In a previous post, I gave an overview of how to digitize your handwriting. After digitizing, you may find that you have rough edges and want to smooth them out. The Smooth Tool within Illustrator allows you to even out a “path” or edge by reducing the number of excess anchor points.
Honestly, it’s a game-changer. Check out the instructions below for a super easy way to clean up your designs and make your final product look extra crisp.
HOW TO: Use the Smooth Tool (Adobe Illustrator)
- Use the Selection Tool (V) to select the object.
- Select the Smooth Tool.
- Drag the Smooth Tool along the length of the “path” or edge that you want to smooth out.
- Repeat this step until desired smoothness is achieved.
- Use the Selection Tool (V) to select your next object and repeat steps 1-4 for each. Note: you will need to repeat this process for all connected “paths” so the inside of certain letters (a, e, o, etc.) will contain individual paths.
- Bonus: Another great tool in your arsenal is the Pen Tool. The Pen Tool allows you to add or delete anchor points along a path to either control or extend the selection.
Note: the below screen grabs are from the process using Adobe Illustrator. There are a ton of additional YouTube videos, online forums and tutorials, and resources on Adobe’s website for troubleshooting any questions. Also, if you didn’t catch the post on how to digitize your handwriting, check it out here.
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