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Drawing with the Pencil Tool

> Basic Diagram Knowledge > Drawing with the Pencil Tool
Posted by James Freeman | 12/23/2019
Drawing with the Pencil tool. It lets you draw open and closed paths as if you were drawing with a pencil on paper.

Pencil tool

Pencil tool enables you to draw open and closed paths as if you were drawing with a pencil on paper. It is most useful for fast sketching or creating a hand-drawn look. Once you draw a path, you can immediately change it if necessary.

Anchor points are set down as you draw with the Pencil tool; you do not determine where they are positioned. However, you can adjust them once the path is complete. The number of anchor points set down is determined by the length and complexity of the path.

Draw Freeform Paths with the Pencil Tool

  1. On Symbols tab, in Drawing Tools group, select the Pencil Tool.
  2. Position the tool where you want the path to begin, and drag to draw a path.

freeform paths

  1. As you drag, a dotted line follows the pointer. Anchor points appear at both ends of the path and at various points along it. The path takes on the current stroke and fill attributes, and remains selected by default.

Draw Closed Paths with the Pencil Tool

  1. On Symbols tab, in Drawing Tools group, select the Pencil Tool.
  2. Position the tool where you want the path to begin, and start dragging to draw a path.
  3. When the path is in the size and shape you want, move mouse to the first anchor point and release mouse button. The path will be closed.
  4. Draw a closed path with pencil tool

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