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Adobe Illustrator can be used to accomplish many different design tasks, from illustration to app development. This course demonstrates core concepts and techniques that can be applied to any workflow—for print, the web, or building assets that will find their way into other applications. Author Justin Seeley explains the elements that make up vector graphics (paths, strokes, and fills) while showing how to use each of the drawing tools, and demonstrates how to combine and clean up paths and organize them into groups and layers. The course also covers text editing, working with color, effects, and much more.
As you continue to work in Illustrator with the Pen tool, you're inevitably going to make some mistakes, and that's okay, because Illustrator comes equipped with lots of tools to help you remedy those mistakes. In this movie, I'll be walking through how to use one of these tools, to help you convert anchor points from curves to corners, and corners to curves. Let's take look at exactly what I'm talking about here. I have several paths out on my screen already, and I'm going to focus on this one down here in the bottom right corner. I'm also going to go over and click and hold on my Pen tool, and switch to the Convert Anchor Point tool.
As I said before, I'm going to converting corners into curves, and curves into corners. In this case, let say that I wanted the top of this vase to be a curve, as opposed to this little straight corner that I've created here. With the Convert Anchor Point tool selected, I can actually click right on this anchor point, and continue holding down my mouse, and I can actually turn that into a curve. So if I click, and I hold, notice what happens. When I drag around, I actually turned that corner into a curve. Now, the curvature is up to you.
Once you release your mouse, it is then a curve. You no longer have that straight edge. If you want to turn it back, you come back to it again, click on it, and it converts itself back into a corner point. Let's try that one more time. I'm going to click and drag out to create a curve, and then I'll come back, and I'll click once to make it a corner. Same hold true down here. If I click, it turns that into a straight line. By clicking again, I am then able to re-create the curvature of the vase.
You can do this for any corner or any curve that you have inside of Illustrator, and using this tool makes it really easy to accomplish this task.
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