In this video, Deke shows how to manually reshape an overly complex path outline—associated with a custom shape copied from Photoshop—inside Illustrator. Your various options include using the White Arrow or Direct Selection tool, the little-known Lasso tool, the Join and Simplify commands, and the Pen tool. Also, learn how to work with anchor points and control handles.
- [Instructor] All right, … now we're still inside illustrator. … Let me explain what am going to show you at least one way … to manually reshape an overly complex path outline … associated with a custom shape … included along with Photoshop. … And so notice if I click on this path outline … with the Black Arrow Tool then I've still got an awful lot … of anchor points. … And notice if I scroll down … using the scroll wheel on my mouse, I've got these routes. … I do not want to see them. … I just want the tree to go all the way down … to this red bleed boundary. … And so I'm going to zoom in just using the Zoom Tool … at the bottom of the toolbox, … which you can get by pressing the Z key … and I'll drag to the right … so I can get a good look at these anchor points. … All right, now one way to go get rid … of these inner anchor points here … will be to select the White Arrow Tool. … The one that illustrator calls, the Direct Selection Tool, … which you get by pressing A for arrow. … And then I can click on this anchor point …
- Creating custom shapes with a simple drag
- Combining custom shapes onto a single Photoshop layer
- Copying and pasting custom shapes
- Smoothing out jagged outlines with the Simplify command
- Creating your own custom shape with Image Trace
- Integrating custom shapes into vector-based artwork