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Lesson 9. Basic Pen Tool Techniques > Drawing straight paths with multiple segm...

Drawing straight paths with multiple segments

So far, you’ve worked only with two-point paths. You can draw complex straight-segment paths with the Pen tool simply by continuing to add points. These segments and anchor points can be moved later, either individually or as a group.

Using the Pen tool (), click point E to begin the next path. Then, hold down Shift and click points F, G, H, and I. Holding down Shift as you click restricts the positions along 45° angles.


If you make a mistake while you’re drawing, choose Edit > Undo to undo the last-placed anchor point. Then try again.

End the path using one of the methods you’ve learned.

When a path contains more than one segment, you can drag individual anchor points to adjust individual segments of the path. You can also select all of the anchor points in a path to edit the entire path.

Select the Direct Selection tool ().

Click a segment of the zigzag path and drag to move the whole segment. As you drag, both anchor points for that segment move and the connecting segments adjust accordingly. The length and slope of the selected segment and the positions of the other anchor points do not change.

Select one of the individual anchor points on the path and drag it to a new position. Notice how this changes the adjacent segment or segments of the path.

Alt-click (Windows) or Option-click (Mac OS) to select the entire path. When an entire path is selected, all the anchor points are solid.

Dragging individual points

Alt/Option-clicking to select entire path

Drag the path to move the entire path without changing its shape.



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