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Chapter 3. Creating Graphics > Drawing Curves with the Pen Tool

Drawing Curves with the Pen Tool

The Pen tool can be used to draw precise and complex curves by simply clicking and dragging it on the Stage. These curves can be modified with precision by adjusting the Bézier handles that extend from the anchor points, or you can move the anchor points themselves. In this way, you can create any number of shape variations. For best results, make the grid visible so aligning anchor points isn't such a mystery.

Create Curved Line Segments

Click the Pen tool in the Toolbar.

The pointer becomes a pen.

Click on the Stage without releasing the mouse, drag up, and then release the mouse.

Position the pointer to the right of the original point, drag in the opposite direction of the curve, and then release the mouse when the curve is where you want it.

Continue adding points as needed. To end the path, double-click or return to the last anchor point drawn and click on it.

Did You Know?

You can select to Show Precise Cursors instead of the Tool icons in the General tab of the Preferences dialog box. When this option is selected, drawing tools, such as the Pen tool, appear as crosshairs for better precision and alignment to grids and guides.


Create S-Curves

Click the Pen tool in the Toolbar.

The pointer becomes a pen.

Click on the Stage without releasing the mouse, drag down, and then release the mouse.

Position the pointer to the right of the original point, drag in the same direction as the first drag, and then release the mouse when the curve is where you want it.

Continue adding points as needed. To end the path, double-click or return to the last anchor point drawn and click on it.

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