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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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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 ...
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Is there an iPad app with a Pen tool similar to Procreate?

I am having trouble finding an app for iPad with a pen (Bézier curve) tool, that is not primarily a vector drawing app. I have been using Procreate for iPad for awhile now, and I enjoy the simplicity ...
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PS CS6: 'Rasterize image' fills selection with color

I am using a pen tool to select an area in the image, which creates a new layer: After shape selection with a pen tool, make selection (pen tool -> right click -> make selection) is used (feather 0 ...
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Using the pen tool for drawing a geometric pattern

I'm very new to illustrator and I'm trying to create a card for a baby birth. One of the things which I would like to place on the card is a geometric image of a bear. Now, I'm trying to draw this ...
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How to prevent anchor points from moving automatically? [duplicate]

I am trying to do isometric pixel art on Illustrator. To this end, I am using a hex grid to draw simple cubes using the pen tool (as described in this tutorial). However, the anchor points tend to ...
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Join two anchor points to same line path

I've created very basic shape with Illustrator CS6. here's my shape My first anchor point on inner shape (no. 1) successfully join the line path (on left side). But not with the second one. No.2 ...
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Make a shape with pen tool and colour it (photoshop CC17)

I am drawing a basic mountain shape using the pen tool creating many different lines for the inside of the shape. Then I need to colour the mountain in and easily change the colour, unfortunately I ...
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Joining / Connecting Lines from the Pen Tool (Illustrator)

So I made this shape using guides, shapes, and connecting all the lines with the Penn tool. This is what it looks like Now because I used the pen tool not all the lines are connected, ex: Because of ...
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How to vectorize a graph from a raster image

I have an image of a graph and want to redraw this graph in Illustrator. Full size image Is there any "trick" to do this? I am trying with the pen tool but it's very hard to reproduce that the fine ...
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Adding anchor points at a specific measurement on a curved

I have a curved path with two anchor points currently. I want to add an anchor point 1.5" from one anchor point. I am not sure how to do this.
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How can I fix Illustrator fill going outside of lines of shape?

]2 Trying to fill in the white parts of the shape. Instead the orange fills the imaginary shape. The curved lines connecting the circles have been made with the pen tool. I'm assuming I haven't ...
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Is there another name for the “Walls, Ceilings, and Floors” pen tool technique?

I want to teach my students a pen tool technique I was taught by a typographer in my last year of graphic design education. It really solved it for me when it came to using the pen tool. While I was ...
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Are there any ways to keep point handles the same length in Illustrator other than using guides?

When tracing in Illustrator, I'll use the white arrow to make sure I don't break the link between the handles and keep fluid curves but is there a way to also make sure both handles remain the same ...
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Why are my handles and live corner options hidden for objects drawn with the pen tool?

I was working on a project in Adobe Illustrator when I noticed that objects drawn with the pen tool didn't have the option to edit the handles or round corners (meaning when the anchor was direct ...
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(Adobe Illustrator) Pen Tool fills in lines

I was working in Adobe Illustrator, making some lines around a photo using the Pen Tool. it worked fine, but for some reason, after I created a new layer and pasted in some shapes, the Pen Tool ...
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Why is the pen tool not showing lines as I draw?

I am trying to draw a line from point A to point B in the picture below, that is at the same angle as the line it is extending. Unfortunately, after placing down anchor point A, the line doesn't ...
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Emulating a Procreate Brush Pen in Illustrator

I'm a hand letterer looking to take my work to Illustrator and I was wondering if there's a way to emulate this sort of look & method in Illustrator. So far I've only been toying with a Wacom ...
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Keeping lines straight when closing a shape in Illustrator

I've noticed while creating an exercice for my students that although Illustrator keeps lines straight when you hold down "Shift", the software overrides this when closing a shape. For example, if I ...
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How to make my pen tool lock onto a guide

I am trying to create some vectored graphics on photoshop and I am having issues finding how to get my pen tool to lock onto a guide. I have a picture here showing what I am looking at: http://i.imgur....
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Continue a curve from pre-built shape

Take this image for example: How would you tackle the task of continuing the curve (left shape) till it joins with the second shape in a 'more precise' way than taking the pen and guessing the angle/...
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Anti alias using pen tool in photoshop doesn't help to make edges smooth

Whenever I use Pen Tool, I can't make my edges smooth enough. I, of course, set the feather radius to 0 and checking the check-box next to the Anti-aliased, but obviously this isn't working as I want ...
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How to manipulate the gradient mesh correctly?

i am learning about illustrator technniques and i want to do this tutorial: design.tutsplus.com/tutorials/how-to-draw-a-vector-t-shirt-and-apply-a-pattern-to-it-in-adobe-illustrator--cms-28926 (sorry ...
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How to make curved triangles in Photoshop? [duplicate]

I want to make a perfectly equilateral triangle but with curved corner and curved sides (not just rounded corners) I tried to use the polygon tool with the "Smooth Corners" option and got this: It'...
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How can I make a 'stamp' shape like this in Illustrator?

I'm trying to make a similar shape to this stamp without using "Image Trace" I tried drawing a basic pattern to wrap it around a circle but I didn't know how to do it. Or is there an easier way to ...
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How do I draw these lines in Illustrator?

I am trying to reproduce a poster I found, but I don't know exactly how to reproduce these concentric red lines inside the black circle. I tried to use spirals but it didn't quite do the work. I ...
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How do I create a path between two anchor points on different paths?

This is a really easy question, but everything online shows me how to merge to paths together. I want to create a path between these two points, not changing their individual positions at all.
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How do I modify the tool options palette in Photoshop CC to show possible selections of tools?

If someone could tell me how to change the tool palette, per the issue below, I'd be grateful. I'd like to use the pen tool, and specify the attributes of the pen tool by choosing items in the "tools ...