Use the Pucker and Bloat in Adobe Illustrator CS6
Using Menu vs Toolbar

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Method 1: Using Menu

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Steps

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    To begin, ensure you have Adobe Illustrator open and your document ready.
    For more information, refer to our tutorials on how to create a new document and how to open documents. There are three different objects on the artboard. There are the blue rectangle in the background, a red circle, and a yellow rectangle.
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    Click "Selection Tool" in the left-hand column.
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    Click the object you want to edit.
    You can also use other selection tools if you have more complicated objects. There are other VisiHow tutorials on how to do that. For this tutorial, let's click the red circle. A blue frame will appear around the object, indicating it is ready for editing.
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    Click "Effect".
    "Effect" is located in the horizontal menu at the top of the window.
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    Then, move the cursor to "Distort & Transform" in the menu.
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    Click "Pucker & Bloat..." in the expanded menu that appears.
    A small dialogue box will appear.
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    You can click and drag this box to the side so that you can see your canvas.
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    Then, check the "Preview" button in the bottom-left corner of this window.
    The "Pucker" and "Bloat" appear on either side of the scroller in this window. When you move the scroller to "Pucker", you "pinch" the object. When you move the scroller to "Bloat", you push the object outwards.
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    So, let's click and drag the scroller from left to right.
    You can see how it pinches and pushes the shape on the canvas.
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    Alternatively, just click somewhere along the scroll line or type a percentage into the text box on the right side.
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    Once you're satisfied with your shape, click "OK" to apply your changes.
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    Otherwise, click "Cancel".
    You will go back to your original settings without applying any changes.
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Method 2: Using Toolbar

You're watching VisiHow. In this tutorial, we are going to show you how to use "Pucker Tool" and "Bloat Tool" in Adobe Illustrator CS6 in Windows 7.

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Steps

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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.
    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".
    It will immediately start loading and take you directly to the workspace.
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    Click "File" in the horizontal menu in the top-left corner.
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    Click "New..." to open up a new document.
    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".
    Now that we have a document, we need an object.
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    You can alter the "Fill" color.
    For more information, refer to our tutorial on how to use "Stroke" and "Fill" colors.
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    Create an object using the "Rectangle Tool".
    Let's create a square. 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 the "Selection Tool" black arrow icon in the vertical toolbar.
    It is on the left side of the screen. If you have a more complicated object, you can use other selection tools.
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    Click the object you want to change.
    A blue outline with anchor points will appear around the shape. This means that the object is ready for editing.
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    Click and drag the "Width Tool" to the right.
    It's in the vertical toolbar. The icon is about halfway down. It looks somewhat like a strange compass. Select "Pucker Tool" from the expanded menu. The cursor has changed to a circle with a cross in the center. The size of the circle indicates the size of the pucker effect.
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    You can make "Pucker Tool" bigger or smaller by pressing the square brackets on the keyboard.
    Puckering is similar to pinching.
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    Simply click and drag the shape to manipulate it.
    You can drag inwards and outwards in order to manipulate the shape. This will create anchor points where you want them.
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    Press "Ctrl" + "Z" to undo all of the changes that have been made with "Pucker Tool".
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    Click and drag the "Pucker Tool" to the right.
    Select "Bloat Tool". It is located in the same expanded menu as "Pucker Tool". "Bloat Tool" has the effect opposite to "Pucker Tool", pushing everything outside rather than pinching everything inside.
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    Use the "Bloat Tool" in the same way as the "Pucker Tool".
    This is, by clicking and dragging the object. The effect will be different depending on the size and style of your brush. With the type of brush in the tutorial, you can get more of a cloud or flower effect. Other types of brushes, such as a charcoal-type brush, may give you a more realistic effect.
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    As with any brush, you can change the size, style, and opacity in the horizontal menu across the top.
    Brush settings will affect the appearance of "Bloat Tool" or "Pucker Tool" effects. Also, keep in mind that these effects create new anchor points on your shape. Anchor points can be identified by the blue dots on the outline of your object.
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    Wherever you click, you create a new anchor point that can be manipulated further by dragging.
    It's recommended to experiment with these tools and their settings, as they're very useful for creating dynamic shapes quickly.
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This concludes our tutorial showing you how to use "Pucker Tool" and "Bloat 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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