Illustrator Warp Tools: Part 4 The Pucker Tool

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:

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If you click into the center of a rectangle, everything will be squashed into the center like this:

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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:

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Using the Pucker Tool on the center of a star shape can create this shape:

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…Or it can be used to curve out the edges:

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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:

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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:

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Copy (Edit > Copy then Edit > Paste) the shape and rotate it 45 degrees:

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Copy & paste both shapes and rotate 45 degrees:

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Place the second shape group on top of the other:

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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:

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And there you go!

 

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