How to Use Pen Tool in CorelDRAW

select pen tool

Pen tool was used in our previous tutorial to sketch the portion of the photo where the person shows, while Shape tool is used to smooth the edges before dropping it on our new background.

Enjoy your lesson!

Drawing Straight Line with Pen Tool

  • Select Pen tool
select pen tool
  • Click an empty or blank part of the worksheet
  • Move the mouse pointer to the right and click (you will notice the line is jerky)
drawing with pen tool without keyboard

To draw a straight line without it looking bumpy:

  • Select Pen tool
  • Click an empty or blank part of the worksheet
  • Hold the Shift key down on the keyboard
  • With the Shift key down, move the mouse pointer to the right and click (you will notice the line is straight)
drawing straight line pressing shift key

How to Create an Enclosed Shape with Pen Tool

drawing enclosed shape
  • Select Pen tool
  • Click an empty or blank part of the worksheet
  • Hold the Shift key down on the keyboard
  • With the Shift key down, move the mouse pointer to the right
  • Click to create a connector
  • Move the pointer downwards and create next connector
  • Move the mouse to the left and click
  • Finally, move the mouse pointer upward and click inside the first connector to join the lines

Drawing Curves with Pen Tool

  • Select Pen tool
  • Click an empty or blank part of the worksheet
  • With a finger on the Shift key, move the mouse pointer to the right
  • Click to make a point
  • Now, slant the mouse pointer downwards
  • Long click the left mouse button, drag the mouse to create a curve
creating curve
  • Release the button after getting the right shape
  • Move the mouse downwards and click once to draw a straight line
  • Slant the mouse pointer downwards but now to the left
  • Long press the mouse button
  • Drag mouse to create curve
  • Release the mouse button
  • Move the pointer to the left to draw a straight line (this time, the line should be a little longer than the top line)
  • Slant the pointer a little upward
  • Create a curve
  • Draw another line, but now, upward
  • Slant the pointer towards the right
  • Click inside the top left connector and drag the mouse to create another curve
  • Use the handle to adjust the curve
final shape

Looking carefully, you will notice one of my curves is not perfect.

You can keep trying until you get the right connections or use the Shape tool to finetune the edges.

Read this article to learn about how to use the Shape tool to finetune your cropped picture.

How to Use Pen Tool in CorelDRAW