The Pen Tool: Drawing & Editing Paths in AI - #8

The Pen Tool: Drawing & Editing Paths in AI – #8

The Pen Tool: Drawing & Editing Paths in AI – #8

This lesson will introduce you to Illustrator’s Pen Tool. In the first two Modules, you will learn about Paths, and how to draw them with the Pen. In Module Three, you will learn how to edit and reshape these Paths quickly and easily.

Module Description Step
1 Understanding Paths 1-10
2 Drawing Paths 1-17
3 Editing Paths 1-20
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MODULE 1 • Understanding Paths

Step Description
1A Before we begin, note that both Mac and Windows commands and keyboard shortcuts are written in this script, and occasionally mentioned in the audio. The script also includes both one- and two-button mouse commands (there is no Right-Click on a one-button mouse-see 1B).The instructor in this video works on a Mac with a one-button mouse this video will show Mac and One Button Mouse Commands. Here are the Keyboard Shortcut abbreviations and differences:

  • Mac: Command (Cmd) =  Windows: Control (Ctrl)
  • Mac: Option (Opt) = Windows: (Alt)
  • Shortcut directions are written as follows:
    • Cmd/Ctrl + Keyboard Letter
    • Keyboard Letter + Opt/Alt

This means press & hold the Command key if you have a Mac, or the Control Key if you have a Windows platform, then press the letter.

1B A note on Mouse actions:

  • Two-Button Mouse: Right Click to open the Right Click Menu
  • One-Button Mouse/Track pad: Press & Hold the Control (Ctrl) Key while you click to open the Right Click Menu-also called the Context Menu.

If you have a one-button mouse for your Mac, you might want to configure it to act like a two-button mouse:

  • Go to System Preferences.
  • Open up the Mouse options
  • On the “Point & Click” page, check the box to the left of “Secondary Click: Click on Right Side”.
  • Your Mouse will now work like a Two-Button Mouse.
2 To begin this Module, download, save and open the file listed below this video named Paths-1, just as you have done in previous lessons.


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