Drawing with the Pen Tool
Flash CS4 Tutorial
How to Use the Flash Pen Tool
The Pen tool has become standard equipment with several software packages. It is included in Illustrator, Photoshop and Flash. If you take the time to master the Pen tool, your skills transfer between the packages.
Whenever you create an object with the Pen tool, you are drawing a stroke with no fill. Once the shape is complete, it is possible to return to the object with the Paint Bucket tool and fill the interior.
For best results, create your Pen tool shapes with a minimum of points. As you pull the handles, leave room between points so adjoining handles don't overlap. Overlapping handles can cause creases in your artwork.
In this example we will draw a letter D with the Pen tool.
Select the Pen tool (p key) and set a Stoke color and Stroke width in the Properties panel (Window > Properties).
Click the first point to start a line.
For a rounded shape, click a point and drag the handle.
To add a sharp corner, click without dragging.
To close the shape, hover the cursor over the first point. Once the small circle appears, click the first point to close the object.
Merge Shapes and Drawing Objects
The Pen tool creates either Merge Shapes or Drawing Objects. To select the object type, click the Object Drawing icon in the lower section of the Tools panel.
Instant Transform Tool
To access the Transform tool while drawing, press and hold the Cmd key (PC - Ctrl key) while drawing your shape.
Press and hold the Shift key to constrain the line direction to horizontal, vertical or a 45 degree angle.
How Do I Escape from the Pen Tool?
To escape from the Pen tool at any time, press the Esc key.