Inkscape bezier pen tool

Inkscape bezier pen tool tutorial. Learn how to make handles while drawing. The pen tool is challenging, but easier when you know these tips! Watch the video here: Bezier pen tool video

Inkscape bezier pen tool

Inkscape bezier pen tool: Shortcuts

Learning the pen tool is challenging. However, once you know it, you know it. The pen tool is arguably the best tool in all of Inkscape. Or most design programs for that matter.

Let’s begin!

Inkscape bezier pen tool TUTORIAL (2)

Shortcut one

The first shortcut for the bezier pen tool is “Shift+L”.

First of all, select the pen tool. Click on the board and click up and to the right. Pull till you have a curve. Let go of the mouse. The green line is the curve you made, the red line is attached to your pen. To create a single handle to make a corner simply press “Shift+L+.

Easy, right? Now you know. The second shortcut is easy too.

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Inkscape bezier pen tool TUTORIAL (1)

Shortcut two

The second shortcut is “Shift+U”. It is the same as the first method except you must press “Shift+U”. The difference is that it gives two handles. 

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Shortcut three

The third shortcut is just plain “Shift”. This method will give you two handles. 

The trick to this bezier pen tool shortcut is to still hold the mouse in the pull. Leave your finger on the left mouse click. Then press shift while holding to move the handle to the desired location. In the image I’ve just done a right angle.

The green line is a completed curve the red is still attached to your pen. Either click again, or press enter to end your line.

Inkscape bezier pen tool TUTORIAL

That’s really all there is to it! Just practice to get better and faster.

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