Convert Objects to Shapes in Adobe Illustrator CS6
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You're watching VisiHow. This tutorial will show you how to convert an object to a shape in Adobe Illustrator CS6 in Windows 7.
To begin, ensure that you have Adobe Illustrator open and a document ready.
Please view our other Adobe Illustrator tutorials for instructions on how to complete this step. There are three different objects on the artboard: the blue rectangle as the background, a red circle, and a yellow rectangle.
Click "Selection Tool".
It is the black arrow in the top-left corner of the vertical toolbar. You can use other selection tools if you have more complex objects.
Now, click the object that you want to convert.
Let's click the red circle. A blue frame will appear around the object, indicating it is selected and ready for editing.
Click "Effect" in the horizontal toolbar along the top of the window.
Then, move the cursor to "Convert to Shape" within the "Illustrator Effects" section.
In the expanded menu, click the shape into which you would like to convert your object.
You can click "Rectangle...", "Rounded Rectangle...", and "Ellipse..." For this tutorial, we click "Rounded Rectangle..." A dialogue box where you can further specify your preferences will appear.
Click the "Shape" drop-down menu.
This menu also lets you confirm that you have selected the correct shape. You can change it.
You can adjust "Extra Width" and "Extra Height".
You can click either up and down arrows next to the options or type the value in the input boxes.
You can change "Corner Radius".
That option is available owing to your selection of a rounded rectangle.
It is recommended to move the box out of the way of the canvas by clicking and dragging its border.
Check the "Preview" box in the bottom-left corner of the pop-up window.
You will see how your adjustments affect the shape.
We can increase the "Center Radius" and "Extra Width" values.
The preview will be updated.
Then, click "OK" to apply any changes.
Otherwise, click "Cancel" to go back.
If you want, you can undo the last action by pressing "Ctrl" and "Z".
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Trying to convert die line into compound shape?
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