Class Info

  • Date: Wednesday, February 21, 2024
  • Meeting Info: In Person P116


Using the Pen Tools

Today, we will begin our exploration of the pen tools that Illustrator has to offer.

Pen Tools


What you can expect to learn

  • Use the Pen Tool to create complex shapes
  • Create paths and shapes with the Pen Tool
    • Straight lines, Curved lines (Bezier Curves) 
  • Add Remove Anchor Points with the Pen Tool 
  • Explore the Curvature Tool
  • Converting Smooth Points to Corner Points
  • Join Tool – joining paths
  • Using the Scissor Tool – Splitting a  path
  • Creating Dashed Lines
  • Use of Arrowheads


Each week we will review homework assignments from the previous class. Students will participate in reviewing material and offering suggestions for improvement for their cohort. This week we discuss the creation of shapes, choosing color and alignment, and composition. The class will discuss the Stacking Order and create a pencil illustration using several shapes.


Lab assignments are done during class time. Practice creating straight lines, and Bezier curves in the four files provided. In each work, the area provided create at least four examples of using the pen without the template. Templates will be emailed in .ai format.


Each week you will need to respond to two questions posted. This is a requirement for participation part of your grade.

Homework Due Next Class: 

All work should be submitted by 5:00 pm the day before class.

Each file should be saved according to the following naming convention. i.e., (Illustrator).

  • Use the 04PenTemplate and trace over the template on the drawing layer to practice using the pen tool.
  • In template, draw a pear following the template. This will be demonstrated in class. Save it in the correct naming convention and email it to your folder.


Curvature Tool, Straight Lines, Bezier Curves, Adding and Removing Anchor Points, Anchor Point Tool (Converting Smooth to Corner Anchors).


Here are some notes that you should read to educate yourself in the topic area described above.