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The Book of Inkscape by Dmitry Kirsanov

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14.1 The Pen Tool

The Pen tool is for those situations where you know more or less exactly where you want to place the nodes of your path. It can be thought of as a sibling of the Node tool (12.5 The Node Tool), except it is optimized for creating and connecting nodes instead of editing them.

Switch to the Pen tool ( or ), click and drag on the canvas. The first node of a new path appears where you clicked; the gray straight line between that point and your current mouse position is the handle of this node (12.1.4 Bézier Curves). As soon as you release ...

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