Lesson 1

Use the Pen Tool

 

OBJECTIVE:
In this lesson, you will use the Pen tool to create a complex vector graphic

 

Sample Solution

 

Lesson:  Create straight segments

  1. Open ID 7-1.indd from the server folder
  2. Save as ID_C7_L1_Halloween Witch (your username) to your server folder
  3. Click View on the Application bar, point to Display Performance, then click High Quality Display
  4. Click the Default Fill and Stroke button on the Tools panel
  5. Click the Zoom tool, then draw a selection box around the bottom half of the witch template
  6. Verify that Layer 2 is targeted on the Layers panel, click the Pen tool, then click the center of the purple star at the bottom-right corner of the witch template
    [TIP:  The Pen tool may be hidden behind the Add Anchor Point tool, the Delete Anchor Point tool, or the Convert Direction Point tool]
  7. Press and hold Shift, then click point 1 by clicking the small white square next to it
    [TIP:  As you proceed, click the small white square next to each consecutive number--pressing and holding Shift constrains the Pen tool to create either straight lines or diagonal lines at 45 degrees]
  8. Press and hold Spacebar to access the Hand tool, then click and drag the document window using the Hand tool to scroll to the top of the witch's hat]
  9. Press and hold Shift, then click point 2
  10. Release Shift, bypass point 3, then click point 4

Summary:  You created straight segments with the Pen tool.

 

Lesson:  Add an anchor point to a path

  1. Position the Pen tool pointer over the path between point 2 and point 4
    [TIP:  When the pen tool pointer is positioned directly over a path, it changes to the Add Anchor Point tool pointer (the Pen tool with a plus sign)]
  2. Click anywhere on the path between the two points—an anchor point is added where you clicked
  3. Click the direct Selection tool, click the new anchor point, then drag it to point 3
    [TIP:  Only the direct selection tool allows you to select a single point on a path]
  4. Click the Pen tool, then click point 5—an anchor point is created, but it is not joined to the existing path
  5. Click Edit on the Application bar, then click Undo Add New Item—the stray anchor point is removed
  6. Click point 4 with the Pen tool pointer to reconnect with the path, then click point 5
    [TIP:  To reconnect to an open path, simply click the end point with the Pen tool pointer]
  7. Click point 5, then drag a direction line to the center of the yellow star—this path has made an abrupt change in direction—the new direction line points in the direction that the path will go in order to draw the next segment

Summary:   You added an anchor point to the path, then repositioned it.  You then reconnected to the path, which allowed you to continue drawing.

 

Lesson:  Create curved segments

  1. Position the Pen tool pointer over point 6, then click and drag a direction line to the next yellow star
  2. Position the Pen tool pointer over point 7, then click and drag a direction line to the next yellow star
  3. Position the Pen tool pointer over point 8, then click and drag a direction line to the next yellow star
  4. Position the Pen tool pointer over point 9, then click and drag a direction line to the yellow star between points 12 and 11

Summary:  You created four curved segments.

 

Lesson:  Use the Convert Direction Point tool to change directions while drawing

  1. Click the Pen tool pointer on point 10—the path does not follow the template because the direction line on point 9 points in a different direction
  2. Click the Direct Selection tool, then drag the direction line from point 9 to position the path properly between points 9 and 10—because the direction lines are joined by the same anchor point, manipulating the path between points 9 and 10 also repositions the path between points 8 and 9
  3. Click Edit on the Application bar, then click Undo Modify Path
  4. Click the convert Direction Point tool, then drag the direction line from point 9 to position the path properly between points 9 and 10—the convert Direction Point tool allows you to alter the path between points 9 and 10 without affecting the path between points 8 and 9
  5. Click the Pen tool, click point 10 to reconnect to the path, then click point 11
  6. Position the Pen tool pointer over point 12, then click and drag a direction line to the yellow star above and slightly to the left of it—the direction line does not point toward the next point—point 13
  7. Click point 12 with the Pen tool pointer—clicking a point with the Pen tool pointer removes the direction line
  8. Position the Pen tool pointer over point 13, then click and drag a direction line to the yellow star
  9. Position the Pen tool pointer over point 14, then click and drag a direction line to the yellow star
  10. Using the same skills used in steps 6 through 9, create points 15 through 18
  11. Click the starting anchor point (on the purple star) to close the path—a small circle appears next to the Pen tool pointer when the Pen tool pointer is directly over the starting anchor point
  12. Click the Swap Fill and Stroke button on the Tools panel, fit the page in the window, then hide Layer 1 on the Layers panel
  13. Save your work
  14. Go to File, Export to create a PDF file
  15. Close Halloween Witch
  16. Post to the Hulk server

Summary:  You finished drawing a closed path. You used the convert Direction Point tool to change direction while drawing.