Using the pen tools is a hot mess

Explorer ,
Aug 24, 2022 Aug 24, 2022

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I can't for the life of me understand how all the pen/path tools work. I can draw a path easily with the freeform pen tool. But then if I want to move an anchor I have to go into the direct selection tool (is that correct?). While moving an anchor with the direct selection tool I may uncover that there are extra anchor being revealed, guess what? I have to go into the delete anchor tool. Now I want to adjust a tangent, time to go into another tool. Is there a way to move, delete, add, adjust tangents all within the same tool? I can understand having one tool to create a path and one to edit but 5 tools seems totally confusing.

 

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Aug 24, 2022 Aug 24, 2022

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No need to change tools.  Hold down the Ctrl (Cmd) key to edit a point. Hold down the Alt (Opt) key to adjust the hhandle on side of the point. Alt (Opt) click a point to change it from a curve to a sharp change of direction.

 

This series of videos on using the Pen tool is excellent, but is a bit out of date in that they were made before the Curveture Pen tool was available.

 

www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ld03mF5JvK4&t=3s

 

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Aug 25, 2022 Aug 25, 2022

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In addition, you can use the Pen tool to add and delete anchor points. Hover over an anchor point and the cursor gets a minus symbol. Click to delete the point. Watch for the plus symbol and then click to add a point.

 

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Aug 26, 2022 Aug 26, 2022

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Thank you, that works a lot better now. 

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Aug 25, 2022 Aug 25, 2022

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Hello, On Linked In Learning, Deke McClelland has an excellent class on the topic of the pen tool in various Adobe software.

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