Join Mordy Golding for an in-depth discussion in this video Understanding how the Pen and Pencil tools differ, part of Illustrator: Drawing without the Pen Tool.
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 would click to define where an anchor point was.…
- Drawing artwork versus building artwork
- Sketching ideas on paper
- Creating curves with the Reshape tool
- Recording actions for speed and accuracy
- Working with the Pathfinder functions
- Understanding how Live Paint works
- Using the Shape Builder tool
- Building and coloring artwork at the same time
- Turning variable-width strokes into filled paths
- Adjusting the behavior of the Pencil tool
- Drawing with the Calligraphic brush
Skill Level Intermediate
Illustrator: Rethinking the Essentialswith Mordy Golding5h 7m Intermediate
Illustrator: Seeing Through Transparencywith Mordy Golding2h 50m Intermediate
Illustrator: Coloring Artwork (2011)with Mordy Golding4h 44m Intermediate
1. Core Drawing Concepts
2. Workflow: Drawing Paths
3. Pathfinder: Drawing with Math
4. Live Paint: Changing the Rules
5. Shape Builder: Building Artwork
6. Adding Expression: Variable Widths
7. Drawing with a Tablet
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