Questions tagged [pen-tool]

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

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If I'm using the pen tool in Photoshop to create a long, curved, line, is it possible to find the length of the line?

I have a map on Photoshop that I'm drawing a path on using the brush tool (with the spacing on the brush settings at 164% to make the lines dotted, if that matters at all.) I'd like to find out what ...
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Illustrator Pen Tool does not work and switches to a pencil with circle

I locked a layer. Afterwards, I can't use the pen tool because the cursor switches to a pencil and a circle with a line through it. I designed a fashion piece using illustrator and locked the layer ...
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round corner controller is not working in adobe illustrator

I am using a pen tool to draw a curve and I have made some sharp corners so that I can round it with a round controller. But only at some point, it shows a round controller and most of the point is ...
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Can you export pen tool work path from Photoshop to After Effects?

Is it possible to export a pen tool work path from Adobe Photoshop to Adobe After Effects? I know it's possible to export work paths to Illustrator but I just couldn't find a way to export it to ...
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Illustrator copy point

I am following instructions from a class, but the instructions seem to be very outdated. The instructions call to select the top point, and alt-drag that point to create branching "fingers". When I ...
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Replicate path curve illustrator

Is there a way to replicate the curve of one side of the path to the other? I want to make it symmetrical or do I use smart guides somehow to snap it to the same curve as the other side?
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Illustrator: Gaps in path stroke when I fill leaf shape with a color

So I used the pen tool to create this leaf. When I fill it, these 'gaps' appear where the strokes should be. How do I fix this? (I'm really new to illustrator) Thank you
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Only one direction handle on corner point?

I've been trying to find tutorials to help me understand direction handles in relation to corner points. The screenshot below shows a corner point and direction handle but it is only on one side? I ...
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Append scratch segment/curve on path

While building paths on Photoshop, to append the next curve/segment, one can either click the canvas or click the canvas while holding Alt. Holding Alt will prevent curve based on the existing path. ...
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Creating a fill on grouped paths using paint bucket tool

I am trying to use the live paint bucket tool on this skirt. I have grouped the whole skirt together and all the paths are closed but it isn't creating a fill.
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Stroke disappears when I hit command + J?

I am trying to join two paths together but when I hit command + J the stroke disappears?
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Convert anchor point tool one side curved one side straight

When working on a shape using the pen tool, I want to curve one side but keep the other side straight. However when I convert it curves both sides. I have previously remedied this by cutting the paths ...
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Illustrator pen tool issue [duplicate]

I'm very new to illustrator but I keep running into this problem when using the pen tool. I hope it's just a simple fix that I'm missing. Sometimes when I use the pen tool the stroke and fill becomes ...
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The gimp pen doesn't “over-paint”, but “under-paints”

What I mean by over-/under-paint is that, when painting over another pixel, instead of laying the selected color over the pixel's color (taking the opacity into consideration), it paints under the ...
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Illustrator: pen tool clicking 3 points completes a polygon

I want to use the pen tool to form two lines which are perpendicular. However when I make a line and then continue to click the third point to form an L shape, Illustrator automatically forms a ...
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What is the difference between the pencil tool, the pen tool, and the brush tool in Adobe Illustrator?

Is there any difference between the three besides that the brush and pencil are much more flexible than the pen?
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How do you edit only a single Path Segment?

In Photoshop is there a way to adjust only a single Path segment without affecting the adjacent segments? I can adjust the segment by using the "Direction Lines", but this can change the angle unless ...
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Joining Vertex points in After Effects

I have a path and would like to join two vertex points in After Effects. It is the easiest thing in Illustrator and photoshop but I would like to do in After Effects. Thanks
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Move complex vector illustration from Photoshop to Illustrator exactly as it appears?

I created a detailed vector illustration in Photoshop because I can't stand how Illustrator's Pen Tool behaves (more explanation at the end of the post)*. Here's a section of the illustration: It's ...
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How do i draw this reflection on the shark fin?

I tried the pencil tool and that didn't work, also tried the pen tool but I can't get it thinner or with more of a curve. My settings with the pen tool was no stroke and a white fill.
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Photoshop Pen Tool - path lines are too thick

In recent versions of Photoshop, when I use the Pen Tool, the lines it lays down are like big fat rubbery noodles that obscure the image beneath. Here's an image for comparison of the older (left) ...
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How to Draw with the pen tool a shape with ended lines inside? [Affinity Designer]

I want to draw for example a hand of a 50's cartoon. I know how to do a closed shape with the pen (in Affinity Designer): The problem is when i want to put the lines of the fingers, Is there a way of ...
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AI: How to turn blotchy lines resulting from an image traced illustration into clean geometric lines that look good when zoomed in

Note: I am not a graphic designer. I would consider myself to be somewhere in between beginner and intermediate. Although these are different drawings, both are vector and both try to achieve the ...
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Photoshop Pen Tool is very pixelated

When drawing with Photoshop's Pen Tool, the pen drawing looked very pixelated and not smooth: Is it supposed to look like that? If not, what can I do to fix it?
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Adobe Illustrator - Pen tool problem (isometric design)

I am following a tutorial for isometric design. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eFHxknDs4Mk&t=208s) My problem is when I finished the first path as in the tutorial I can not start a new one ...
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How do I turn a pen outline into a single object for gradients? (Inkscape)

My question is a bit weirdly worded, but I'm sure this is common thing to ask. I inserted an image and traced it with the pen tool, but I didn't do it in one go. I have one part, which itself was done ...
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Creating Hands in Illustrator

How would you create the hands wrapped around the wheels like in the image at: Would you use the pen tool?
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Possible Way to Create Cartoon Tree Effect in Illustrator? A Circle with Ridges / Small Curves Around It?

