In this tips & tricks post series, we’ve been exploring each of the Warp Tools in Adobe Illustrator. Part 1 covered the basics and the Warp Tool, which is used to mold shapes with the mouse cursor. Part 2 explored the Width Tool that allows you to create strokes with a variable width. Part 3 covered the Twirl tool, which creates distortions within an object. In this part I will be looking at the Pucker Tool.
The Pucker Tool
This warp tool deflates an object by moving control points towards the cursor’s center. Think of it like a black hole, sucking all into its center. Here’s the button for the Pucker Tool:
If you click into the center of a rectangle, everything will be squashed into the center like this:
Clicking on the outside edge the rectangle but with some of the rectangle still inside the brush will drag part of the rectangle out towards the brush’s center:
Using the Pucker Tool on the center of a star shape can create this shape:
…Or it can be used to curve out the edges:
Using the Pucker Tool to Draw Flower Petals
Here’s a quick example of how the Pucker Tool can be used to draw a flower. First using the Ellipse Tool draw this oval with a 72px width and a 178px height:
Select the Pucker Tool and in the Pucker Tool Option window make sure the Width and Height is 100px. Then click onto the center of the oval:
Copy (Edit > Copy then Edit > Paste) the shape and rotate it 45 degrees:
Copy & paste both shapes and rotate 45 degrees:
Place the second shape group on top of the other:
Select everything and copy & paste them. Make the pasted shapes half their size and place on top of the preview set of shapes to complete the flower:
And there you go!
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