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Live Corners

In this four-part video tutorial, you’ll use the Live Corners feature to edit the corners of an existing object. You will start by using the direct selection tool to manipulate the corners of a selected object to an approximate dimension and then see how to manipulate the corners precisely. (Try it, 7 min)

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Introducing Live Corners.

In this four-part video tutorial, you’ll use the Live Corners feature to edit the corners of an existing object. You will start by using the Direct Selection Tool to manipulate the corners of a selected object to an approximate dimension and then see how to manipulate the corners precisely. By the end of the first video, you will see how quickly corners can be reshaped using this feature.

Identify the inset widgets (0:28); Edit a live corner (0:36); Set a precise dimension (0:43); Show and hide the corner widget (1:00)

Modify corner types and edit corners individually.

Now that you know how to manipulate the size of an object’s corners using the Live Corners feature, you will change the corners’ shapes. Learn how to switch between rounded, inverted rounded and chamfered corners. Then learn to target and adjust both the size and shape of the corners individually.

Change a corner shape with the dialog box (0:06); Change an individual corner shape (0:36); Change the diameter of an individual corner (0:45)

Relative and absolute corner types.

You have already learned to round and change the dimension of an individual corner, but you can now look at the two types of rounding available. Learn the difference between these two rounding types and how to fix the type for a corner.

Switch between corner types (0:15); Rounding types (0:27)

Adjust multiple corners at once and maximum angles.

In the final video, you will learn to adjust several corners at once by either dragging the corners or using the corners dialog box. You’ll also talk about the maximum angle limit for adjusting any corner. Then you’ll finish by examining the implication of adjusting the bézier handles when using Live Corners.

Adjust multiple corners (0:07); Maximum angle limit (0:37); Adjust live corners after changing a bézier curve (1:08)

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Kevin Stohlmeyer

Kevin is an Adobe Certified Instructor, user group manager, and Adobe Community Professional based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. You can find Kevin on Twitter @kstohl or on Facebook at facebook.com/kevin-stohlmeyer.


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