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Lesson 7. Basic Pen Tool Techniques > Drawing paths with the pen tool

Drawing paths with the pen tool

The pen tool draws straight and curved lines called paths. A path is any line or shape you draw using the pen, magnetic pen, or freeform pen tool. Of these tools, the pen tool draws paths with the greatest precision; the magnetic pen and freeform pen tools let you draw paths as if you were drawing with a pencil on paper.

Paths can be open or closed. Open paths have two distinct endpoints. Closed paths are continuous; for example, a circle is a closed path. The type of path you draw affects how it can be selected and adjusted. Paths that have not been filled or stroked do not print when you print your artwork. (This is because paths are vector objects that contain no pixels, unlike the bitmap shapes drawn by the pencil and other painting tools.)


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