The pen tool is a tricky but powerful friend in Illustrator; it can help you digitize your hand lettering and calligraphy in a beautiful and clean way but can be difficult to learn.
Let me assure you: the more you practice using the pen tool, the easier it will be to use it! Knowing the basic rules for how to use the pen tool in Illustrator helps a ton.
Follow along this tutorial to learn how to use the pen tool to create a beautiful monoline hand lettered script, and receive a downloadable pen tool cheat sheet.
Video length: 7:56
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"You explain the pen tool so well! Your "rules of thumb" are things I knew but never knew how to explain. This will really help me when I'm teaching Illustrator. Thank you!"
- Purrs ASMR
Hey, I'm Jenn Coyle, a Philadelphia-based designer, illustrator, online teacher, and minimalist. I blog at hellobrio.com. I love to teach all about digitizing your artwork in Photoshop and Illustrator, so you can increase your skills for client work, sell digital products, and make more money doing what you love.