Questions about the tool present in image editing software. The pen gives direct control over Bézier curves by allowing the direct placement of anchor points and Bézier handles.

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How to Draw Perfect Curves in AI?

A perfect curve looks something like this image: When I try to draw a similar curve shape in Illustrator, I couldn't get the above effect. It's just about 85% perfect. As you see closely, there are ...
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How to draw a smooth line (small in some places, large in others) like in this image

Check the image I attached above. I need to design a different logo. But need to draw it like this one because both the logos will be placed together (they need to match). So, anyone know how to draw ...
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What preparations can be done to a photo to make it a little easier to then illustrate?

I'm working on a program that will require a lot of flat styled vectored images. I'm very comfortable with Photoshop but fall short in the artistic department. I've been practicing and am happy with ...
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How to draw a precise angle with pen tool in Photoshop?

Is it possible to draw a precise angle with the pen tool in Adobe Photoshop CS6? By using Shift key it is easy to draw 45° or 90° but I need for example 37.45°.
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Is there a way to imitate a pencil or pen in illustrator?

I'm working with illustrations and I realized that it's easier to draw lines in Illustrator and combine them in Photoshop with other effects and textures. The problem is that I cannot find a way to ...
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How do I keep edged flush when tracing with the pen tool in Illustrator?

I'm just learning how to trace images with the pen tool in Illustrator -how do you trace when you have lines protruding from the whole (a line that offshoots) or when you have two objects which need ...
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How to move one bezier anchor point while keeping the direction locked?

In below image I'd like to move the position of the green anchor point along the green dotted line (I freehanded in there, image it's a straight extension of the anchor point handle's line). I'd like ...
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Fill shape created using “Pen Tool”

I have created an Arc using Pen Tool in a new layer. I want to fill and the convert it into a shape for further manipulation. I tried "Ctrl + left click" on layer to select the stroke as well as ...
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How can I create a custom shape with round edges on Photoshop CS6?

I'm trying to create a custom shape overlay in the navigation bar similar to the example below. I'm struggling with trying to create the radius around the bottom edges. I'm not too great with the ...
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How can I create a double helix?

I want to create intersected curved line like this , I use Pen Tool but can not get the same as this , and searched a lot for already built through google , but all I got were curve lines not like ...
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How to make a series of rectangles follow a pen path

I am trying to get a series of shapes (rectangles) to follow a path (sine wave) that I made with the pen tool, but I have no clue how to do that or if it is possible. I have tried warping a ...
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Having Difficulties With The Pen Tool In Photoshop CS6

I just upgraded to Photoshop CS6 from CS5.5 and I'm finding most of it is fairly similar so no problems there, the only issue I have is with the pen tool which is the thing I use the most. I do a lot ...
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How to create a sine wave with a given angle between the side of the wave?

I want to create this shape using Illustrator CC and maybe it could seem easy but actually it has to be perfect, the shape are basically two triangles and each one of them with 52 degrees of aperture. ...
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Can I change the pressure amount of a brush line –drawn by mouse pen- after I drew it?

I am using Illustrator for doing some calligraphy, and I am not really experienced with this program. I am using a mouse pen with pressure to draw/write calligraphy. My question is: Can I change the ...
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Stroke a path from thick to thin

I manage to stroke a path so that the brush goes thin -> thick -> thin along a path. Thing is though that I want the stroke to go thick -> thin, meaning I want the stroke to start at its thickest and ...
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Illustrator pen tool edges are way too sharp

I'm trying to draw a vector diamond with a tutorial, but when I connect two anchor points the corner becomes extremely sharp. Why is that happening? Here's an example of what's happening Thanks.
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How do I use the pen tool to draw an open line?

In Photoshop, how does one create the below single-line zig zag effect, per the instructions? Every time I have completed a work path, it will join one end to the other, so the stroke I apply after ...
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Photoshop Pen Tool fills outside of path

When using the Pen Tool in shape mode, the shape is filled outside of the path instead of the inside. How do I make the Pen Tool fill the inside?
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Stop two different paths from connecting at the same point - Illustrator

I was wondering if anybody knew how to stop two different paths from connecting when they meet at the same point in Illustrator while using the pen tool. It's quite the annoyance when they do it when ...
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Trouble with closing pen tool lines in Illustrator for vector illustration

I’ve had experience with drawing in Photoshop, but never tried vector artwork in Illustrator before. I drew this illustration using separate pen tool lines for the majority of the outlines (her ...
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A gap between lines of joined path in illustrator [duplicate]

I have created a logo with pen tool in illustrator but between lines (where they intersect with each other) there is shown a gap where it gets the color of the background. Something like this: (Black ...
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Pen stroke width keeps changing

I'm having trouble with the pen tool as it won't stay at the stroke width that I set it to. It seems at some points of the image it accepts my settings and others it automatically resets to 1 pt and ...
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Tracing logic behind the pen tool / bezier curve

One of the strategies I employ when using the Pen Tool in Illustrator to trace something is to use as few nodes as possible to make the curves as smooth as possible. I'm often surprised by what curve ...
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How to equalize any 2-point curve in illustrator

I'm in the process of building a custom logotype, drawing each character using a combination of the shapes, the pathfinder and the pen tool and I am currently crafting the 'B' character. I would like ...
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In Illustrator, how do you branch off from an existing line with the pen tool?

