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The Pen Tools

Although all the vector-creation tools in Illustrator produce paths and anchor points as they add objects to the artboard, one tool gives you extremely precise control over the creation process. The Pen tool enables you to place each anchor point individually as you work, deciding between corner and smooth points on the fly, using either a click (corner) or a drag (smooth). Three additional pen tools assist in the process—the Add Anchor Point, Delete Anchor Point, and Convert Anchor Point tools.

Creating Paths with the Pen Tool

There are a few simple concepts behind the Pen tool:


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