Corner tool in Affinity Designer tutorial

The corner tool in Affinity Designer is accessed via the toolbar. It can be used with all kinds of paths

Corner tool in Affinity Designer

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  1. Select corner tool (found in Affinity Designer toolbar)

  2. Select a path using the move tool or use corner tool itself

  3. Select a sharp node with the corner tool (doesn't work with smooth corners)

  4. Drag cursor to modify the corner (you will see a red circle showing the size in Affinity Designer)

You can modify the radius of the nodes via the tool as well as the type.


Video tutorial on the subject by (youtube)


The options for the type are

1) rounded

2) straight

3) concave

4) cutout


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You can use the CT with all kinds of shapes such as stars and polygons etc


Select a sharp node with the CT (you cannot use the CT with smooth designs) - it will only work with the nodes that are displayed with a little square. Drag to a tangent to the sharp corner (though you can drag in a number of directions but the result of the drag and the generated preview circle showing the corner will be the same). You can then see a circle that will grow bigger or smaller depending how far you move from the original node point. You will find the CT will only go so far and will stop when you have reached the maximum smoothness / curve.


Once you have used the CT (and still have it active on that node you will see a little red dot that shows the center of the curve) any nodes that have been modified by the CT will have a little faint blue point where the original node existed before using the node tool.


The CT can be used multiple times on the same node as well as all the possible nodes in the path (as mentioned, if it is a point on a curve then it cannot be used with the CT as it is already a curved design and cannot be turned into a sharp node with the CT)


You can use the CT to create beautiful smooth stars and smooth rectangles etc (but not a smooth circle) as well as use it with many of the other paths that can be created such as gears etc


You can simply double click the 'original node' point (the faint blue square) and the node will be returned to a sharp node.


To change all the sharp nodes into smooth / curved nodes, select all the points of the shape by dragging the CT over the entire shape. Now all the points are selected, the CT can interactively change all the sharp points in seconds (actually it is good fun to see the shape mold before your eyes). You can also also use the selected points with the radius slider which can be found in the top bar of the application. If a point isalready a smooth / curved node, the point will be unchanged


You don't have to use the interactive approach by changing the radius of the corner on the actual shape, you can also just change the radius via the slider along the top of the application (just next to the radius type). That can be increased to the maximum point for the curve and no more



The default type is none and that can also be used to restore it back to the sharp node - simply select the none and things will be back before using the CT. The other types for the CT are rounded, straight, concave and cutout.


The type can be changed interactively and the result will be seen with the current selected node. The other nodes do not change (any nodes not selected).


You can use the CT to create amazing shape designs in second from any basic shape such as a star or rectangle etc


To turn all the nodes altered by the CT into standard curves - to do this click the bake button at the top of the application. If they are not selected, they will not be converted into standard curves by the bake functionality



You can use it with type / text as well. You can use the right click context menu command 'convert to curves' to convert type / text into curves and by selecting all the nodes (sharp as well as smooth), you can then use the CT to curve and smooth type. The result can result in a radically different character design. You can then export the result for use in apps such as FontLab as well as the Fontself extension in Illustrator and a new font can be generated.


To use, select some text and then right click and convert to curves. Ungroup the artwork if you are using more than a single character and then use the CT


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