Drawing with the Pen Tool

Learn the basics of drawing complicated paths using the Pen tool and a little dinosaur sample. To follow along the lesson, download the sample document here:

In this tutorial you will trace some parts of the dinosaur and learn how to:

  • create points and join them
  • undo your previous action
  • close the path, which makes it a shape of a free form
  • change the fill color of the closed path
  • make curved paths and control its curvature with the direction lines
  • convert the point into a corner point
  • split the direction lines and give a path an alternative direction
  • convert a corner point into a smooth point.

With a little practice, you will be able to create objects of any shape.

To consolidate your knowledge, practice in the sample document and retrace the little dinosaur.