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The Non-Designer’s Illustrator Book by John Tollett, Robin Williams

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5. Drawing with Pen and Pencil

The image below is pretty much what my first Pen tool drawing in Illustrator looked like. I was convinced that nothing useful could possibly be done with that crazy thing.

But the Pen tool is Illustrator’s primary tool, so you really need to master it. The truth is, you just need to understand a few basic concepts about vector paths and how to manipulate them.

This chapter is filled with Pen (and Pencil) tool tasks that will reveal vector truths and make known the vector path to tranquility and artiness.

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Pen tool basic training

The Pen tool draws a path between clicks. It’s that simple. If you just click here and ...

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