The Pen Tool in Affinity Photo for iPad is a drawing and tracing tool used to create precise and accurate lines and shapes. In this blog post, we will show you how to use the Pen tool like a pro! We will cover the basics of using the Pen tool and the Node tool, as well as some advanced tips and tricks. So whether you are a beginner or an experienced user, this blog post definitely has something for you to learn!
What is the Pen Tool?
The Pen tool is a drawing and outlining instrument used to produce precise lines, curves and shapes. Graphic designers, illustrators, and architects typically use it to create vector illustrations.
The Pen tool is tailor-made to draw straight lines, curved lines, or any shape imaginable. It is also very useful for creating paths and complex line art.
One of the great things about the Pen Tool is that it is very easy to use. In this blog post, we will show you some of the different ways you can use the Pen tool in Affinity Photo for iPad.
But before we get into that, let’s take a look at the basics of how to use the Pen tool.
If you are new to the Pen tool, don’t worry! It is not as difficult to use as it may seem. With a little practice, you will be able to create beautiful lines, curves, paths and shapes in no time!
How to use the Pen tool in Affinity Photo for iPad
To use the Pen Tool, first go to the Toolbar and tap on the Pen tool icon. Then choose the Pen Tool from the drop-down menu. You can begin drawing once you’ve chosen the Pen Tool and the Pen Tool Mode.
That’s all about the basics of how to use the Pen tool.
What are the different Pen Tool Modes?
Pen tool modes are the different ways you can use the Pen tool to draw your lines, curves and shapes.
There are four different pen tool modes in Affinity Photo for iPad:
With the Pen mode, you can draw both straight and curved lines and freeform drawings to generate repeated nodes.
You can draw flowing lines and shapes and use it to lay down a best fit curve among the nodes in Smart mode.
The Polygon mode allows you to draw lines with sharp nodes and shapes with straight edges. This is perfect for creating custom shapes.
Drawing single segment straight lines is made easy with the Line mode.
Each mode has its own unique set of features and functions. Experiment with each mode to see which one works best for your needs.
To change the Pen tool mode, tap on the “Mode” icon in the context toolbar and then choose the desired mode from the drop-down menu.
The Pen Tool has various other settings which can be adjusted from the context toolbar. These include the Width, Colour, To Mask, To Selection and many others.
Next, let’s take a look at the Node tool and the way to use it in Affinity Photo iPad.
What is the Node Tool in Affinity Photo for iPad?
The Node Tool allows you to change the shape of your lines, paths and curves drawn using the Pen tool. It is useful for adding new points, deleting points, or moving points to modify the shape of your line.
To use the Node Tool, first go to the Toolbar and tap on the Pen tool icon. Then choose the Node Tool from the drop-down menu.
The Line, Curve, and Edge shapes are all available for customization under the Node tool.
The Node tool can add and remove nodes, as well as close curves and break (segment) curves. It can also smooth curves, connect curves, and reverse curvatures.
Experiment with each option to see what results you can achieve. In the next section, we will learn how to draw lines using the Pen tool.
How to draw lines using the Pen Tool in Affinity Photo for iPad
Lines are one of the most basic shapes that you can draw with the Pen Tool.
Begin with selecting the Pen tool from the toolbar and Line Mode from the context toolbar. The Line mode is the mode you should use to draw single segment lines. Then, simply tap and drag on the canvas to create a single-segment straight line.
How to draw curves using the Pen Tool?
Curves are very easy to draw with the Pen tool.
Find the Pen tool from the toolbar and select the Pen Mode or the Smart Mode.
To generate a curve, start by tapping on the point where you want to start drawing and then dragging. As you drag, you will see a preview of the curve is generated.
Release the finger when you are happy with the shape of the curve.
Now that you know how to use the Pen tool to draw straight lines and curves, let’s take a look at how to create more complex shapes.
How to draw shapes using the Pen Tool
To create a custom shape, start by selecting the Pen tool from the toolbar and the preferred mode. The Polygon mode is ideal for such a task.
Next, tap repeatedly on the canvas to create various nodes which in the end will make up a shape.
Close the shape by tapping on the first point created. Use the Node tool to edit the existing lines and the entire shape.
How to make precise selections using the Pen Tool
Select the Pen Tool and draw a path, then tap the To Selection button on the context toolbar located at the bottom of the page (the last icon). You can also convert it to a mask from there.
You can also learn more in depth about creating selections using the Pen tool by visiting our tutorial: Affinity Photo iPad: Selection Tools.
In conclusion, the Pen tool is a powerful tool that can be used to create straight lines, curves, paths, and custom shapes. Within a few minutes, we learned about the Pen tool modes, the Node tool, as well as how to draw lines, curves and shapes. We have also learned how to make selections using the Pen Tool. Experiment with the various Pen Tool Modes and settings to precisely draw lines and shapes in Affinity Photo iPad!