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# Creating Straight & Curve Lines

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## Edwin Torres

on 4 October 2013

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#### Transcript of Creating Straight & Curve Lines

Lesson 11:
Creating Straight
&
Curved Paths

1. With the Pen Tool selected and the Paths icon selected in the Options Bar, click once anywhere inside your document.

When you do, you’ll add a small square point. We now have a starting point, also called “anchor point”.

Now we added a second anchor point. We now have a straight line joining the two points together! That straight line is our path. We need a minimum of two points to create a path.

2. Let’s add another point. Click somewhere else inside the document.
Group 8:
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Group 8:
The Undecideds
Creating
STRAIGHT
PATH
A Straight Line
Creating
Curved
Lines

1. First, make an anchor point, a start point just like in straight paths.

2. Click again to add a second anchor point, but this time, drag your mouse a little to the right of the anchor point to drag out direction handles. Hold down Shift as you drag to constrain your movement to a horizontal direction.

You’ll see your path appearing as a curve between the two anchor points! The further you drag your mouse, the longer you make the direction handles, and the more of a curve you create.
3. Click down and to the right of the second anchor point to add a third anchor point. This time, don’t click and drag, just click.
As soon as you add the third anchor point, a second path segment will appear, joining the second anchor point with the third one. And because our second anchor point has direction handles extending from it, this new path segment is also curved! We now have a nice, smooth arc starting from the first point on the left, then passing through the anchor point with the direction handles up top, and coming to an end at the third point.
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