I am just starting to try graphic design. I created a shape, and want to make a new line branching off from a point on that shape. I noticed the + sign next to the pen icon and it creates a new anchor,...
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Turning Multiple Vector Paths into a Solid Object/Image

I'm having troubles trying to figure out how to make a complete object/image with NO pen tool paths or anchors etc... I have a vector tree... theres lots of completed paths/shapes but still in path ...
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Avoid pen tool from modifying another path in After Effects CC?

Sometimes when drawing a path using the Pen Tool in After Effects when I want to click in a place that is near another path a plus sign appears to the pen and modifies that path if I click. How can I ...
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How do I use the pen tool for just one anchor point?

It is quite hard to explain in words so I will show screenshots of what i would like. This is a screenshot of what happens when I drag with the pen tool. This is what I would like to happen. ...
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Can I prevent the screen from scrolling when dragging a vector path in Illustrator?

Sometimes, when I'm drawing a vector path with the pen tool, I need to drag the line further than I have screen space, and this makes the screen scroll down, which makes me lose focus on what I'm ...
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How can I draw line drawings with the pen tool but with rounded edges?

I understand how to draw shapes with sharp corners using the pen tool, but what I cannot figure out is how to draw shapes in line drawings with rounded edges. For example here is my drawing in solid,...
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How do I create curved edges in Illustrator using the Pen tool?

When creating illustrations, I have seen recently there is this new rounded edges trend going on in the design world like in this image here and I was wondering if anyone knew how to do this with ...
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Creating nice curves with InDesign

I am trying to create nice looking curves with InDesign, but I can't get a good result using the Pen tool. What I want is something like the curves in the following pictures on top and below the ...
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How can I easily deselect a path after creating it in Illustrator?

I want to use the pen tool in Adobe Illustrator to make hair strands for a vexel portrait. I have to make hundreds of strands. The problem is that I would like to use the pen tool to make two anchor ...
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Illustrator pen auto-correction on Photoshop

Illustator has a nice effect on it pencil tool : curve auto-correction. When you draw line, it automatically correct your hand, making it more neat and round. Sadly, I don't see this option on the ...
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How can I use a clipping mask on a pen tool?

I used the pen tool to make a basic graphic in foreground. Then created a background using the blend tool with three different colors. source1 Then with both objects I made a clipping masks and ...
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Drawing Straight Lines with Pen Tool

I have just installed photoshop and have, as an exercise , tried to design this logo. I am stuck at trying to make one of those 8 rounded triangle shapes.I have used the pen tool to draw the upper ...
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Direct select multiple anchor points in Sketch 3

What is the most efficient way to select multiple anchor points in Sketch 3? I'm an Ai user and I want to instinctively toggle between the direct selection and pen tools and just click and drag - can ...
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Create a non-closed shape with Photoshop Pen Tool

If I want to draw a nice line with the Pen Tool in Photoshop, I make a path and then stroke it. However, the stroked path is not a vector now. When I create a shape instead, it must be closed before I ...
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How to draw a squiggly in Photoshop?

I'm trying to draw a squigly line exactly like the one in the picture to be used as in illustration featuring Styrofoam peanuts. I've tried the pen tool (with my amateurish skills) and I've even ...
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Link corners (draw hypotenuse) of rectangle using pen tool

I can draw rectangle using pen tool. Is there any way to draw a hypotenuse while drawing rectangle without manually doing it using line tool?
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Brush tool that only moves points in Illustrator?

Is there a tool similar to the warp tool but only to move points without smoothing lines? The nearest example would be the soft vertex selection tool found in 3D programs. A shape is modified within ...
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how continue a path from one point by using pen tools in illustrator?

I use pen tool to draw around of shapes in my sketch in illustrator , during drawing I do wrong and the path is closed , I want to continue from one point of this path but I don't know how do it ...
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Why aren't my anchor points snapping to guidelines?

I've been using Photoshop CS3 for quite some time in my work, but this one has really bugged me. When I have created a vector shape with the Pen tool, as I want to move those anchor points precisely ...
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How to put text onto multiple pen tool subpaths in Photoshop

I just spent quite a while making all sorts of paths with the pen tool, and splitting each one up into a subpath by holding control and clicking after each one was drawn. It all looks good, but when I ...
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The pen tool in PS is applying curves when I did not tell it to. Hard to explain, check out attached images

So I am using the pen tool to trace a selection, but it is being weird. So I put the line down and made a bit of a curve by holding down and moving the mouse. Then I move my pen tool around, ...
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Need help making a fillable shape

I am trying to make this shape and want it to be fillable: (file can be dowloaded here: bit.ly/1SYJOfU as pdf or in Illustrator). I know Photoshop a little bit, Illustrator far less! I'd like ...
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Illustrator CC Snap to Grid with Pen Tool Not Working Correctly

This is my first time using Illustrator CC and I'm just trying to draw some simple shapes with the pen tool and snap to grid turned on. It's a bit hard to see the grid in the image, but I've zoomed ...
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Pen tool in Photoshop not becoming larger

How do i create a larger or smaller stroke using the pen tool in adobe photoshop?
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Shortcut keys to switch between path and shape section of pen tool in Photoshop

I use pen tool a lot to create custom shapes and sometimes add a new path to the existing vector mask, but I only know to choose at the tool bar to switch between the two. Is there any quicker way to ...
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Delete path of two anchor points, but not the anchors themselves

I am trying to change the path of a two anchors. I have tried grouping the two anchors I do not want connecting together and goto Object>Path>Divide Objects Below, but nothing happens. I get the ...