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28 Pen Tool Drawing Tutorials from Beginner to Advanced

The Pen tool is the most basic essential tool used to create vector graphics. With it we can draw smooth, precise lines, Bézier curves, and complex shapes. We can transform rough, tentative sketches into flowing vector contours. The great thing about vector images is that they won’t lose resolution or quality no matter at what size they are printed. The Pen tool is a tool used in both Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator and various other bitmap and vector graphics programs.

Most digital artists begin by using ‘Brush tool’ or ‘Pencil tool’ in their graphics programs. These tools are fairly intuitive, their function is very similar to using brushes and pencils in the real world. However, the ‘Pen tool’ is different in that is uses anchor points to create an exact path. The path is reshaped, not by erasing, but by manipulating these anchor points.

It can be difficult at the start, learning how to draw a series of lines and curves, when to click the mouse button once, or twice, or where to drag to create a curve segment. But with a bit of practice, you will learn to love the Pen tool, and never look back. I have compiled a list of tutorials that are great for honing in your skills using the ‘Pen tool’.

The following tutorials go from the basics to beginner to advanced. Some of the final images may not be what you are aiming at. But you will find that the principles, commands, and actions are indispensable for you in you journey to master the valuable ‘Pen Tool’.

Photoshop’s Pen Tool: The Comprehensive Guide, tutorial by Ian Yates

Photoshop’s Pen Tool: The Comprehensive Guide by Ian Yates

 

Illustrator’s Pen Tool: The Comprehensive Guide, tutorial by Ian Yates

Illustrator’s Pen Tool: The Comprehensive Guide by Ian Yates

 

Essentials of the Pen and Pencil Tools, from AdobeTV

 

Adobe Illustrator Pen Tool Tutorial by Harry Hamernik

http://vimeo.com/6874824

Practicing With the Pen Tool, tutorial by Elias Sarantopoulos

Pen Tool tutorial by Aaron Spencer

Master the Pen Tool Under 30 Minutes, tutorial by Simon Hubbert

Master the Pen Tool Under 30 Minutes, by Simon Hubbert

 

Make a Mailbox Icon, tutorial by Iaroslav Lazunov

Make a Mailbox Icon, by Iaroslav Lazunov

 

Create a Colorful Cake Illustration in Photoshop, tutorial by Miriam Moshinsky

Create a Colorful Cake Illustration in Photoshop, tutorial by Miriam Moshinsky

 

How to Create an Elegant, Vector Pen in Illustrator, tutorial by Ali

How to Create an Elegant, Vector Pen in Illustrator, by Ali

 

How To Create A Cute Snail, tutorial by Iaroslav Lazunov

How To Create A Cute Snail, by Iaroslav Lazunov

 

Drawing a City Portrait Using Adobe Illustrator, tutorial by Mokhtaar Faqeeh

Drawing City Portrait Using Adobe Illustrator Tutorial by Mokhtaar Faqeeh

 

Create A Ladybird in Illustrator, tutorial by Ilie Ciorba

Create A Ladybird, tutorial by Ilie Ciorba

 

Modeling the Human Face, tutorial by Iaroslav Lazunov

Modeling the Human Face, tutorial by Iaroslav Lazunov

 

Craft a Vector Collegiate Notebook Design, tutorial by Jonathan

Craft a Vector Collegiate Notebook Design, tutorial by Jonathan

 

Create a Corn Cob in Illustrator, tutorial by Jasmina Stanojevic

Create a Corn Cob in Adobe Illustrator, tutorial by Jasmina Stanojevic

 

How to Create a Cool Monkey Character, tutorial by Callum Chapman

How to Create a Cool Monkey Character in Illustrator tutorial by Callum Chapman

 

How to Create an Eagle Head Sticker, tutorial by Simona Pfreundner

How to Create an Eagle Head Sticker, tutorial by Simona Pfreundner

 

How to Create a Rocketing, Vector Aircraft Shuttle, tutorial by Ferry Ickhwano

How to Create a Rocketing, Vector Aircraft Shuttle, tutorial by Ferry Ickhwano

 

Create a Creamy Ice Cream Poster on Illustrator, tutorial by Marcos Torres

Create a Creamy Ice Cream Poster on Illustrator, tutorial by Marcos Torres

 

Create Retro Graphics in Illustrator, by Ryan Brinkerhoff

Create retro graphics in Illustrator, by Ryan Brinkerhoff

 

 How To Create A Colorful Parrot, tutorial by Vanessa Colina

How To Create A Colorful Parrot, tutorial by Vanessa Colina

 

 Create a Kaleidoscopic Effect, tutorial by Martin Sati

Create a Kaleidoscopic Effect, tutorial by Martin Sati

 

 How to Create a Zodiac-Themed Portrait in Adobe Illustrator CS5, tutorial by Sharon Milne

How to Create a Zodiac-Themed Portrait in Adobe Illustrator CS5, by Sharon Milne

 

Layer Up Vectors For Unique Effects, tutorial by Tom Mac

Layer up vectors for unique effects, by Tom Mac

 

An Illustrator’s Project: From Start to Finish, tutorial by Zena Santos

An Illustrator’s Project: From Start to Finish, tutorial by Zena Santos

 

Create a Badass Hip Hop Character in Illustrator, tutorial by Marcos Torres

Create a Badass Hip Hop Character in Illustrator, tutorial by Marcos Torres

 

How to Create a Punk Nouveau Mermaid in Adobe Illustrator, tutorial by Asher Benson

How to Create a Punk Nouveau Mermaid in Adobe Illustrator, tutorial by Asher Benson
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