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On your own

In this lesson, you used the pencil tool to draw a flower shape. You can also use the pen tool to draw that shape. You can try recreating the flower with the pen tool as an experiment, so that you can compare the two methods.

1.
Make sure that the Snap to Document Grid command is not selected on the View menu.

2.
In the Layers palette, click the eye icons ( ) for all layers. Then click the square to the far left of the Template 7 layer and the Practice layer to display the eye icons, so that they are the only visible layers. Then select the Practice layer so that it is targeted.

3.
In the document window, scroll or zoom if necessary so that you can easily see all of the numbers and colored direction-line guidelines on the flower template.

4.
Select the pen tool (). Then click and drag from point 1 to point 12 to set anchor points, each time aligning the direction lines with the red lines and dots on the template layer.

5.
After you draw through point 12, remember to look for the small loop next to the pointer before you click point 1 again. This ensures that your final click will close the shape. When you drag from this final anchor point, drag over the blue line and dot on the template for point 1, not the red ones.

6.
In the Layers palette, click the eye icon for the Template 7 layer to hide it.

7.
In the toolbox, select the Fill box (), and then in the Swatches palette select TRUMATCH 25-c1.

8.
Press X to select the Stroke box () in the toolbox, and then in the Swatches palette select [None].


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