Rounding corners in Illustrator

Adobe Illustrator is a lovely vector drawing tool, but one of the places where it’s mucho lame is in dealing with rounded corners on objects.  There actually is a Rounded Corner tool in Illustrator CS2 (maybe earlier too, I can’t recall), but you can’t edit the corner roundness after you’ve drawn the object. LAME.

To apply rounded corners to an existing object, there is a filter called “Rounded Corners,” but this will only round all of the object corners.  Sometimes this is fine, but yesterday I wanted to be all Web2.0 and only round 1 corner of an object. I could have made a rectangle with standard corners and do some magic with object mashing, but that’s fruity.

Thankfully, I came across a handy little collection of scripts for Illustrator CS and CS2.  One of the scripts is called “Round Any Corner,” and it lets you select a single corner point and apply rounding only to that corner.  Totally awesome timesaver for when you’re trying to make your hipster Internet startup web site.

[tags]illustrator, rounded corners, scripting[/tags]

  • Obsidian
    07/14/2009 04:12:53 PM

    Thank you, thank you, thank you (and the guy who wrote that script)! Why Illustrator still doesn’t have a way to do this naturally is a mystery. This just saves me hours of extra work when trying to round off select arbitrary angled corners.

  • amanda
    09/30/2009 07:21:35 AM

    Amazing script! I never knew you could add scripts to illustrator, instructions where so easy an dstraight forward, I just wanted to round one simple corner precisiely and so not only has this script transfromed my work process by hours but it has gven me loads more scope in using illustrator.. big thanks for that! amanda

  • matthew
    10/26/2009 07:09:04 AM

    Thank you so much to the creators of these amazing scripts and thank you so much for sharing. The ability to round individual corners has just saved me! So happy to have found this :)

  • Curtis Sayers
    12/29/2009 03:05:57 PM

    This is a great little script. I just wish I could save it as a shortcut or an action.