Use Scallop Tool in Adobe Illustrator CS6

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    To begin, you should open Illustrator either from your desktop or by coming down to the bottom-left corner and clicking the Windows icon
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    This will reveal a list of recently used programs. You may find Illustrator there. It has a brown-and-orange icon with the letters "Ai".
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    If you can't see Illustrator in the start menu, use the search bar along the bottom and start typing "Adobe Illustrator"
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    Click "Adobe Illustrator CS6"
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    It will immediately start loading and take you directly to the workspace.
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    Click "File" in the horizontal menu at the top of the screen
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    Click "New..." to open up a new document
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    Alternatively, press "Ctrl" + "N" on the keyboard. You can also open an existing document. For more information, refer to our tutorials on how to create a new document and how to open documents.
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    For this tutorial, let's click "OK"
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    Create an object using "Rectangle Tool"
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    You can alter the "Fill" color. For more information, refer to our tutorials on how to create basic shapes and how to get perfect shapes.
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    Next, click "Selection Tool" in the top-left corner of the vertical toolbar
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    The icon has a black arrow. You can use other selection tools for more complex objects.
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    Click the object
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    A blue line will appear around the object. It means that it is now ready for editing.
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    After that, click and drag "Width Tool" icon
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    The icon is in the vertical toolbar on the left side of the window. An expanded menu will be revealed.
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    Select "Scallop Tool" from the list
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    The cursor changes to a circle with a cross in the center. The radius indicates the size of the effect.
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    You can make "Scallop Tool" bigger or smaller by holding the "Alt" key on your keyboard
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    You will see that a small corner appears next to the cross symbol inside the circle.
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    Now, click and drag the cursor to change the shape and size of the tool
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    Press and hold the "Shift" key if you want to create a perfect shape.
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    Alternatively, double-click the "Scallop Tool" icon in the vertical toolbar to change the settings
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    A new window will appear, in which you can change "Width", "Height", "Angle" and "Intensity". You can change the "Scallop Tool" settings by clicking the up and down arrows and the drop-down menus or by typing values into the text boxes next to each parameter.
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    Change the "Width" and "Height" values
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    These will determine how wide and how tall the effect is.
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    Change the "Angle" value
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    If you create an oval and change the "Angle" to 90°, the oval will turn onto its side.
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    Change the "Intensity" value
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    This affects how quickly the effect takes place. It's recommended to leave it at about 50 % for more control.
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    Alter the "Complexity" and "Detail" settings in the "Scallop Options"
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    All of the "Scallop Options" can have quite a dramatic effect on the shape, depending on the "Complexity" and "Detail" settings. For this tutorial, let's set "Complexity" to 15 and leave the default "Detail" setting of 2.
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    Press "OK" to apply your changes
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    Click your shape to make changes
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    You can see that everything within the circle will be affected by "Scallop Tool". The settings applied create a very detailed scallop effect. It can be interesting to use this tool so that it encompasses the entire shape, which creates interesting shapes very quickly.
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    Double-click "Scallop Tool" again
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    Change the "Complexity" setting to 1 and the "Detail" setting to 10 and click "OK".
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    Click the shape
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    The scallop will not be as detailed as previously.
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    Double-click "Scallop Tool" again
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    Set both "Complexity" and "Detail" to 4 and click "OK".
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    Resize the brush so it is larger than the square
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    You can use the square bracket keys or press "Shift" + "Alt" and click to do this. The whole shape will be affected.
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    Click and hold the shape
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    Let's create something more "controlled".
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    Double-click "Scallop Tool" again
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    Set "Complexity" to 2 and "Detail" to 1 and click "OK".
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    Click the shape several times
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    Alternatively, click the shape and hold the button. This will make the shape gradually pucker inwards. "Scallop Tool" is useful for creating dynamic shapes. After your changes have been made, the points on your shape become anchors, which can be manipulated in a number of different ways.
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This concludes our tutorial showing you how to use "Scallop Tool" in Adobe Illustrator CS6 in Windows 7. If you have any questions or comments regarding this video or the program used, then just add them to the comment section below. Thank you for choosing VisiHow!

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