Learning the Adobe Pen Tool

Learning the Adobe Pen Tool

Creating precise lines, curves, and shapes with the Pen tool is challenging to learn and even tougher to master, but the power it gives your drawings is worth the effort. Even though the technology has been in Adobe products for decades, there are countless people who have yet to learn the proper way to use it. In this course, Deke McClelland introduces the basic features of the Pen tool and its functionality across the three main graphic design programs in the Creative Cloud suite: Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign. He covers the structure of a path outline, reviews the different kinds of anchor points and control handles, and dedicates a chapter to the Pen tool's peculiarities in each program. He also introduces some alternatives to the Pen tool, so you can choose what works best for your drawing needs.

Topics include:

Understanding how anchor points, segments, and control handles work Adding and deleting anchor points Working with smooth and cusp points Selecting and deselecting with the arrow tools Drawing vector-based paths Connecting open paths Repositioning points and segments as you draw Inserting and deleting points on the fly Converting multiple points with a single click

课程信息

  • 英文名称:Learning the Adobe Pen Tool
  • 时长:3小时50分
  • 字幕:英语

课程目录

  1. Welcome
  2. Meet the Black and White Arrow tools
  3. Anchor points, segments, and control handles
  4. The three kinds of anchor points
  5. Working with corner points
  6. Adding and deleting anchor points
  7. Working with smooth points
  8. Adding some random wiggle
  9. Working with cusp points
  10. Creating cusps by subtracting shapes
  11. Creating cusp points with the White Arrow
  12. Turning a circle into a droplet
  13. Getting to the Arrow tools on the fly
  14. Selecting and deselecting
  15. Selecting inside groups and compound objects
  16. Special ways to drag
  17. Creating cusps in Illustrator, InDesign, and Photoshop
  18. Introducing the Pen and precise cursors
  19. Communicating with the Pen tool
  20. Extending an active path outline
  21. Drawing vector-based paths in Photoshop
  22. Completing an open path outline
  23. Extending a dormant path outline
  24. Connecting two open paths
  25. Undoing an anchor point versus deleting it
  26. Repositioning points and segments as you draw
  27. Real-world moving and nudging
  28. Inserting and deleting points on the fly
  29. Real-world inserting and deleting
  30. The spacebar versus very small drags
  31. Four unrelated Shift key tricks
  32. Converting points with the Pen tool
  33. Converting multiple points with a single click
  34. Until next time

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