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The Pen Tool

The Pen tool is the tool of choice when you want to create either straight lines or smooth curves. To start drawing, click the Drawing Mode button on the Tool Options palette when the Pen tool is active. You can then select any of three Segment Types: Line Segments, Point to Point, or Freehand. Use Line Segments for straight lines drawn singly or in a series of connected lines. Use Point to Point to create complex, smooth curves. Use Freehand to create curves you draw by hand, simply by dragging the mouse.

For simple raster lines and curves, it’s easiest to use Simple Mode. In Simple Mode, the only Pen tool mode available to you is Drawing Mode. If you want each mouse click or drag to add to a single line or curve, also select Contiguous. If instead you want mouse clicks to draw separate lines or curves, keep Contiguous unchecked.


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