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I am trying to draw a snake on Illustrator and I want it to have smooth and rounded edges, but I am struggling to achieve that perfectly with the pen tool.

I have included a close up to illustrate what I'm talking about. The pen tool is a little hard to get the hang of when you need a precise shape or so it seems.enter image description here

I know I can use the free hand pencil tool but I want to learn to use the pen tool,

Thank you

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Click and drag when you begin a path, and also when you close the path. This will make the join a smooth anchor rather than a corner anchor.

Example

Example

Alternatively, if you've already accidentally made a corner anchor, select the anchor with the Direct Selection Tool A, and change the anchor to a smooth anchor by clicking on the "Convert selected anchor points to smooth" button in the tool options along the top.

Example

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  • thank you so much!!! I will familiarize myself with this now. – Léna Jul 18 '20 at 1:08
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You can play around with the Smooth Tool which does precisely that, it smooths out rough corners in a path. Double click the tool icon to reach the settings, where you can adjust how accurate you need it to be.

There is also something called Simplify Path which could possibly help if you have many of these 'kinks'.

A lot of Youtube videos about these, so do some research.

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  • Thank you so much for the tip and encouragement! I will look some tutorials up now that you both have helped me with some of the terminology! – Léna Jul 18 '20 at 1:10

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