Shapes Tip


Sometimes your on Illustrator and you go to the Shape Tools and you want to use a shape other than rectangles, ellipses, hexagons, etc.

Program: Adobe Illustrator

Polygon Tool: Chances are, you’ve probably ignored this one till now. Click the Polygon Tool then click anywhere in your workspace to get an option box. Now you can choose any number for sides to make any shape you want. 3 for a triangle perhaps? Don’t fool around and choose 1 or 2 for sides cause that won’t work. The more sides, the more circular. 1000 is the max sides and it almost looks like a perfect circle.

Free Distort: (Located in Effect>Distort & Transform>Free Distort) Want to make an irregular shape or something like a trapezoid. Use Free Distort by moving the object’s anchor points around.

Pucker & Bloat: (Located under Free Distort) This can help make star or clover shapes. This distortion depends on the shape of the object your using. Square, circles, and triangles all have slight variances on their distortions.

Twist: (Effect>Distort&Transform>Twist) This is a cool distortion effect where the object is warped into a whirlpool-like shape.

Zig-Zag: (Effect>Distort&Transform>Twist) This will give you curvy or pointy zig-zag distortion. It can be tricky to get it to work right.

Examples: (Left to Right: Polygon, Free Distort, Pucker…, Twist, Zig-Zag)


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About Fadi G.

I am a digital artist and I hope to push the bounds of creativity. I will produce videos, illustrations, animations, and more interesting things.

Posted on September 5, 2010, in Distort&Transform, Illustrations, Tips, Tutorials, Updates and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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