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How to create a perfectly symmetrical flat onion dome?

Using the following method, you can edit the shape, or tweak the curves, and it will be automatically reflected on the other side. Using a guide, draw one half of the shape with the Pen Tool. Open ...
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How to get perfect spaces on both sides

Simply, you dont use pentool. What you do is you use the offset command, effect or expanded stroke to give you a curve that is offset uniformly. In this case you ofset the lower shape. Then you use ...
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Photoshop Pen Tool fills outside of path

With the Pen Tool selected, or an existing shape or path selected with a Selection Tool, change the Path Operation to Combine Shapes.
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Pen tool jumping and not drawing accurately

This is most likely caused by having snap feature enabled. Make sure you have snap to grid turned off View → Snap to Grid (Ctrl/Cmnd+Shift+")
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How to get perfect spaces on both sides

If you start off with a form like below you have several options to straighten up the margins:. You can you alt drag the form, change to white and if needed bring some elements to the front/back. Or ...
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How was this Path embedded in a JPG image?

Photoshop has had the ability to save paths in JPGs for a while. (CS5.5 I think, might have been CS6) As long as you don't use Save for Web and use Save As for JPG, they'll be there if the jpg is ...
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Pen Tool in Illustrator (Creating a new layer)

There's no such setting. Illustrator simply does not function that way. You may be accustomed to Photoshop creating new layers for everything. Those are necessary in Photoshop. They aren't needed in ...
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Illustrator: pen tool clicking 3 points completes a polygon

The pen tool forms a path. It looks like you have a dark blue fill in your stroke and fill settings. Change the fill to "no fill" and you should just see the paths (with whatever stroke you have set). ...
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How do I use the pen tool for just one anchor point?

Sorry this is well past any usefulness to the original poster most likely. I realize this is a very old question. However, this may be helpful to others. This has been a solution in Illustrator since ...
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Illustrator: how to add segment to a closed path

If the path is closed you need to open it by removing one segment between 2 corners (left image). Then add 2 points away from the corners (middle image). Then hit Ctrl+U then A and drag these 2 points ...
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In Photoshop CC 2017, how do I draw outside the image, in the bordering canvas space?

All pixels in Photoshop are restricted to the Canvas Size. You can't draw outside the canvas. However, there is a way to draw outside a particular area via Artboards within Photoshop. Set the Canvas ...
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How do I draw these lines in Illustrator?

This is an interesting question because there are several ways this could be done. Here's another method, using only three paths. Drop a horizontal and vertical guide to give you a centre origin. ...
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Continue a curve from pre-built shape

Here's one method that might work for you if you have Illustrator CC. Use the Curvature Tool. The result looks pretty smooth, and done without the need to mess with Bezier curve handles! The ...
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Why is the pen tool not showing lines as I draw?

Preferences > Selection & Anchor Display > Tick the Enable Rubber Band for option. (I hate this feature, but I understand why some prefer it). Another possible option is whether or not ...
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Why is the pen tool not showing lines as I draw?

As people said, you can enable rubber band help, but for this kind of design, as you want to be totally sure the line you draw is the same as the line already present, I would recommend copying it, ...
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How to continue an unfinished curved path in InkScape

As I was writing and editing the question, I figured I would post my work-around/hack to help illustrate the issue. I started trying to figure out what subpaths are, (per a similar question posted on ...
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How to create a perfectly symmetrical flat onion dome?

Here's how I'd do it.... no guess work.... Draw an oval Use Object > Path > Add Anchor Points to add additional anchor points to the oval. -- Added anchors are always positioned exactly midway ...
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Possible Way to Create Cartoon Tree Effect in Illustrator? A Circle with Ridges / Small Curves Around It?

@joojaa has it exactly correct - roughen and pucker and bloat and tweak are all your friends here, and the appearance palette most of all. I've spent more time than I care to admit developing tree ...
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Photoshop: using the Pen tool for straight lines

For the standard Pen Tool — After pulling a curve, hold down the Alt key and click the last anchor. This breaks the anchor's symmetry. You can then click to create a straight segment, or click-drag to ...
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Rounding sharp pen tool corner illustrator CS6

While it's nice to be able to use automatic rounding (Live Corners) available in the later CC versions of Illustrator, it's entirely possible to recreate nice curves manually with just the Pen tool. ...
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Pen tool behavior

Pull in the direction you created that segment of path. Simple example: If changes direction again, its based on that segment: (totally missed a point but not taking the time to correct it) Vs on ...
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How to create a sine wave with a given angle between the side of the wave?

The shape you are trying to duplicate is difficult to draw. It is a mathematical function called a sine wave. I use a different version of Illustrator but the technique to draw one is the same or ...
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What preparations can be done to a photo to make it a little easier to then illustrate?

Alright I'll give it a quick whirl. I'm using https://unsplash.com/photos/VGpp0LcHZT4 as the image I'll start by Duplicating that layer a few times so I've got some copies of it and then I'm going to ...
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Pen stroke width keeps changing

There are two solutions to this. The first: Go to Edit > Preferences > General Check the box "Scale strokes and effects" That solves it! The first is somewhat temporal or should I say local to ...
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illustrator brush path to pen path

You should be able to do that by changing the brush definition to basic. It will work with Videoscribe for sure.
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How to move one bezier anchor point while keeping the direction locked?

Here's a solution that worked for me - although approximative, I think it worked better than other answers on this page. 1 - Select the Anchor point with the Direct Selection Tool Select the Anchor ...
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How can I create a stroked path with the Pen tool?

Yes, once you select your pen tool in Photoshop, select Make "Shape" from the pen tool options. This will allow you to add strokes with a bunch of different options.
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