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Even if my excursions into the world of vector graphics are mostly limited to having to change small things on customer graphics in Illustrator, I still had contact with the pen tool from Illustrator from time to time. This pen tool enables the creation of straight lines and Bézier curves and can also be found in Adobe Photoshop.
I would say in a nutshell: Bézier curves are the horror of every newcomer to Illustrator, because you are totally overwhelmed by these lines and handles. But the correct definition is as follows:
The Bézier curve is a parametrically modeled curve that is an important tool when describing free-form curves and surfaces. In computer graphics, Bézier curves are often used because of their optical elegance and their relatively easy mathematical manageability. (Source: Wikipedia)
The easy mathematical manageability may be correct, but for graphic artists who are currently familiarizing themselves with a vector-based graphics program such as Adobe Illustrator or similar software, understanding how to correctly create and change such curves is anything but easy.
In Photoshop, the pen tool for the Bézier curves is often used to define sections. Even if you are only in Photoshop and have little to do with Illustrator, it is still helpful to be able to use the Bézier tool.
Vectors can also be found in fonts and clear, single-colored lines. So that these do not look pixelated in the print, you should always prefer vectors for such work. To ensure that the vectors are retained, the finished print file should be saved as a PDF or EPS and not as a JPG or PNG.
Now we finally come to the actual tip that this post is about. There is a website that has an online tool called "The Bezier Game"is to be found. In this game you learn how to handle the curves and get tips on how to work with keyboard shortcuts and the mouse in Illustrator and Photoshop.
I've just tried the Bézier game for a few minutes and now slowly but surely understand how the rabbit runs with the vectors and curves. Should you also get a lump in your brain when you work with the pen tool, then I can help you the game recommend. It conveys the matter in a playful way and really starts at the very beginning - you don't need any prior knowledge and you don't even have to have the Adobe programs.
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