- Drawing Objects
- Using the Direct Selection Tool
- Drawing Basic Shapes
- Drawing Stars
- Drawing Simple Lines
- Drawing Straight Paths
- Drawing Curved Paths
- Mixing Straight and Curved Path Segments
- Attaching Curves at Angles
- Adding, Deleting, and Converting Anchor Points
- Extending and Connecting Open Paths
- Splitting Paths
- Creating Corner Effects
- Making Compound Paths
- Creating Paths with the Pencil Tool
- Editing Paths with the Smooth and Erase Tools
- Using Type as a Graphic Element
- Using Outlines as Masks
- Using Outlines as Text Frames
Drawing Simple Lines
In addition to the shape tools, there is a Line tool, which is useful for adding callouts or pointers.
Select the Line tool from the Tools palette .
Click and drag to draw a line.
Press the Shift key while dragging to constrain the line to 45° (45 degree) increments.
Press the (Option) [Alt] key while dragging to expand the line from the center point outward.
To move the line while you are drawing it, press the spacebar to move it. Release the spacebar (but not the mouse!) to continue drawing.
Double-clicking the Line tool on the Tools palette displays the Stroke palette, allowing you to change the thickness and other attributes of the stroke. See "Stroking Paths" in Chapter 9, "Coloring and Transforming Objects."