Understanding how the Pen and Pencil tools differ


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Understanding how the Pen and Pencil tools differ

At first blush, we might be able to say that the Pen tool was really created for mouse-based input, but the Pencil tool was added to Illustrator and focused more on pen tablet based input. Let's understand a little bit about these two different tools and understand what makes them work. Then we'll start to find better ways that we can actually use these tools as well. Now, as we kind of defined way back in the beginning of this course, the Pen tool is really used for plotting anchor points. We don't actually draw with the Pen tool. We create anchor points, we actually define where anchor points need to live in our document, and Illustrator connects those anchor points with paths.

Based on the kinds of anchor points that we create, whether they are corner anchor points or smooth anchor points, and where we position these control handles, Illustrator will connect the dots with these curved paths. So for example, if I wanted to draw a shape, I would start with the Pen tool and I w...

Understanding how the Pen and Pencil tools differ
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Understanding how the Pen and Pencil tools differ provides you with in-depth training on Design. Taught by Mordy Golding as part of the Illustrator Insider Training: Drawing without the Pen Tool

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Design
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Illustrator
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