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Moving both handles of a bezier curve simultaneously in Adobe Illustrator?

You can scale the point. Select the point, hit s and drag with the mouse. Both handles will now extend simultaneously.
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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: create open path with the Pen Tool

Update: For Photoshop CC This is now possible in Photoshop CC by drawing your path and adjusting the Stroke options in the Control bar across the top of the screen. Previous answer (CS6 or earlier) ...
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How can I draw line drawings with the pen tool but with rounded edges?

If you only care about the outside corners, you could use the round corner in stroke settings. This one is in Illustrator: And this one is in Photoshop: Like I said though, this will only make the ...
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How do I create curved edges in Illustrator using the Pen tool?

There are actually many ways to accomplish rounded shapes.... You can draw circles at ends of rectangles and use Pathfinder or the Shape Builder Tool. You can use Effect > Stylize > Round ...
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How to stroke an open path (vector)

Draw your path with the tool mode set to "shape" and merely set the stroke options in the Control Bar across the top of the screen. This is possible in CS6 or newer with vector layers. For ...
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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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Stop two different paths from connecting at the same point - Illustrator

Easiest method I use... click for the second anchor away from the other path, while holding the click depress the Space bar and drag the click where you want it to be. This will prevent the two ...
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Illustrator: How to draw circles at control points?

As per request, a script to do this on selected paths. This is an alternative for @CConroy answer that may make things easier to do in the long run. It draws symbols on points and tangents and ...
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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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Illustrator pen auto-correction on Photoshop

Update CC 2018 (CC v.19) release As of the latest version of Photoshop CC update there is now built-in smoothing on brush tools. On your main toolbar there's a Smoothing section and in your Brush ...
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How do you make the endpoints of a diagonal line straight?

If the path is a stroke Make a square that cuts off the top part of the V shape. You do not need a fill or stroke for the square. Select both, go to Object -> Clipping Mask -> Make. If the path is ...
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How to draw a precise angle with pen tool in Photoshop?

It would be far easier to draw in Illustrator and then copy paste into Photoshop. More on this later. How to do this in Photoshop Unfortunately theres no direct way of doing this in Photoshop. Don't ...
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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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How do I keep edged flush when tracing with the pen tool in Illustrator?

Let's say we have 2 shapes as on your picture (face + head). I make these two shapes overlapping with the face layer below the "head": I duplicate the head layer, Select 1 head and face layers ...
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Illustrator: How to draw circles at control points?

Start by drawing a line and circle and style each how you would like the polygon sides and vertices to look. Drag the line to the Brushes panel and choose Pattern Brush. In the Pattern Brush Options ...
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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 keep edged flush when tracing with the pen tool in Illustrator?

Smart guides (ctrl-u / cmd-u) can help, but they aren't always enough, especially on curves. Often it's best to overlapping path lines - if it's solid fill it might be better to just go underneath, ...
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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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How to move one bezier anchor point while keeping the direction locked?

You can use the scale tool with the tangent. Once the tangent is selected with the direct selection tool (a) click on the vertex tangent to move scale pivot to vertex. By holding Shift you can now ...
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1px pencil draws 3px in Photoshop

Be sure to select the 1-pixel brush from the square brush set. If you select a larger square brush, the slider may not scale it down to 1 pixel.
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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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