Essential Skills for Designers - Mastering the Pen Tool
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Essential Skills for Designers - Mastering the Pen Tool

Learn everything you need to know about the tool that every Designer has to master!
4.5 (163 ratings)
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1,137 students enrolled
Created by Martin Perhiniak
Last updated 5/2013
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This course includes
  • 2 hours on-demand video
  • 1 article
  • 6 downloadable resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll learn
  • Mastering the Pen Tool
  • Become familiar with the most important tool in Vector drawing
  • Learn to work with Paths
  • Gain an invaluable skill that can be used in Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign
  • Be faster and more efficient working on design projects
Requirements
  • Photoshop CS3+
  • Illustrator CS3+
  • InDesign CS3+
Description

About the course:

Most of the tools of Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign are easy to learn and understand, but there is one major exception: the Pen tool. It is a very versatile vector drawing tool present in all three applications and can save you a lot of time and effort in many ways if you learn to use it properly. It can be used for drawing shapes and illustrations, creating custom frames for your layouts, making selections of your images, designing custom paths for your type, drawing artistic effects and so much more.

In this course we will learn everything you need to know about the Pen tool. You can master it following many exercises and in less than 2 hours you can become a real Pen tool pro in Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign.

The course includes:

  1. 17 instructional video tutorials
  2. Quizzes about the techniques learnt in each section
  3. Exercise files used in the course to help follow along and practice
  4. Essential Skills for Designers & Career Guide PDF
  5. Design Terminology PDF
  6. Useful Keyboard Shortcuts PDF
  7. Collection of Useful websites for Designers PDF
  8. Certificate of completion

How long will the course take to complete?

This course will take only 2 hours to complete, but it will take some time to put all the techniques into practice.

How the course is structured?

The course is structured into 17 videos, each explaining a technique for working with the Pen tool. It is recommended to watch the videos in order of the outline but you can also choose to watch them individually. After each section you can take Quizzes to revise the crucial techniques and definitions learnt on the way.

Why take this course?

Easy. If you want to get a job as a designer either being employed or freelancing, you have to know how to work with the Pen Tool  This course will make you very confident about this essential skill for designers. This course is for you if you are planning to take your design skills to the next level and want to become a Pro in no time.

Who this course is for:
  • Beginner to Professional Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign users
  • Freelance Designers
  • Design Interns
  • Design Students
  • Creative Professionals
  • Anyone preparing for the InDesign Adobe Certified Expert exam
Course content
Expand all 24 lectures 02:04:47
+ Useful Resources for Creative Professionals
4 lectures 00:00
Use this checklist to tick off the courses you finished from Yes I’m a Designer and track your progress becoming a creative professional!
Preview 1 page
A collection of key terms and definitions used by Creative Professionals. Learn more about them from Yes I’m a Designer courses!
Preview 7 pages
A collection of useful websites and resources for designers.
Preview 1 page
A collection of most commonly used keyboard shortcuts for designers.
Preview 5 pages
+ Pen Tool Basics
4 lectures 13:06
Exercise Files
00:06
Answer these questions to practice what you learnt in this section.
Pen Tool Basics
7 questions
+ Drawing with the Pen Tool
4 lectures 46:11
Drawing straight lines
06:41
Drawing curves
16:34
Drawing complex shapes
14:15
Drawing symmetrical shapes
08:41
Answer these questions to practice what you learnt in this section.
Drawing with the Pen tool
15 questions
+ Working with Paths
5 lectures 28:51
Creating Custom Shapes and Symbols
07:01
Creating custom frames in InDesign
03:41
Selecting, Editing and Saving Paths
05:41
Combining Paths
08:24
Smooth Tool and Simplify Path
04:04
Answer these questions to practice what you learnt in this section.
Working with Paths
11 questions
+ Pen Tool workflows
5 lectures 19:42
Making selections with Paths
04:11
Masking with Paths
04:50
Type on a Path
02:56
Stroke Paths
04:46
3D shapes from Paths
02:59

Answer these questions to practice what you learnt in this section.

Pen Tool workflows
11 questions