Join Deke McClelland for an in-depth discussion in this video Working with control handles, part of Illustrator CS4 Getting Started.
In this exercise, I am going to show you how to use control handles, which…define the curvature of segments inside of Illustrator. I'm working with a…document called Tapering shirt.ai found inside the Exercise Files folder. Let's…start off by examining a standard, everyday average circle. I will go to the…Rectangle tool flyout menu and I will choose the Ellipse tool and then I will…draw a circle by dragging with the tool while pressing the Shift key.…Having finished that, let's go ahead and switch to the Direct Selection tool.…
Now even though this circle was drawn with a standard geometric shape tool,…I can still edit its anchor points and control handles. I will click off the…shape to deselect it. Then I will go ahead and click on an anchor point here.…Let's go ahead and zoom in a little so we can inspect this object a little more…closely. Notice what we have is an anchor point right there in the center and…the anchor point falls on the path outline. So there is this anchor point and…
- Working with point and path text
- Selecting, isolating, and combining paths
- Reshaping paths and working with control handles
- Rounding corners
- Using Live Paint
Skill Level Beginner
Q: I'm using a pressure brush with a graphics tablet while following along with this course. But when the author clicks and holds in the "Brushes and blobs" movie, he gets an expanding oval, where I get nothing or just a sharp-edged line. My brush doesn't seem to be responding to pressure. What should I do?
A: When you first install a Wacom (or other brand of) tablet, the pressure
options may not at first take hold.
After installing the tablet, try this:
- Confirm that the pressure is working in the Wacom (or other) control
- Quit Illustrator and the other programs.
- Restart your computer.
- Then relaunch Illustrator and try again.