created.
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    Click and drag somewhere to create another handle
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    You will form a curve between the two anchor points.
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    You can keep creating anchor points for a longer curve
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    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.
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    Click the "Selection Tool" black arrow
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    For more information, refer to our tutorial on using the "Selection Tool" and "Direct Selection Tool".
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    Press "Delete"
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    This will remove the object.
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    Click "Pen Tool"
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    Click and drag somewhere to create an anchor point with a handle
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    Click and drag a point on canvas again to create a convex curve
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    Hover over an anchor point at the end of a handle
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    Then, before creating your next anchor point, press "Alt" on the keyboard
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    This "breaks" the handle.
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    You can manipulate the direction and move the line upwards for the next curve
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    You can then click somewhere to continue to create your next curve as before
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    You can keep creating a wavy line
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    This will create a cloud shape or something else with rounded corners.
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    Double-click the "Fill" box in the toolbar
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    Click a color
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    Click "OK"
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    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.
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    Press "Ctrl" + "Z" several times to step back
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    You can adjust "Pen Tool" settings at the top of the window by clicking the drop-down menus.
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    Click the "Fill" drop-down menu in the upper-left corner
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    You will be able to select a color.
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    You can also click the "Stroke" drop-down menu to change the stroke color
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    You can change your stroke thickness
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    You can do that by clicking the up and down buttons next to "Stroke".
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    You can click the fourth drop-down menu at the top
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    By that, you can also change the line thickness and shape.
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    Let's click "Width Profile 2"
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    Click several times on the canvas to draw lines
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    Some parts of the line will be thinner or thicker.
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    Let's increase thickness by clicking the up arrow in the "Stroke" option
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    Draw a curve
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    It will be thicker.
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    Click the fourth drop-down menu to change the thickness and shape of the line
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    Click "Width Profile 4"
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    Draw a line on the canvas
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    You will see how it changes according to the width profile. In this case, there will be a retro effect.
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    Click "Pen Tool"
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    Click somewhere on the canvas
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    The options at the top will be brought up. They will be changed back to the default settings.
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    Click the fifth drop-down menu
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    This option gives more options with different brushes.
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    Click the "Opacity" drop-down menu
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    100 % is the default setting, which creates completely opaque lines.
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    Click another percentage to create a transparent line
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    Alternatively, you can type the value in the input box. Let's type "53".
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    If you draw lines now, you will note that their opacity will be changed
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    Click the "Style" drop-down menu
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    You can choose the style for the line. Continue to experiment with the shapes, styles, and curves.
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