Mastering Bézier curves

Used properly, the Bézier-curving Pen tool is extremely powerful and versatile. Ben the Illustrator shows you how to get the most out of it.

From furniture to album sleeves, few would argue that the 1960s bore witness to some classic designs. It was also the decade when the curve came to prominence, as employed by the French mechanical engineer Pierre Bzier.

The Pen tool's use of Bzier curves makes it one of the most valuable features of Adobe Illustrator, and it can create beautifully flowing lines, perfectly realistic shapes and super-fresh graphics.

However, Bzier curves can be difficult to get to grips with, and it's easy to pick up bad habits on the journey to understanding how they work. This tutorial goes back to basics and focuses on the simplest methods and best practice for their use, before moving on to cover more advanced techniques and effects.

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