adobe illustrator cc tutorial pen tool

Adobe Illustrator CC Tutorial using Pen Tool

In Adobe Illustrator, for Beginners by Jason Secrest

Adobe Illustrator CC Tutorial using the pen tool along with our anchor point guides.

In this beginner Adobe Illustrator CC pen tool tutorial we will be going through a simple process of inking and coloring using live paint. We will also add shadows and halftone effects. In this easy to follow tutorial we will be going through our resource anchor point guide to build our character and practice using the the pen tool with our direct selection tools.

Doodle Monkey Sticker
Anchor Point Guides

Anchor point guides are designed to make life easier as you are learning where to place anchors while using the pen tool and how to adjust handles using the direct selection tool.

Using Pen Tool

We will be using our 2 step approach to using the pen tool. The first is using straight lines to just get down our anchor points. We will then be using the convert anchor tool to create curves and handles.

Color & Shadows

Using live paint and the knife tool are fast ways of getting down flat color and shadows without having to use pathfinder to new create shapes.

Inking using the Pen Tool

Adding on Line Variation using Cartoon Brushes

You will have more control over the placement and width of each of your lines using the Cartoon Brushes. The process will be a combination of using the Brushes to get down the initial thickness and stroke width. The second step will be modifying the placement of the variation using the so we can edit later. This 2-Step Process allows for more control over your Line Variation compared to using your Tablet with Pressure.

Download Brushes

1. The Direct Download will make it very easy to download the zipped brushes file. Simply Extract All of the contents and follow along with the rest of the video.

Open Other Library

2. In your Brushes Panel, Window – Brushes. In the Bottom Left Hand Corner you will see a Brushes Library icon that looks like books. Click on it and scroll down to Other Library. Open Brush Library from folder.

Adding Line Weight

3. Depending on your own Style or preference, I would recommend adding a little more line weight to your artwork. The mistake I see a lot of beginners make is keeping the line weight at 1pt.

Cartoon Brushes

4. We have 17 Brush Libraries in our folder. You can use any one of them during this tutorial. All you have to do is line up the thin edge which will be floating in space. The Thick ends will represent our values which will be merging into other areas and strokes.

FUN PLACES TO START

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STEP #1: Follow Along to our Free Beginner Guide + Tutorials. This is a great place to start if you are New to the Website or Adobe Illustrator.
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STEP #2:  Our Tutorials use our Brushes quite a bit during the Line Variation and Editing steps. You can Download + Install our Cartoon Brushes to follow along.
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STEP #3: We have plenty of step by step content available for you to follow along with your Brushes.