Magic #13 – Using the Pen tool in Illustrator and Photoshop

I think I finally got the hang of vector-making, or at least using the Pen tool most popular in Illustrator, but is also present in Photoshop (where you can actually make “faux-vectors”).

I forced myself to learn it in my new job. I used to have tremendous frustration in making the Pen tool work for my illustrations. It turned out that I had the wrong paradigm. I found out that the cartoons I see created using the Pen tool are not really drawn on the “workspace” from scratch. A paper illustration needs to be created first, and then it is traced by the Pen tool once the drawing is imported to Illustrator, or even just Photoshop.

The cartoon below is something I made using the Pen tool in Photoshop. It’s the image that really taught me how make the tool work to my advantage.


Excitement consumes me. Oh, the thought of near-endless possibilities!


3 thoughts on “Magic #13 – Using the Pen tool in Illustrator and Photoshop

  1. Nice one! 🙂
    I’ve also been learning to use Photoshop…and I find the pen tool really useful too…Its much faster and easier for me to make portraits using the pen tool..
    If you like, you could check out my own artwork, which I made in Photoshop….

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