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2.2 Rounding Shape Corners

[MUSIC] All right, let's move on to art board number two. Now, in Illustrator, you may already know that you can create a shape. And you can round off the corners. Well, in fact, I hope you know this because that's what we just did a minute ago. So you can quickly and easily round off the corners just by using the Direct Selection tool and grabbing these little circular points in from the edge. So incredibly, incredibly useful. But we can also do this for lettering, or if you've created a shape, or if it's a logo or something and you think I'd love to just see how this looks with rounded corners. In some of the later versions of Illustrator CC you can do just that. So sometimes, I might design a logo and it will be very, very angular, lots of straight edges, and I just wanna see how it looks. So I can create a copy of that logo, and then start adjusting the radius on some of the corners, and just see how it looks with a little bit more kind of curviness to it. So let's draw a letter first, and I'll show you what I mean. Let's just change that color back to black. So we'll grab the rectangle tool and we'll go with the letter T. So I'm just going to draw a rectangle and go Edit > Copy, Edit > Paste in place. And just rotate from one of the corners and hold shift. And we've got a letter T. And of course, just drag over these two segments and combine those into one shape in the pathfinder panel. And let's just scale this down. So let's just say I've designed a letter as part of a font, or a logo, or just any shape, and I want to try and preview this with a few more curves without having to actually go and redraw everything from scratch. Well, again, we can hold Alt and Shift and drag up just to quickly get that copy. And with that shape selected with the main selection tool, we can then select the Direct Selection tool, and you will see that you get the same little circles in these corners. And we can left-click and drag and round those off. So that's one way of doing it, and it will apply this to absolutely everything. But, of course, we can select individual corners And round those off fully if we want. Let's go back. What we could do is hold Shift and just left-click on all six of these circular anchor points inside the shape, ignoring these two here. So we could go for something like this. Or we could leave everything very, very kind of angular with these straight edges, and just select these two here. And now, these are on the outside as well, so this will round off. And you can see, again, with the red line, it tells you exactly where that maximum radius is. And I'd like to show you something that I think is a little bit cool. And a little bit off script, not that there is a script. So what you could do is create a custom letter like this. We can create that copy, press Cmd or Ctrl+D to repeat that last action. We could then then select everything and copy it and paste it in place. We'll rotate it. Holding Shift, move it up, and select everything. And again, just copy, paste in place, rotate it 90 degrees. Drag over everything. Edit > Copy. Edit > Paste in place. Rotate 45 degrees, and there we go. We have a snowflake. So you can use this to edit existing shapes, or you can use this to design snowflakes. It's entirely up to you, but that's one way that you can use the Direct Selection tool to individually select certain points and round these off. And I found this really useful personally when I was designing font recently. I started doing a few letters, and I just wanted to see how some of them would look if I added a few more curves in a few places, so it makes it incredibly easy to do things like that. Or if you're kind of wanting to introduce some serifs into something, this is one way that you can do it. So we could take that letter, we could rotate this around, And there we go. We've got a letter I with some rather large serfs, but it depends what you're going for. So having control over all of these anchor points, some of the more recent versions of Illustrator CC is incredibly useful. And of course, you can draw snowflakes, if that's what you're in to.

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