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Lesson 9. Basic Pen Tool Techniques > About paths and the Pen tool

About paths and the Pen tool

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

Press P on the keyboard to select the Pen tool. Pressing Shift+P repeatedly toggles between the Pen and Freeform Pen tools. (In this lesson, you’ll stay with the regular Pen tool.)



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