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Using the Drawing Tools

Though the Shape and Line tools often give many drawing objects a head start, most vector artwork is the product of heavy Pencil and Pen tool use. If the Pencil tool is freedom, the Pen is precision. Both tools can create open or closed vector paths, and each has functions for modifying existing paths.

Pencil Tool

As its name implies, drawing with the Pencil tool is as familiar as drawing with a pencil. With this tool selected, simply click and drag; wherever the cursor travels, so does the path. Illustrator automatically creates an anchor point every time the path changes direction. This makes drawing easy, but it also tends to make overly complicated paths, with too many direction changes. See the “Modifying Paths” section for the tools and techniques of cleaning up and massaging paths.


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