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Chapter 4. Drawing with the Pen tool > Creating straight lines

Creating straight lines

In Lesson 3, “Transforming Objects,” you discovered that using the Shift key in combination with shape tools constrains the shape of objects you create using Illustrator. This is also true with the Pen tool, except that the procedure constrains the paths you create in multiples of 45°.

In this part of the lesson, you will learn how to draw straight lines.

1.
Open the file named L4strt_02.ai from the Lesson04 folder, located inside the Lessons folder within the AICIB folder on your hard drive. The top portion of the artboard shows the path that you will create. Use the bottom half of the page for this exercise.

2.
Choose File > Save As. In the Save As window, navigate to the Lesson04 folder and open it. Type path2.ai in the File name text field. In the Save as Type drop-down menu, choose Adobe Illustrator (.AI). In the Illustrator Options window, leave the default settings and choose OK.

3.
Select the Pen tool () and click once in the work area of the page.

4.
Hold down the Shift key and click about an inch to the right of the original anchor point. Note that if you are not in the exact straight line position, that you are snapped to that point.

5.
While holding down the Shift key, click with the mouse and try to replicate the path in the exercise file.

Hold down the Shift key while clicking to constrain the path.

6.
Choose File > Save and close the file.

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