Use Twirl Tool in Adobe Illustrator CS6
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You're watching VisiHow. In this tutorial, we are going to show you how to use "Twirl Tool" in Adobe Illustrator CS6 in Windows 7.
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".
If you can't see it here, use the search bar along the bottom and start typing "Adobe Illustrator".
Click "Adobe Illustrator CS6". It will immediately start loading and take you directly to the workspace.
Click "File" in the top-left corner.
For this tutorial, let's click "OK".
Click the "Selection Tool" black arrow from the top-left side of the vertical toolbar. If you are using a more complicated shape, feel free to use other selection tools.
Click your object to select it. A blue outline with anchor points will appear around the shape, which means that it is now ready for editing.
After that, click and drag "Width Tool" in the vertical toolbar. An expanded menu will be revealed.
Select the "Twirl Tool" from this menu. The tool is the third option. The cursor will be changed to a circle with a cross in the center. The size of the circle indicates the size of the twirl effect. The cross indicates the center point.
You can make the brush bigger or smaller by pressing the square brackets on the keyboard.
Then, simply click the edges of the shape and drag them to manipulate the shape. You can use this tool in the same way as "Warp Tool".
If you click and hold down the mouse button on the object, a tight twirl will be formed instead. "Twirl Tool" is useful for creating curves and ornate shapes from a shape which was originally quite simple.
Every time you click, a new anchor point is created on your shape. You can manipulate these points that form a blue path in a different way later on.
You can keep using the twirl effect even within the object.
This concludes our tutorial showing you how to use "Twirl 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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