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Where are the tools to round a single corner?

Mar 11, 2013 9:24 AM

Tags: #round #single #corner

I am aware of 'round corners', but I can't find the command or tools to round individual corners. I searched the manual but can't find anything. Perhaps it's so obvious I'm looking right past it. Can someone help?

 
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    Mar 11, 2013 9:27 AM   in reply to AndrewTrask

    Search for script "RoundAnyCorner" or for the plugin VectorScribe

     
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    Mar 11, 2013 10:40 AM   in reply to AndrewTrask

    AndrewTrask wrote:

     

    Surely there is a native way to do this...

    Surprisingly, there is no tool or command for this simple function. Just another of the odd gaps in Illustrator capabilities.

     

    --OB

     
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    Mar 11, 2013 10:49 AM   in reply to Monika Gause

    The "Adobe Scripts" link does not work. Try this one: http://dsmy2muqb7t4m.cloudfront.net/articles/2010/article_illustrator_ plugin_scripts/scripts/RoundAnyCorner.zip

     

    This script works. Too bad it has no preview and is not live.

     

    You can always add an anchor point smooth anchor point to either side of the corner and delete the original corner point. It's they way it's been done since the beginning of Illustrator.

     
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    Mar 11, 2013 11:03 AM   in reply to AndrewTrask

    Because we are lemings.

     

    I have complained about other missing/broken features, especially in CS6 and, to Adobe's credit, they have contacted me. It is worth sending your feedback.

     
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    Mar 11, 2013 11:55 AM   in reply to rcraighead

    Because we are lemings.

     

    That, and because there are reasonably simple methods, (Pathfinder),  for re-squaring the corners you don't want rounded after using the all-inclusive Round Corners effect.

     
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    Mar 11, 2013 12:32 PM   in reply to John Mensinger

    One would be to create 2 "smooth" anchor points, stacked on each other, where you want a corner point. What's another?

     
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    Mar 11, 2013 12:31 PM   in reply to John Mensinger

    Can you explain your Pathfinder method?

     
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    Mar 11, 2013 1:19 PM   in reply to rcraighead

    Well, there are probably a thousand sequence combinations, but the idea is; you apply the rounded corners effect, then choose Object > Expand Appearance.

     

    Next, it's just a matter of getting smaller, square-cornered shapes into the corners you want to re-square and using Pathfinder > Unite. Here's a quick example:

     

    Untitled-4.jpg

     
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    Mar 11, 2013 1:35 PM   in reply to John Mensinger

    pssst... VectorScribe. (although this really should be part of Illustrator at version 16)

     
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    Mar 11, 2013 1:52 PM   in reply to John Mensinger

    Sure, it can be expanded. I'm more interested in a "Live" option though.

     
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    Mar 11, 2013 1:59 PM   in reply to rcraighead

    Okay, well I was just answering your question. The "live" condition was unmentioned until now, and any Pathfinder involvement prety much rules out a live result.

     
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    Mar 11, 2013 2:19 PM   in reply to John Mensinger

    Here's a live method although a bit convoluted to get around the restrictions of Illustrator....

     

    roundtop.png

     

    More fills and strokes with additional transformation can be added to create 1 rounded corner. It just takes the creation of a bigger, and bigger, Appearance stack.

     

    Snap_006.png

     
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    Mar 11, 2013 2:33 PM   in reply to John Mensinger

    Sorry, did not mean that in a negative way. Pathfinder CAN remain live, by holding "option" when clicking. Didn't know if you were thinking of that.

     

    Here is a "live" solution:

     

    Untitled-1.png

     
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    Mar 11, 2013 2:25 PM   in reply to [scott w]

    Scott,

     

    manually rotate one of those constructions and … well …

     

    I suggested similar workarounds in the past (AI 9 / AI 10 age), but nowadays I call them "cuckoo".

     

    Illustrator urgently has to provide live shape primitives …

     
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    Mar 11, 2013 2:29 PM   in reply to Kurt Gold

    I agree, Kurt.

    Rotation is an issue.

    You're better off expanding, or creating 4 Graphic Styles and then adjusting those.

     

    This is why I mentioned VectorScribe earlier.... 3 seconds with that plug in and always live. And I also agree, this should be in Illustrator at version 16. It was needed in 1989 for heaven's sake.

     
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    Mar 11, 2013 2:44 PM   in reply to Kurt Gold

    Rotation is not an issue with adding a second point at the corner. It doesn't solve variable radiuses though.

     
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    Mar 11, 2013 2:47 PM   in reply to rcraighead

    Nice solution rcraighead.

     
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    Mar 11, 2013 3:00 PM   in reply to rcraighead

    Of course, Craighead.

     

    And there are a couple of other approaches one may cobble together.

     

    But honestly, is that the appropriate level of a product that sometimes is called "industry standard" ?

     
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    Mar 11, 2013 3:03 PM   in reply to Kurt Gold

    Not at all. It's the same kind of workaround we used with MacDraw, back in '85.

     
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    Mar 12, 2013 6:55 AM   in reply to AndrewTrask
     
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    Mar 12, 2013 10:51 AM   in reply to AndrewTrask

    You can always create single round corner with Pen Tool and Convert Anchor Point Tool. It is not a time-saving solution if you need it for hundreds of rectangles though, but rather simple to be used for couple of rectangles.

     
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    Mar 12, 2013 12:13 PM   in reply to AndrewTrask

    Another workaround is to make your shape in InDesign, which allows you to select and round individual corners, then copy and paste into Illustrator. I think this feature started with InDesign CS5.

     
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