4. Pen Tool

Pen tool
Summary

Learning to use the pen tool is...well, tricky! This lesson is designed to give students lots of practice so that in future lessons they can use it and not be afraid of it. They will learn how to make lines and shapes with the pen tool and learn how to use the color picker to fill those shapes with color.

Lesson Resources

The resources below are available to teachers with a premium account. Learn more.

  • Lesson Plan and Presentation (PDF)
  • Pen tool Exercise (AI)
  • Assignments (PDF)
  • Tutorial Assignment (AI)
  • Fleur de Lis for Tutorial (JPG)
  • Drawing for Tutorial (JPG)
  • Finished Project Example (AI)
Videos
Part 1: Explaining how to use it
Part 2: Setting up your Layers
Part 3: Tracing a shape with the pen tool
Part 4: Using the pathfinder
Part 5: From drawing to Illustrator
Part 6: From Drawing to Illustrator
Part 7: From drawing to Illustrator
Part 8: From drawing to Illustrator
Part 9: From drawing to Illustrator