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Chapter 4. Creating Paths > Creating Free-Form Shapes with the Pencil Tool

Creating Free-Form Shapes with the Pencil Tool

For most people, the most intuitive method of drawing paths in Illustrator is by using the Pencil tool. A couple of versions back, Adobe revised the Pencil tool so that not only can you draw paths with it, but you also can use it to edit existing paths. Illustrator draws a dotted line behind the Pencil tool as you go, so you can see the shape you're creating.

Drawing Paths

To create a path with the Pencil tool, just click and drag. The dotted line that trails behind the cursor as you go shows the shape of the path that's being created (see Figure 4.11). To close the path automatically with a straight segment, hold down Option [Alt] as you draw and let go at the point where you want the straight segment to begin.


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