Creating Vector Shapes with the Polyline Tool
You can use the Polyline tool to draw long and curvy lines.
NOTETo learn more about the Polyline tool options, see Polyline Tool Properties.
How to draw with the Polyline tool
- In the Tools toolbar, select the Polyline tool or press Alt + _.
- In the Drawing view, click and drag to create a point and a Bezier handle to shape your line.
- Click a new area and drag to create a second point and Bezier handle.
- Press Alt to pull only one handle, instead of two.
- Press Shift to snap the handles to 45, 90, or 180 degrees.
- Repeat the previous step until your shape is completed.
- Press Ctrl (Windows/Linux) or ⌘ (macOS) and click to release the Polyline tool from the current path or shape that it is creating. Continue to use the tool to make multiple, independent paths or shapes.
- If necessary, reshape the lines using the Contour Editor tool—see Reshaping a Shape, Pencil Line or Stroke with the Contour Editor Tool.