Mastering Corners with Adobe Illustrator CC Corner Widget Effects
Welcome to the corner extravaganza. Okay, we're going to turn corners into curves by using these weird little targets that appeared. Now that looked a little underwhelming, it gets a little bit more exciting but you should stick around because some of the tips are going to learn here are going to help us later on in the advanced course. So yeah, hang around, let's learn about corners. Alright, so corner options have been around a little while and a lot of people just ignore them. I'm going to grab my rectangle to, I just got a plane document open, nothing fancy dropbox and it's these guys, these little targets in the corners, if you can't see yours there under view and they call them corner widgets. Okay, so you can turn them on and off, they can get annoying a little bit if when you're using like the pen tool and stuff at or the direct selection tool but so what they do is all I do is drag them in and I get rounded corners, not particularly fancy, we can fancy them up a little bit by ...
grabbing the direct selection tool, The white arrow clicking on just one corner and you can kind of do one side on the side. Cool, that's kind of cooler and where it gets nice or more advanced Okay. Is holding down the option key on a mac or the key on a pc and just clicking one of these guys Okay, Whatever you've got selected and you can see I can change it from an Audi to a ninny to a flat E. Okay, but you get the idea Okay, so it works for rectangles, it works for anything, grab the curvature tool and we start doing weird corner stuff okay? And you'll see that if I have my white arrow here, whenever there's a corner you can see I can kind of flatten it out and that's gonna come in really handy later on when we start joining things with the shape builder tool, that was a pretty bad example, but let's look at the star real quick and we'll look at a couple of other options. Don't leave. Okay, so I've got a star, I'm gonna drag it out here, I'm gonna grab my white arrow okay? And you can see these corners everywhere and I can just kind of like yeah, tie them up or I can select just this one, hold shift and grab all of these guys and just do the outside ones. It does get better than this, I promise how much better. And there are some some extra options if you double click any of these guys. So double click any of the targets, you get kind of like corner options okay? And you can decide on how kind of like um how relative or absolute. Okay, just different kind of corners, it depends on how kind of the anchor points make it um you can obviously change your anchor points here as well and if I go back to the radius, you can kind of push it in and out instead of dragging it. Let's click. Ok. One thing you might run into is if you're drawing something say a random shape. Got the pen tool and just drawing randomness, right? And if I double click on any of these points, it gives me this kind of corner options panel. But you might get if you're dealing with say a regular shaped like a rectangle tool. Okay, it's still a primitive shape, illustrator still knows it's a rectangle. You can see it says I'm a rectangle, not random shape and if I use my black arrow and double click on of these guys, you get a slightly different window controls, the you know, get a bit more control here, but you can see these are the corners okay. And these are the corner options, so it's no real difference. Just gonna increase this up and you can see I'm working on the top right hand corner there, so just so you know, you might look at a different window than I got just a second ago. Now, the big thing to do in here though is if I make lots of a lot bigger scale corners, I can't remember if it's on by default or by default, I've played with it too many times, but the difference is if I grab my rectangle tool now and scale us down with scale corners, okay? And I'm holding shift so it scales proportionately, it gets smaller, okay? Whereas if I turn that off and I scale it down, you'll notice that eventually turns into kind of a weird circular egg thing because it's trying to maintain those corners. So turn those on and off as you need them. If you can't get this thing to open up, just go to window and go to transform, can you end up at the same place? One thing that might happen though you saw, I double clicked it and it might end up looking like this to start with. If you double click the word transform, okay, get smaller before it gets bigger. It's a big medium, a little bit tiny. I'm not sure why that one is useful, but anyway, you get the idea, you can keep double clicking that word to get the different options. I'm gonna click scale on, it seems like a better way of working now. What I want to do before we go is I'm just gonna go back to remember our whale from earlier. Okay. It really annoyed me this nose here, so I'm gonna click on it and I'm gonna remember, I'm using my white arrow if I use the black arrow um it's like the whole shape and I don't get those little targets so I'm gonna grab this, I'm gonna click on just this corner and that's what I wanted for my friend little stubby nose. Okay, I'm going to go and wreck a few other bits, but you are fine to carry on and now I'm going to grab you and just drag you down there. Actually, I just want to stop it, yep. Looks terrible. Looks a little bit more like water. My way was not like birthing flowers. Yeah. Yeah. All right. You get the idea right? So corner options useful. They're going to get more and more useful as we get through that course. So yeah, we need to introduce it now. All right. Let's get on to the next video. But before then I'm going to undo. I'd rather him look like he's ejecting flowers the other way. Look terrible. Okay, now we're going to the next video.