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Precision Vector Drawing Point-by-point

InkScribe is a plug-in that seamlessly integrates into Adobe Illustrator.

Similar to the native pen tool in its functionality, what makes InkScribe special is the added control it unlocks, allowing you to work with precision and speed.

What's more you can learn everything there is to know about InkScribe in just 30 minutes with our expert video tutorials as well as explore detailed written tutorials on our blog.

Cheat Sheet

Never forget a shortcut again with this handy printable cheat sheet for InkScribe!


Never Fear!

Artwork created with our tools is perfectly accessible in Adobe Illustrator by non-Astute Graphics users. Clients will think you've spent hours labouring over that skilful design!

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Pre-sets make the InkScribe tool work specifically for the task you are completing. InkScribe's Constrain Distance preference allows you to quickly create geometric patterns, block artwork or technical diagrams. Or maybe you just want InkScribe to mimic the Pen Tool but have all the added functionality InkScribe offers – simply use the Pen Tool preset.

Even a simple preset that ignores any drags under 10 pixels can transform a workflow from difficult to intuitive for tablet or Wacom users.

Specialist Tools

You don't have to use multiple tools or keypresses with InkScribe. Instead Illustrator acts as you would expect; when you go to move a path, point or handle, it doesn't delete it, or create new points like the Pen Tool. When removing points and closing paths it automatically retains the path shape and when adding points it even highlights the tangencies for you. Also there is no need for the Direct Selection Tool in order to change from a smooth to a corner point, simply double-click the point.

You can also lock in the following behaviours:

  • Connector Mode – locking curve handle angles to joining straight segments
  • Smart Smooth Mode – allowing you to easily fix cusp points which so often make artwork messy and editing harder
  • Distance and Angle Constraints

Don't like shortcuts? Many of the above functions can be applied through the InkScribe annotation or panel buttons – allowing you to work the way that is intuitive for you.

Customisable Preferences

Arguably the most powerful aspect of the InkScribe tool is the ability to customise its preferences, using the helper text to decide the best settings for your workflow. Simply save your favourite preferences to your own custom presets.

Extensive InkScribe preferences allowing users to customise

Flexibility: Set Your Own Preferences

With a range of settings and preference options you can set InkScribe up to behave like the Pen tool, or to support your own needs and creative workflow requirements. Use the context-sensitive annotations to reduce panel/ interface clutter, or strip the tool down to display just the very basics.

Tool Highlights

  • Ghost Handles
  • Smart Remove Points
  • Specify Corner/Smooth Points
  • Distance and Angle Constraints
  • Drag-reshape Segments
  • Connector Mode
  • Preferences – choose the way you want to work
  • Panel and Annotations – quick function access
  • Extensive customisation through preferences

Using our plug-ins

Color-coded Panels
Installation, Licensing & Activation

To install, please refer to our step by step guide to installing with Astute Manager.

Software Requirements

Mac OS
Illustrator CS6 to CC2019
macOS 10.10 to 10.14

Adobe Illustrator CS6 to CC2019
Windows 7/8/10

Example Artwork

Example Artwork

The artwork on the right was created with the InkScribe plug-in.

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8 reviews for InkScribe

  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    This is the most essential plug-in I own. The pen tool has become a pale imitation of this phenomenal tool. I use this for every single project I work on.

  2. Rated 5 out of 5

    Simply cannot live without this tool.

  3. Rated 5 out of 5

    Essential part of my drawing setup.

  4. Rated 5 out of 5

    InkScribe makes the native pen tool look like it was from the stone age. It’s become an integral part of my daily vector workflow and I can’t work without it! You’ll eventually say: “Pen tool? What’s a pen tool? Oh, you mean InkScribe!”

  5. Rated 5 out of 5

    Great tool for hand lettering vectorizing

  6. Rated 5 out of 5

    I can’t say enough positive things about the Astute lineup of Vector tools. This particular tool has come in so handy for designing fonts. Not only does it increase my design speed, but indispensable for my creative flow in exploring new aspects I would have never considered before.

  7. Rated 3 out of 5

    The one thing I cannot abide is how, when you hold down the Option key to create a cusp, the Inkscribe tool starts creating corner points from that point on, even though they appear to be smooth points. So every time I create a cusp in an otherwise smooth path I have to click the Smooth Point button again? I don’t think so. Inkscribe should switch me back to Smooth Point mode automatically as soon as I finish my cusp. This is a dealbreaker for me.

    • Lorna

      Hi Kris,

      Please be advised that there are lots of preference options to allow you to make it work as you like, please refer to the InkScribe Tutorial Videos (listed under Customisable Preferences) for full guidance on how to do so.

  8. Rated 5 out of 5

    this is most wonderful plugin that will be very professional graphic designer

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