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Chapter 5. Creating Lines and Shapes > Yet One Tool Beats Them All

Yet One Tool Beats Them All

Before I close this chapter, I want to leave you with a parting bit of wisdom. We've tackled all but one of Illustrator's drawing tools, and that remaining tool—the pen tool—is far and away the best of all. It is infinitely more flexible than the rectangle, ellipse, and other shape tools, and more precise than the pencil, paintbrush, and auto trace tools. (The pen tool is also mightier than the sword tool, but that's another story.) It is, in fact, the only tool you really need. There was a time when the pen, rectangle, and ellipse tools were all Illustrator offered—yet there wasn't a thing you couldn't draw. And if you use either Adobe Photoshop or InDesign, you know that they, too, use the same pen tool. So mastering the Illustrator pen can help you when working in other applications.

That's why the next chapter is so important. It shows you how to edit the paths you create with the tools in this chapter, and how to create more exacting shapes with the pen. These features require more work, but they'll reward your effort several times over.


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