Join Angie Taylor for an in-depth discussion in this video Drawing with the Pen tool, part of Animated Character Design with Illustrator.
There are few occasions when working in Illustrator that using the pencil tool or …the paint brush tool, which refer to as the sketching tools isn't practical, …because drawing freehand isn't easy for one reason or another. …For example, if you don't have access to a Wacom tablet and a pen, or other …graphics tablet, it can be quite difficult and cumbersome to draw shapes …using a mouse. Or, if you want to do highly technical …drawings, where the curves and lines need to be really precise. …Then the Pencil tool and the Paintbrush tool, with their kind of freehand type of …sketching, isn't really appropriate. Now, in these situations the tool of …choice is always the Pen tool. Pen tool is fantastic, it can be a little …bit tricky to use if you have never used it before.…
But believe me it's worth learning, and it's worth getting over the awkwardness …of using Bézier curves initially to be able to get a precise level of control, …further down the line. Now, when you click and hold on the pen …
- Setting up the work area
- Bringing artwork into Illustrator
- Tracing artwork manually
- Creating complex shapes
- Working with paths
- Using Live Trace
- Coloring artwork
- Applying 3D effects
- Exporting artboards
- Options for saving files
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1. Setting Up the Work Area
2. Bringing Artwork into Illustrator
3. Tracing Artwork Manually
4. Creating Complex Shapes
5. Working with Paths
6. Using Live Trace
7. Coloring Artwork
8. Applying 3D Effects
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9. Finishing Touches
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