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Chapter 5. Drawing > Points and Paths

Points and Paths

Why is it that the most important things in life are often the most difficult to learn? Drawing by manipulating Bezier paths—the geometric construct used to represent path shapes in most of today’s vector drawing programs—is one of those difficult things. When we first approached FreeHand and Illustrator, the process of drawing by placing points and manipulating control handles struck us as alien, as nothing like drawing at all. Then we started to catch on.

In many ways, we had been drawing lines from the point of view of everything but the line; in a Bezier-path-drawing program such as InDesign, we draw lines from the point of view of the line itself. This is neither better nor worse; it’s just different and takes time to get used to. If you’ve just glanced at the Pen tool and are feeling confused, we urge you to stick with it. Start thinking like a line.


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