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Adobe Illustrator Basics

Learning the tools of the trade

Challenge 3

The Pen Tool

The Pen Tool makes appearances across almost the entire Adobe product range. Its function and behavior varies depending on the application, but by mastering it you’ll find your work quicker, smoother and with better results. This guide will give you a comprehensive basis for working with the Pen Tool in Illustrator.


  • To activate the pen tool, press “P” on your keyboard

  • To undo your last action, press “Command” and “Z” on your keyboard

the bezier curve

The Bezier Curve is an element of the pen tool that used to mathematically generate a curve that has two endpoints and control points to specify the curve direction.

Instructed by Nick Pettit – @nickynick