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Lesson 9. Basic Pen Tool Techniques > Creating closed paths

Creating closed paths

Next, you’ll draw a closed path. Creating a closed path differs from creating an open path in the way that you end the path.

1.
Select the Pen tool ().

2.
Click point J to begin the path; then click point K and point L.

3.
To close the path, position the pointer over the starting point (point J), and click.

When you position the pointer over the starting point of a path (J), a small circle appears with the Pen tool, indicating that the path will be closed when you click.

Closing a path automatically ends the path. After the path closes, the Pen tool pointer again appears with a small x, indicating that your next click would start a new path.

4.
For more practice, draw another closed path, using the star-shape template.

5.
Examine the thumbnail in the Paths palette.

At this point, all of the paths you’ve drawn appear in the Straight Lines work path in the Paths palette. Each individual path on the Straight Lines path is called a subpath.


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