The Pen tool creates anchor points with adjustable handles to make paths and closed objects.
Using it is a good way to create curved lines that are nice and smooth.
Add Anchor Point tool ( + )
The Add Anchor Point tool adds anchor points to paths. See Adding and deleting anchor points.
Delete Anchor Point tool ( - )
The Delete Anchor Point tool deletes anchor points from paths. See Adding and deleting anchor points.
Convert Anchor Point tool (Shift+C)
The Convert Anchor Point tool changes smooth points to corner points and vice versa. See Convert between smooth points and corner points.
The Arc tool draws individual concave or convex curve segments. See Draw arcs.
The Spiral tool draws clockwise and counterclockwise spirals. See Draw spirals.
Rectangular Grid tool draws
The grid tools help you quickly draw rectangular and polar grids. Use the Rectangular Grid tool to create rectangular grids of a specified size with a specified number of dividers.
Use the Polar Grid tool to create concentric circles of a specified size and a specified number of dividers.
Polar Grid tool
The pointer becomes a crosshair that you can drag on the artboard. Select a Stroke color from the Colors area of the Tools panel.
Click and drag on the artboard, and then release the mouse when the grid is the size you need.
Rectangle tool (M)
The Rectangle tool draws squares and rectangles. See Draw rectangles and squares.
Rounded Rectangle tool
The Rounded Rectangle tool draws squares and rectangles with rounded corners. See Draw rectangles and squares.
Ellipse Tool (L)
• Click and drag to draw.
• Holding down the spacebar allows you to freeze and freely move your shape around while still drawing. This works with all the Line and Shape Tools.
• After drawing, you can click once to open the dialog box and see what the settings are for what you've just drawn. Click OK if you want to copy it, otherwise click Cancel.
The Polygon tool draws regular, multi-sided shapes. See Draw polygons.
Drag until the star is the desired size. Drag the pointer in an arc to rotate the star. Press the Up Arrow and Down Arrow to add and remove points from the star.
Click where you want the center of the star to be. For Radius 1, specify the distance from the center of the star to the star’s innermost points. For Radius 2, specify the distance from the center of the star to the star’s outermost points. For Points, specify how many points you want the star to have. Then click OK. To increase or decrease the number of points in the star, you can also use the up and down arrow keys while drawing the star.
You can smooth the appearance of paths as well as simplify paths by removing excess anchor points.
Path Eraser tool
The Path Eraser tool erases paths and anchor points from the object. See Erase artwork.
The Perspective Grid allows creating and rendering artwork in perspective. See About Perspective Grid.
Perspective Selection tool
The Perspective Selection tool allows you to bring objects, text, and symbols in perspective, move objects in perspective, move objects in perpendicular to its current direction. See About Perspective Grid.