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Well, there you have it. I hope that this article has familiarized you enough with the workings of the Pen tool to give it a shot. Just remember that the Pen tool takes practice. Lots of practice. Use it as much as you can in your projects—even tracing raster images—and someday you really will master this tool. For more Pen tool info, look for relevant articles at, such as David Karlins' article "Vector Drawing with Illustrator: Easier Than You Think," and be sure to cheek out Adobe TV.

Brian Wood is a seasoned web developer and web/print technology trainer. An Adobe Certified Instructor in Acrobat 9 Pro, Illustrator CS4, Dreamweaver CS4, InDesign CS3, and Photoshop CS3, Brian has authored several training books, including Adobe InDesign CS2 Hands-On-Training, Adobe Illustrator CS5 Classroom in a Book, and others, all published by Peachpit Press. He has also authored online training videos for Dreamweaver, InDesign, Illustrator, Acrobat, Expression Web, and other products.

Brian provides corporate training to companies nationwide, and is an active developer. He co-owns and, and he has a training video blog at

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