Join Deke McClelland for an in-depth discussion in this video Pen tool basics, part of Illustrator CS4 Getting Started.
In this exercise, I am going to introduce you to the most flexible drawing tool…in all of Illustrator and that's this tool right here, the Pen tool. In fact,…it's that Pen tool that really put Illustrator on the map more than 20 years ago…and it continues to be the most flexible drawing tool because it allows you…to precisely position anchor points and control handles as you draw them,…meaning that it allows you to draw pretty much anything.…I am working inside of a document called Tracing Shirt.ai found inside the…Exercise Files folder and notice if I bring up the Layers palette, you can see…that I have set up a Tracing layer that contains this dimmed version of the…shirt in the background and I have gone ahead and locked down this layer so…that I can't mess anything on the layer up, I can't edit the contents of that…layer and you can lock and unlock layers just by clicking in this second column…next to the eye.…
I have also set up this Pieces layer that contains things like the buttons and…
- 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.