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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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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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 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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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 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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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 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. Is ...
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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 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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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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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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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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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 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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Photoshop: create open path with the 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 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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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In Photoshop CC 2017, how do I draw outside the image, in the bordering canvas space?

I'm trying to do guiding lines that continue outside the image space, into the canvas space, to guide my perspective drawing but every time I do a pen tool, use anchor points, or the line tool, it ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...