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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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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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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: how to add segment to a closed path

I created a rectangle by pointing and clicking 4 anchor points. My question is, is there a way to connect two already existing anchor points to create a diagonal segment? I am trying hard with the pen ...
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Affinity Designer Prevent Curve Overlap Cutout

I'm making a shape in Affinity Designer using the pen tool, tweaking bezier curves, etc. I have a shape that overlaps, meaning curves back and crosses over itself, so there's an intersection. The ...
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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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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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How to make selection with Pen tool in Pixelmator?

I am new user in Pixelmator and I used to use Photoshop. Now, I would like to use Pen Tool in Pixelmator. In photoshop, we use pen tool to cut things and then Ctrl+Enter to make a selection. In ...
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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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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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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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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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1px pencil draws 3px in Photoshop

I am trying to draw with 1px pencil but it draws 3px square. I checked my grid settings and Im sure that every grid is 1 px. How can I fix that? as you see this is 3x3px canvas and pencil is 1px but ...
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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 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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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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How to change path guideline colour in Photoshop CS6

Before today, I’ve never had to change the colour of the path guideline as I use the pen tool in Photoshop. I know you can easily change it in AI. But looking in the Photoshop layers panel and the ...
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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 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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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 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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Stroke won't change in Illustrator

I created some shapes with the pen tool and then with the brush, but when I switched back to pen tool I couldn't change the stroke. I can't change its colour or make it transparent either. Does ...
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Pen tool jumping and not drawing accurately

When I try to use the pen tool in Adobe Illustrator to draw around individual shapes in detail the pen jumps away from where I have selected, as if it is restricted. For example see the image below, ...
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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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Photoshop CS6 Pen tool suddenly refuses to 'Stroke' 'Fill' or 'Make Selection.'

Believe I have a bug here: After using Pen tool to make paths on a file, Pen tool will just give-up and ignore requests to 'Make Selection,' 'Stroke' the new path or 'Fill' the path. I've checked the ...
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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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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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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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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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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 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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Moving both handles of a bezier curve simultaneously in Adobe Illustrator?

I would like to be able to move the two handles for the bezier curve with the direct select tool the same way they are moved on initial creation of the anchor point. When a new anchor is created, ...
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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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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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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 ...
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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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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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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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How to set a constant opacity with the Pen tool in Photoshop?

How to change the opacity of the shape pen tool in Photoshop without always having to go and click on the new shape? Every time you create a new shape the opacity goes back to 100, then I read that ...
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illustrator brush path to pen path

I need to convert brush path to pen path. I need the path not the outline of the brush stroke. So "expand appearance" or "create outline" is not a solution for me. This is for a project with ...