I often have to spend a lot of time making every single curve around a circle if I want to create a cartoon tree: When I know it would be so much faster if there were a way to get points around the ...
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How do I avoid “filling in” a stroke in illustrator?

So I was trying to create a leaf using the pen tool. Each of the 8 stems were drawn as separate strokes using the pen tool. My fill is set to none but still a black fill shows up. a) How do I avoid ...
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Illustrator pen tool problem

Please help me, i am a beginner and started to watch the Illustrator tutorials on their website. When they use the Pen tool they can draw strait line, but mine starts from the middle, and draw curves, ...
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Stroke for cartoon drawing

I am longing for a method to get clear but shaky lines, like drawing a cartoon with china ink, such as this sample scanned from paper: The strokes in Affinity Designer mostly use images, so the ...
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Pen Tool Techniques [duplicate]

To create a shape like the one in the image below, which option would you use and why? As you can see option "A" only uses anchor points at the peaks and then uses broken handles to achieve the curve ...
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Pen Tool in Illustrator (Creating a new layer)

I would like to know how to set it so that when I start a new shape with the pen tool in Illustrator it creates a new layer every time. I can't seem to find the setting for it, can anyone be of ...
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Outline custom shape

I was wishing to achieve [and Define] a custom EMPTY shape, but after creating this hideous fish with Paths, Pen Tool, Direct Selection Tool and Stroke Path [Brush 15px], my custom shape has been ...
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Inkscape Bezier pen

I'm facing a problem in Inkscape with the Bézier pen tool when I'm trying to connect the end of the drawing with the Bézier pen. Something strange is happening.
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CS6 layer via copy is copying the opposite part

I'm using the pen tool in Photoshop to select a part of my picture, but when I select the part and use magic wand tool to use layer via copy, it removes the selected part instead of copying it. What ...
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Is there a way to get more pen pressure variance in Photoshop? [closed]

I have a Gaomon PD1560 screen, Photoshop CC, and the Lazy Nezumi plug in. I have set my brush to have pen sensitivity turned on, and minimum width to zero in hopes of getting maximum variability. I ...
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How to create a perfectly symmetrical flat onion dome?

This shape specifically, it's called an onion dome. I can't make it perfectly symmetrical using the curve tool.
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Create curves from staples

I'd like to make sound waves in curved shapes rather than staples. I have the staples already. Which is the best way to do it? So - from this: to this (but with only one line and no horizontal ...
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Pen tool creates a new layer for every stroke

When I make a stroke using the pen tool in Corel Painter 2018, a new layer is automatically generated. I found no apparent way to fix it. Is there a way to avoid it?
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How do you use the pen tool in the most efficient way?

I am just learning how to use the pen tool and want to make sure I am using it in the most efficient way possible. After watching countless tutorials, I still feel like I don't fully understand how ...
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Why do parts of my reference image go missing when using the pen tool to trace it?

I placed a reference image in Illustrator that I want to trace. When I use the pen tool, some parts of the reference image go missing in the middle of the process. Why is this happening? What can I do ...
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What's the fastest/simplest way to create sea waves along a path in illustrator?

What's the fastest/simplest way to create sea waves along a path in illustrator? I am looking for the best way to replicate something like the bottom left sea image (or top left img) in the picture ...
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How to continue an unfinished curved path in InkScape

I think I have found the Adobe Illustrator version of this question, at: how continue a path from one point by using pen tools in illustrator? Another site: suggests subpaths, but this doesn't seem to ...
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How was this Path embedded in a JPG image?

If one downloads this image to their computer and opens it in Photoshop, they will notice something very interesting in the Paths panel: Several paths are included in this file, one for the laptop's ...
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Pixel perfect pen size in GIMP

When I use the pen and I put 1.0 size, it draws a 1x1 pixel square. But after that, it goes like this: At 2.0 size, 3x3 square. At 3.0 size, 3x3 square. At 4.0 size, 3x3 square. At 5.0 size, 5x5 ...
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How do I use pen tool to connect lines of constellation dots in photoshop?

How do I use pen tool to connect lines of constellation dots in photoshop? I tried to do this by using pen tool. But once I hit enter, the lines disappear. I tried shift, alt, ctrl but they don't seem ...
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How do I fix the pen tool from jumping from its anchor in Illustrator?

In Illustrator, for whatever reason, when I try and draw a straight line with the pen tool it jumps from where it is anchored. It seems as though it's even on the same pixel, but it's not anchored ...
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When using the pen tool I can't draw a simple straight line - it doesn't let me just click two points

When using the pen tool I can't draw a simple straight line - it doesn't let me just click two points. Basically I click the first point, click a second point and that should be my line - however it ...
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Pen does not show the strokes for circular motion [closed]

I use a Wacom One table and Photoshop. If I put the pen on the tablet and try to draw a straight line, Photoshop immediately draw the line as I move my hand. However, if I put the pen on the tablet ...