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Drawing Curves with the Pen Tool

The Pen tool can be used to draw precise and complex curves by simply clicking and dragging it on the Stage. These curves can be modified with precision by adjusting the Bézier handles that extend from the anchor points, or you can move the anchor points themselves. In this way, you can create any number of shape variations. For best results, make the grid visible so aligning anchor points isn’t such a mystery.

Create Curved Line Segments

  1. Click the Pen tool on the Tools panel.

  2. Click on the Stage without releasing the mouse, drag up, and then release the mouse.

  3. Position the pointer to the right of the original point, drag in the opposite direction of the curve, and then release the mouse when the curve is where you want it.

  4. Continue adding points as needed. To end the path, double-click or point to the last anchor point drawn and click on it.

Create S-Curves

  1. Click the Pen tool on the Tools panel.

  2. Click on the Stage without releasing the mouse, drag down, and then release the mouse.

  3. Position the pointer to the right of the original point, drag in the same direction as the first drag, and then release the mouse when the curve is where you want it.

  4. Continue adding points as needed. To end the path, double-click or return to the last anchor point drawn and click on it.
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