In this guide, you’ll learn how to draw vector art in Illustrator. Most vector editing programs, such as CorelDraw and Inkscape, have variations of these tools.
A large portion of drawing vector art consists of using shape presets such as rectangles, triangles and circles.
Look for the Rectangle, Rounded Rectangle, Ellipse or Polygon tool on the left toolbar.
Hold down the mouse button over these tools to swap shapes.
Select any shape tool.
Click and drag your mouse pointer until you’re satisfied with the size.
With the Polygon tool, click on the screen to open a dialog box for choosing the number of sides desired.
- Tip: To draw perfect squares or circles, hold Shift as you create the shape.
Drawing Lines, Curves and Objects
Great for precision, Illustrator’s Pen tool uses anchor points to create custom shapes.
After selecting the Pen tool, click to create the first anchor point.
Click again for the second anchor point. A line will appear between them.
Continue placing anchor points until you have a shape you like.
To finish the object, return to the first anchor point and click on it.
To move anchor points or curve handles afterwards, pick the Direct Selection tool — a white arrow — from the toolbox. Select an anchor point and drag it to change that part of the shape.
- Tip: To create curves instead of straight lines, hold down the mouse button and drag as you add anchor points.
Drawing Freeform Shapes
All vector editors let you sketch. In Illustrator, the Pencil tool creates freehand lines and shapes. These are helpful for drawing comics, cartoons and artwork, especially if you have a digital tablet. Just click and drag to draw anything you want!
- Tip: While drawing, press Alt to draw a straight line.
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