Are you a beginner struggling with illustrator pen tool? If yes, then let me tell you or probably pleasantly surprise you that this nightmare can turn into a beautiful dream once you’ll be well rehearsed with these below listed simple yet productive steps. As we all know that pen tool is the most hatred tool especially among beginners that are using Illustrator but this tool can do wonders and you can create almost anything using it when you’ll have good control over it. So, let’s get started!
Some basic functions of Pen tool with Keyboard Shortcuts (The Start-up Guide):
To start with, use shortcut P to initialize the pen tool. Click on art board and place an anchor point as a starting point. Then place another anchor point with the reference to first, you will notice a line and without leaving mouse drag your cursor (handle will appear). This handle is responsible for the roundness of curves.
Add Anchor Point Tool (+): Click on the path in order to add anchor point to it. The magic is you can change the entire structure just by adding a single anchor point. Whenever an anchor point is added and dragged by handle it tends to extend sometimes on the edges. This can be controlled by clicking on the anchor point itself and you’ll be left with half handle portion.
Delete Anchor Point Tool (-): Click on the existing anchor point to delete it from the path. You can make changes at any point of time in your creation using it.
Convert Anchor Point Tool (Shift-C): It is quite interesting to see what this tool is capable of doing. You can activate handle of your anchor point then free to play with it by simply dragging it by handle and also can deactivate the existing handle by clicking on the anchor point.
Scissor Tool (C): This tool is not a part of Pen Tool Group but definitely it has a great use while you are working with it. It has an ability to simply cut the selected portion (delete the portion in case you are working with shapes; see control panel) between old anchor point and newly placed anchor point. It actually divides the path into segments.
Direct Selection Tool (A): This tool requires a proper use of all other tools. It is recommended to work end to end i.e., always have starting anchor point and end anchor point in first place and then add other anchor points on the path wherever required. This will help you in making flawless and clean designs and you can make changes in your design at any point you like.