Master the Bezier Pen Tool in Inkscape

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In this Guided Project, you will:

Activate and explore the Bezier pen tool

Draw open and closed paths with the pen tool

Draw, then edit, curves and complex shapes

Clock2 hours
BeginnerBeginner
CloudNo download needed
VideoSplit-screen video
Comment DotsEnglish
LaptopDesktop only

By the end of this project, you’ll get comfortable using Inkscape’s Bezier curves and straight lines tool, otherwise known as the Bezier pen tool. Inkscape, a free vector graphics program, allows you to build graphics with clear lines, vivid colors, and the flexibility to resize again and again—all while keeping the best image quality. The Bezier pen tool is an important part of Inkscape because it allows you to make customized paths and objects with a few clicks. You’ll get comfortable with the pen’s toolbar options, drawing straight and curved paths, creating open and closed paths, and editing those paths. To build these skills, you’ll practice creating some basic shapes, including straight lines, circles, and a heart symbol. Then you’ll draw a more complex shape: the pen tool icon! Note: This course works best for learners who are based in the North America region. We’re currently working on providing the same experience in other regions.

Skills you will develop

InkscapeVector GraphicsGraphic DesignBezier Pen Tool

Learn step-by-step

In a video that plays in a split-screen with your work area, your instructor will walk you through these steps:

  1. Activate the Bezier Pen tool and explore tool options

  2. Practice drawing straight paths with the pen tool

  3. Practice drawing smooth curves with the pen tool

  4. Adjust nodes, handles, and paths

  5. Draw a complex object (a feather pen) with the pen tool

How Guided Projects work

Your workspace is a cloud desktop right in your browser, no download required

In a split-screen video, your instructor guides you step-by-step

Frequently asked questions

Frequently Asked Questions

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