In the previous article, Taimienphi.vn introduced you to the Shape builder tool in Adobe Illustrator. In the following article, Taimienphi.vn will introduce you how to draw and edit curves with the Curvature tool in Illustrator.
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Draw and edit curves with the Curvature tool in Illustrator
1. Use the Curvature tool in Illustrator to draw curves
To draw curves in Illustrator, we can use the Pen Tool, but this tool requires precision and placement of anchor points to pull the direction lines. The Curvature tool uses a more intuitive approach, making drawing and editing curves easier.
Before you get started, readers can refer to some useful keyboard shortcuts to use the Curvature tool, including the Cmd / Ctrl, Option / Alt and Shift keys.
To draw a curve in Illustrator, first select the Curvature tool, then click to create the original anchor point, then click and drag the anchor point to create the second anchor point. During the hover process, Illustrator will define the line. Curve between the 2 anchor points you just created and the mouse position as you move.
The following figure illustrates how to create a curve with the Curvature tool in Illustrator. Note 2 anchor points are created along the path and the mouse moves, the curve is created based on the mouse position.
Keep clicking to add anchor points along the path, because the Curvature tool determines the curve needed to make the connection between each anchor point. When drawing, you can adjust the previous anchor points by clicking and dragging the anchor point to a new position.
If the anchor point is adjusted, the curve will be affected. If you return to the original anchor point, that is, the first anchor point you created, the Curvature tool allows you to click on that anchor point to close the path.
By default, the Curvature tool will close the path and a segment of the curve. However, we can create a corner point (used to create straight lines) by double clicking on the original anchor point.
Double-click on any anchor point you created to switch between a corner point (line segment) and a smooth point (curve segment).
2. Edit curves with the Curvature tool
The Curvature tool allows adjusting the position of the anchor points on any path by clicking and dragging to reposition the anchor points and adjust the links between those anchor points. If you want to add anchor points to an existing path, use the Curvature tool to click on the link and add anchor points at that location.
To delete an anchor point on the path, click on the anchor point and press the key Backspace / Delete to delete. If you draw an open path (the path does not create a closed shape), you can press the Escape key to notify you that you have finished drawing the object, or press and hold the Cmd key (on a Mac) or Ctrl (on Windows) and click on the position any on the board to deselect the object.
In addition, the Curvature tool also lets you preview the line segment we are about to draw, which may be useful for novice users or users who do not like the Pen tool.
To disable the preview or Rubber Band, we can do it on Illustrator preferences. To open this dialog, press Cmd + K (on Mac) or Ctrl + K (on Windows) and click Selection & Anchor Display. In the bottom corner of the dialog box will display options to enable or disable the Rubber Band for the Pen or Curvature tool. Choose any option you want.
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