Join Deke McClelland for an in-depth discussion in this video Drawing a custom path, part of Illustrator CS4 Getting Started.
In this exercise, I will show you how to draw a fairly complex custom path…using a combination of the Pen tool and the Direct Selection tool and they…should give you a sense of how you create paths on a regular basis inside Illustrator.…I am working on a document called Completed Collar.ai found inside the Exercise…Files folder. So called because I have completed the collar and now I need to…draw the larger shirt outline. Here inside the Layers palette, you can see that…I have two locked layers with a Shirt layer in between. I am going to go ahead…and click on that Shirt layer to select it and now I will go to the toolbox and…select the Pen tool.…
Now notice my Pen tool cursor is a pen nib with an x next to it. So I am about…to create a new path with the Pen tool. I am going to start things off from the…bottom point of this left sleeve, just by clicking and notice now the x…disappears, so I have an active path. I will click again in order to connect…these two anchor points with the straight segment. Then I am going to move down…
- Working with point and path text
- Selecting, isolating, and combining paths
- Reshaping paths and working with control handles
- Rounding corners
- Using Live Paint
Skill Level Beginner
Q: I'm using a pressure brush with a graphics tablet while following along with this course. But when the author clicks and holds in the "Brushes and blobs" movie, he gets an expanding oval, where I get nothing or just a sharp-edged line. My brush doesn't seem to be responding to pressure. What should I do?
A: When you first install a Wacom (or other brand of) tablet, the pressure
options may not at first take hold.
After installing the tablet, try this:
- Confirm that the pressure is working in the Wacom (or other) control
- Quit Illustrator and the other programs.
- Restart your computer.
- Then relaunch Illustrator and try again.