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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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 ...
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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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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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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 to draw an irregular, vertical line with photoshop

Similarly to this question I now need to do the same thing with a vertical line, to obtain a shape similar to a capital "I" with the same feature; wider extremities. I have been trying to do it ...
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How to draw an irregular line with photoshop

I have a path, a simple semi-ellipse (not closed) similar to an oblong "C" I'm trying to turn it into a form with the following aspects: the brush must be flat and not round, the extremities must end ...
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Pen tool does not render in photoshop

Beginner here. I am trying to create a shape in Photoshop (CS4) which is like a right arrow but with the 'arrow' part laterally opposite (i.e. instead of ---> I want ---<). After trying many other ...
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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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Smooth width transition with a calligraphic brush stroke

I know that Illustrator does not allow the use of width tool or a variable width profile for a stroke/path made with a calligraphic brush. I am looking for alternative ways of producing the same ...
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pen tool makes a new layer every time i create a new shape in Photoshop cc 2017

I am using Photoshop cc 2017 and I always use the pen tool to make vector illustrations (yes I know I should be using illustrator). until now I have always made a shape, made a selection then use a ...
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Illustrator filling color outside boundary

I have this figure on illustrator: But when I try to fill color, the color overflows outside the boundary: A question mark appears in the fill tool as well. How will I fix this?
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Illustrator acts weird

I am having a bit of trouble of Illustrator, I do not know if things that are happening are caused by me checking an option or anything else. So look at this image: All of anchor points of ...
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Illustrator: how to invert colors

I'm making an SVG (image below) and I need to invert the colors (turn the outside stroke colors to the fill colors). How can i do it? Second question: What is better for painting an SVG, the ...
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(Non) Rubber Band Pen Tool line preview won't show

I'm not new to Illustrator and I've already done some research. I'm unsure why my problem is occurring and it's more or less a convenience issue. When I am using the pen tool in Illustrator CC, a ...
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How can I create a stroked path with the Pen tool?

I'm trying to make 3 px stroke with the regular pen tool without resorting to brush, pencil or anything like that. Is there any way to do that like in Illustrator? This is the image where I'm stuck ...
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Pen tool behavior

Let's say that to select an object from a photograph, I create an approximate shape with the Pen Tool so that it consists of sharp corners. Then, with cmd-click, I drag each anchor point to a more ...
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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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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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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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Closing Paths in Illusstrator pen tool

Hello I have a question? I'm using the pen tool and I have a lot lines alternating my artboard how would I close the paths the alternating lines that I have drawn in Illustrator.
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Bend an Arrow at Will in CS6

After seeing this Video I am trying to bend an arrow as shown: The instructor in the Video is using Adobe Illustrator. But I am trying to do this in Photoshop CS6: After using the Pen Tool and ...
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How to draw parallel curved lines in Illustrator?

I am completely new to Illustrator, I've watched some tutorials on it, and decided to create some pretty basic shapes and logo. I was trying to create a usb logo, but the curved part is quite a ...
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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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How do I use the Pen tool to subtract from shape in Photoshop?

I'm following this tutorial and I got stuck in this step Using the same Pen Tool (P) in a new layer we must represent the frontal part for letter “O”. Firstly we need to draw the outer shape of ...
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How to put text onto multiple pen tool subpaths in Photoshop

I just spent quite a while making all sorts of paths with the pen tool, and splitting each one up into a subpath by holding control and clicking after each one was drawn. It all looks good, but when I ...
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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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Sketch - Joining two separate paths

How do I connect point A to point Z? Currently, when I select Anchor point A, it tries to connect point A & B (as you can see in image 2).
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Drawing Straight Lines with Pen Tool

I have just installed photoshop and have, as an exercise , tried to design this logo. I am stuck at trying to make one of those 8 rounded triangle shapes.I have used the pen tool to draw the upper ...
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Direct select multiple anchor points in Sketch 3

What is the most efficient way to select multiple anchor points in Sketch 3? I'm an Ai user and I want to instinctively toggle between the direct selection and pen tools and just click and drag - can ...
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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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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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Bending a line in CS6

I am trying to bend a line using the anchor points and direct selection tool. I place the anchor point on the line in center. Using direct selection tool when I drag I get this unexpected result: I ...
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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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Photoshop: How to select multiple anchor points without affecting another shape?

How can I click+drag to select multiple anchor points on a shape without activating the shape behind it? Currently, I must first activate the desired layer, then begin the click+drag off the ...
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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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The pen tool in PS is applying curves when I did not tell it to. Hard to explain, check out attached images

So I am using the pen tool to trace a selection, but it is being weird. So I put the line down and made a bit of a curve by holding down and moving the mouse. Then I move my pen tool around, with ...
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Need help making a fillable shape

I am trying to make this shape and want it to be fillable: (file can be dowloaded here: bit.ly/1SYJOfU as pdf or in Illustrator). I know Photoshop a little bit, Illustrator far less! I'd like this ...
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Illustrator pen tool changes to subtract point

Sometimes I want to click the pen tool on the end of the path. This can be to change the direction of the path (if I'm doing text along a path). Or it can be to extend the path. Most the time this is ...
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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°.