Illustrator CC Curvature Tool

Want to easily create curved paths in Illustrator CC 2014 without having to use the Pen tool? This course teaches you how to use the Curvature tool, a better alternative. You'll also learn how to use the Anchor Point tool to refine your curves.
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(20)
Level
Intermediate
Updated
Apr 11, 2016
Duration
53m
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Description
Course info
Rating
(20)
Level
Intermediate
Updated
Apr 11, 2016
Duration
53m
Description

The Pen tool in Illustrator can create curves--but they often don't look smooth or polished. This course, Illustrator CC Curvature Tool, will show you how to use Illustrator CC 2014's Curvature tool (and others) to create beautiful curves in your artwork easier than ever before. First, you'll learn the basics of the Curvature tool: how to set your preferences for this tool and how to draw curves. You'll then move onto using the Anchor Point tool in order to refine your curves to make them look smoother. Finally, you'll learn some tricks and shortcuts with other tools such as the Reflect tool to end up with your final design: a curved frame with decorative flourishes. By the end of this course, you'll have a more in-depth knowledge of several Illustrator CC tools and you'll be able to create polished and flowing curved paths in your artwork.

About the author
About the author

Laura Coyle creates distinctive art with wide appeal. Her clients include major brands like Target, Amazon.com, Disney, and publications including Better Homes and Gardens and The Wall Street Journal.

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Section Introduction Transcripts
Section Introduction Transcripts

Introduction
In 2014, Adobe made some major improvements to Illustrator CC that have really enhanced the way we draw flowing line work and edit paths in Illustrator. In this short course, we will explore the new curvature tool for drawing smooth flowing curves, and the anchor point tool which allows you to refine curves. My name is Laura Coyle I'm a freelance illustrator, and in this project we'll explore these new tools in illustrator as we create a curvy frame with decorative flourishes for type and you'll see firsthand how the new curvature tool takes a lot of the frustrating pencil work out of the equation and makes the whole process faster. We'll also be working with our old standby Illustrator tools of course, like the reflect tool, but I'll be showing you shortcuts and methods that will speed up your workflow. tool panel you'll see the curvature tool, it's located right next to the pen tool and it's got a squiggly line next to it. And I like to think of this tool as a simplified version of the pen tool. So, to give you a point of reference, I'll draw with the pen tool, but I'll assume that you have some experience with it already, and if not, you can always check in with the Illustrator fundamental classes here on Train Simple to get the background information you need. So when you draw with the pen tool, as we know you click to set a point, and dragged the pullout curve handles to create the curve. So when you're drawing curves with the pen tool, it's all clicking and dragging and you have to have an idea of which direction to drag the handles in in order to make the curves you envision. This takes some practice to master which is why sometimes people can find the pen tool a little difficult to use. Now the curvature tool, you simply click and click and click to draw curves, and Illustrator creates the curve handles for you automatically. You don't even see them when you're drawing, and there's no dragging involved. The end result, which we can look at more closely when I select these with the white arrow tool in both paths we have a series of anchor points and curve handles. Both paths are editable in the same way. The curvature tool just takes some of the work out of creating curves in Illustrator and I really like that. The trade-off is that the curvature tool is less precise. You have less control over it then you do the pen tool. And you can see there are more anchor points in the curvature tool line than there are in the pen tool line. So although you'll have less control when using the curvature tool, it's simpler and easier to use than the pen tool and in this class, I'll demonstrate how the curvature tool can get you pretty far in drawing the curvy line work you want and then you can refine it afterwards using some path editing methods that I'll show you, and overall it will be an easier process with the new tools. So meet me in the next video and we'll get started.