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Pen Tool Mastery in Adobe Illustrator CS5

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Have you been ignoring Illustrator's Pen tool? Brian Wood, contributor to Adobe Illustrator CS5 Classroom in a Book, wasn't crazy about working with the Pen tool, but after a bit of experimentation he has come to rely on it. Tune in here to learn some of Brian's best Pen tool techniques.

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Pen Tool Cursors

Pen Tool Cursors

When working in any Adobe application, you need to pay attention to the cursor as you work with tools. The Pen tool cursor in Illustrator tells you a story (a really short story). So it's important to watch what Illustrator's Pen tool cursor is telling you in certain situations. Figure 3 shows each of the cursors that appear as you work with the Pen tool. Note that if the Caps Lock key is pressed, the cursor changes to a "Precise" cursor (which looks like an X at first).

Figure 3 Pen tool cursors in Illustrator.

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