pentool Draw lines and shapes

Vector curves (lines and shapes) are easily created using the Pen Tool. The tool has several modes that change the way the curve is drawn.

Pen tool To draw precise curves with the Pen Tool:
  1. Select the Pen Tool.
  2. On the context toolbar, click one of the modes:
    • Pen mode Pen Mode—click-drag on the page to create repeated nodes; repositioning the displayed off-curve control handles at each node defines the shape of the next segment as you lay down nodes.
    • Smart mode Smart Mode—click repeatedly on the page to lay down each node; a best fitting curve is created without need for control handle adjustment.
    • Polygon mode Polygon Mode—click repeatedly on the page to lay down each node; a line is created with sharp nodes made up of straight segments.
    • Line mode Line Mode—click and drag on the page to create a simple single-segment straight line.
  3. To complete the curve without closing it, press the . To close the curve, click on the starting node.
To continue an existing curve:
  1. Place the pen pointer over the final node on the curve that you want to continue.
  2. Click once to select the node.
  3. Continue to place new nodes as needed.
Close Curve To close curves to create a custom shape:

Do one of the following:

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