Illustrator Pen Tool (Triceratops) Tricks


In this week’s free episode of Deke’s Techniques, Deke conducts a classic Pen tool in Adobe Illustrator tutorial in the service of tracing his triceratops logo.

As you can see in the image above, our dino-girl is made from a series of anchor points pushed and pulled and prodded into position to give her smooth organic lines.

In the video, Deke shows you how to use his template (which I’ve supplied at the bottom of the post) to put each point into the right place, then manipulate its control handles for the desired effect.

A triceratops horn shape with anchors and points in Adobe Illustrator

Along the way, you’ll see the standard tips and tricks for getting everything in the right place.

Trips for using the pen tool in Adobe Illustrator

Deke’s Techniques, classic Illustrator instruction with an even classic-er subject. (Don’t forget to download and try it for yourself!)

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