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Shaper Tool Basics
How to use the Shaper Tool to quickly scribble and manipulate shapes.
When to use
The Shaper Tool is a bit more experimental than some of the other tools, but it can be a great way to quickly create a variety of geometric shapes just by scribbling with your mouse or a stylus.
- Open the 'Shaper Tool Basics - Exercise.ai' file in Illustrator.
- Select the Shaper Tool from the toolbar (found inside of the Pencil Tool options which can be accessed by clicking and holding on the Pencil Tool.)
- Try to draw a few rough shapes like circles, squares, triangles and so forth to see if your results will look like some of the shapes in the document.
- Practice stacking some of the shapes on top of one another and using different gestures to either add to or subtract shapes from one another.
- You can test yourself (and the tool) by trying to recreate a moon, a mountain, and a fish shape as shown in the video.
- The Shaper Tool can feel a bit clumsy at first, but it's a good tool to know about as it will most likely only improve in future versions of Illustrator.
- You can quickly build shapes that you will still have the ability to edit or modify when using the Shaper Tool simply by grabbing your Direct Selection Tool (A) and moving some of the shapes around to create a wider variety of shapes.
- Your guides are your friend. When you use the Shaper Tool to overlap shapes, the guides will help you to see where certain shapes overlap and intersect.
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