Adobe Illustrator has a collection of tools under the Warp Tool set, all for the purpose of molding and reshaping objects. Here’s a list of the tools I’ve covered so far:
- PART 1: Warp Tool (molds objects with the movement of the cursor)
- PART 2: Width Tool (allows you to create a stroke with a variable width)
- PART 3: Twirl Tool (creates swirling distortions within an object)
- PART 4: Pucker Tool (deflates an object by moving control points towards the cursor’s center)
- PART 5: Bloat Tool ( inflates an object by moving control points away from the cursor’s center)
- PART 6: Scallop Tool (adds random curved details to the outline of an object)
- PART 7: Crystallize Tool (adds random spiked details to the outline of an object)
In the final post I’ll be looking into the Wrinkle Tool and what you can do with it.
The Wrinkle Tool
This warp tool adds wrinkle-like details to the outline of an object. Here’s the button for the Wrinkle Tool:
If you apply the Wrinkle Tool to a line, it creates a scribble effect:
Used on shapes the Wrinkle Tool can give them a sketchy-looking or an “edgy” style.
Opening up the Winkle Tool Option window via double click the tool’s button will provide a list of options to customise the tool. In Winkle Options there’s four tick boxes: Detail, Brush Affects Anchor Points, Brush Affects In Tangent Handles, Brush Affects Out Tangent Handles. Ignore Detail for now, but try ticking only Brush Affects Anchor Points and ticking off the other two options. This will produce a line that is more spiky (shown on the top line below). However, if you tick-off Brush Affects Anchor Points and instead tick both Brush Affects In Tangent Handles & Brush Affects Out Tangent Handles, the spikes will have more curved points (shown on the bottom line).
Increasing the Detail value will increase the wrinkle density on a line:
Creating Flowers Quickly
The Wrinkle Tool is great for quickly drawing flower heads. I’ll show you how.
First, select the Polar Grid Tool on the side toolbar.
Click onto a blank space on the canvas and enter in these values:
This will produce this image below:
Thicken the Stroke to 2 pt and give it some colour: Stroke (rgb 237, 28, 36) & Fill (rgb 237, 73, 80).
Double click the Wrinkle Tool button and copy these settings:
Then use the tool to go around the lines on the polar grid. It take a bit of practice to get it right, but you should end up with something similar to below: