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Lesson 5. Using Points and Paths > Using the Pen Tool

Using the Pen Tool

To really appreciate the power of FreeHand, you need to master (or at least get comfortable with) the Pen tool. As with any new artistic medium, you need to practice using the tool to get the feel of it. In the next task, you will practice using the Pen tool by drawing some simple shapes. The guides you placed on the page will help you place points as you draw the shapes. Once you get the feel of the Pen tool, you can advance to drawing the handlebars and the cyclist.

Although the Pen tool works differently than the Bezigon tool, you could have just as easily drawn the bicycle frame with the Pen tool, clicking to place each point as you did with the Bezigon tool. Where the Pen tool shines is in drawing curved paths. You’ll find that using the Pen tool is a two-handed operation: one hand drives the mouse, and the other presses the modifier keys, such as Alt or Option, on the keyboard. If using both hands is not possible or is uncomfortable, you can use the tool with one hand; it is just faster with two hands.


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