Hi, I'm brand new to Illustrator and I'm using it so I can add lettering to some comics I've created. I have two questions that I hope you might be able to answer for me:
1) I'm trying to do is to create an elipse that has less steep curves at its corners (essentially making it a little more rectangular). I realize that if you create an elipse, then use the direction tool, you can pull on the guidelines to make the curves less steep and achieve the affect I want. However, I was wondering, is there a feature when I can just enter in an amount and it will adjust all four corners to that amount without me having to fineagle with the direction tool?
2) Is it possible to create my own custom type of elipse where when I use the elipse tool, and drag it out to make an elipse, it will already have these corners that I'd like?
You can try this
1. select the rounded rectangle tool and click it in your document window and then enter the amoun of radius yo want on the corners.
2. Go to Effectrs>Warp>Bulge and give it a horizontal bulge
3. return to Effects>Warp>Bulge nd give it a vertical bulge.
this cn also be done with the Object>Envelope Distort>make witth Warp>Bulge
1) Create a basic ellipse and and rectangle with the same width and height,
2) Select both and Object>Path>Add Anchor Points,
3) Object>Blend>Options, select a suitable number of steps,
4) Object>Blend>Make and Object>Ungroup,
5) Select the best shape, you may hide/delete and move.
This is a 7 step blend for a W/H with a proportion of 4/3, and the second step (one quarter from the ellipse to the rectangle) is shown along with the basic elleipse and the rectangle and by itself:
1. Draw an ellipse,
2. Select the top and bottom points - making a selection box with the white pointer encompassing the points makes this quick.
3. Pick the Scale tool (S), hold Shift and drag horizontally until you like the result. Further away from the ellipse you drag, finer the control.
edit: Alternatively for step 3, with the Smart Guides turned on, you can first click with the Scale tool in the Center of the ellipse and then drag one of the left or right points horizontally - no need to hold Shift if you follow the horizontal line of the Smart Guides
There is no such option specifically for the Ellipse tool. If you want to make it happen automatically anytime you drag a new ellipse with the Ellipse tool, it needs to be applied as a live effect, and the option New Art Has Basic Appearance needs to be off. But this will not affect just the Ellipse tool.
You could store the desired Appearance (including the Inflate effect) as a Graphic Style. Then you could apply it with one click after drawing an ellipse, while working with New Art Has Basic Appearance turned on.
Alternatively, you could avoid live effects altogether by doing this:
Ellipse Tool: ShiftDrag to draw a circle. Then perform these steps while recording an Action:
1. Select>Object>Object Handles
2. DoubleClick the Scale Tool. Enter 110% (for example) into the Uniform field. Click OK.
Now use the Ellipse tool to draw an ellipse of any aspect ratio (circular, horizontal, vertical). Run the Action. Only run the Action on one ellipse at a time.
Like the Inflate Warp Effect, the treatment will have a consistent appearance on the variously proportioned ellipses.
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