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Join Justin Seeley, lynda.com staff author and design enthusiast, each week for a new 5-minute, self-contained tutorial that you can use to instantly improve your design workflow. This series covers techniques for print, digital, and web design, addressing the tools that creative professionals like you use most. Learn new ways to leverage layer styles and vector shapes in Adobe Photoshop, work more efficiently with text in Illustrator, and embed videos and even tweets in WordPress posts, and much more. Check back each week for a new installment, and a new design hack.
Hi there, welcome back to Creative Quick Tips. My name is Justin Sealy, and this week I'm going to be showing you how to create a shape inside of Adobe Illustrator that has two rounded corners and two non rounded corners. So let's create a brand new document. We'll just start from scratch. Hit OK there, and it doesn't matter how big or how small. And we're going to start off by creating just a rounded rectangle. So I'll just draw out a rounded rectangle, something like this. And it doesn't matter how big or small or what your corner radius is. Then we're going to take away the stroke and just give it a color so you can see what it looks like on screen.
There we go, so there's our base shape. So we know we want at least one of these corners to be rounded and that's why we have to use this. Then we're going to take our rectangle tool and you're going to use smart guides to sort of line everything up here. So I'm just going to start right here on the left hand side. I'm just going to draw out and I want everything to intersect. So this corner, not going to be rounded. Same thing here, I'll just draw out 'til it meets the edges. That's all you're doing, you're snapping to edges, just like this. So now you've got your shape pretty much done. The problem is, though, it's three separate shapes.
Well, that's easily remedied, just select the whole thing, press Shift+M on your keyboard to invoke the Shape builder tool. Hold down the Shift key and drag across everything. Boom, there you have it, a shape with just two rounded sides, and the rest are corners. And this works for any type of shape that you want to create. So if I wanted to try this again and just do a rounded rectangle over here, and let's say that I only wanted one side to be not rounded, that's okay, just do the rectangle trick again. Just start out from the center point, draw out until it meets both edges, just like this, and then select, Shift+M on the keyboard, you can just click and drag across those.
And there you have it, only one side is a corner, the rest of them rounded, just like you want them to be. Now, if you want to get really super technical with this, then I suggest you use the Rounded Corners effects as opposed to drawing with the rounded rectangle tool. So how do you do that? You start off with just a regular rectangle, say I'm doing a button for instance. So we'll just do this, go up to the Effect menu, go down to Stylize, and select Round Corners, this way you actually get to specify a corner radius. This is going to be good for web designers because you'll know exactly what the corner radius, or border radius, is supposed to be in your CSS.
And then what you're going to do is just turn on the preview, to make sure everything looks okay. Ten pixels looks good, there we go. And then from there, what you're going to do is go up to the Object menu, hit Expand Appearance, that way it is now just a regular old path. You take your regular Rectangle tool, then you do the same thing. I just start out from the center, makes it easy for me to draw directly from the center and then I make sure all the edges line up, there we go. And that way I can round off just the corners I need and take this copy it, move it over.
Make sure everything lines up, that's the key. Everything lining up, that way I have two pointed corners, two rounded corners. Shift+M on the keyboard. Hold down Shift and draw over it, and there we have it. We've got a rounded rectangle corner here, a rounded corner down here, and then two straight corners just like that. So there you have it, how to quickly draw out shapes in Adobe Illustrator that have one or two or three rounded corners and one normal corner. So the next time you have to draw something like this, just use this method that I showed you here and I think you'll be really impressed with what you can come up with.
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