How to use live ellipse tool in Illustrator tutorial

How to use the live shapes / ellipse shape tool in Adobe Illustrator tutorial in CC 2018 2017 etc

Ellipse tool (live) in Illustrator

live shape and ellipse tool in illustrator how to
  1. Ellipse tool in Illustrator toolbar (live shape) - select that tool (it is beneath the rectangle tool)

  2. Draw ellipse / circle (hold shift for circle)

  3. Go to the right side of the circle

  4. Select little dot on the right

  5. Open the circle / ellipse to create additional options for the live design

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live shapes illustrator ellipse toolThe new 'live shape' status was added to Illustrator in CC 2018 2017 / 2015.1. It is in the same slot as the ellipse tool in previous versions but it is now 'live'. The live ellipse / circle shape has some new features added such as the creation of arcs etc. To use the tool, go to the toolbar (or toolbox) panel and select the tool which is normally found beneath the rectangle tool.


Select the ellipse tool in the Illustrator toolbar. Drag and create on the artboard. Set the fill and stroke etc. Go to the transform panel. Set ellipse properties


I would suggest also going to the window menu and selecting the transform panel which has all the key properties


live shape ellipses in IllustratorThe first thing to notice after selecting the live shape ellipse tool and dragging the ellipse is that as you hit a circle shape, two cross hairs will appear and disappear as the size of the shape changes - they will appear if the width and height are equal. If you hold down the shift key, you can create a circle but the smart guides will not appear. Once you have the shape, you can then manipulate it either via the bounding box etc or via the transform panel.


Select ellipse tool / live shape ellipse tool. Go to the artboard. Draw ellipse. Hold shift key down and then Size circle and Release mouse


ellipse properties for live shape in Illustrator

There are a two sets of fields for the height and width as well as the ellipse height and width, they are not equal but they can be set to the same but only when the angle is not involved. As soon as you change the angle, the settings will be different. You can change the width etc via the up and down controls on the keyboard as well as just typing in the value or using the bounding box or the side points (to size proportionally use the left and right and use the top and bottom ones to squeeze or stretch up and down. You can change the angle (but if this is a circle then you won't see any difference). If you set the shear then it will break the live feature. You can re-position the path by using the selection tool but you can also use the center point of the path with the tool selected. You can also use the constrain buttons to size the width and height proportionally (either as a circle or as an ellipse)


Window menu and then Transform and Go to the transform panel. Go to the ellipse properties on transform. Set ellipse width etc. Set the ellipse angle etc


expand shape for ellipse live shapeYou may or may not love the live feature as the tool does end up adding additional options that can sometimes get in the way of positioning the artwork (such as in the rectangle and the radius which always seems to flash up and block re-sizing the path). You can expand the live artwork by going to the object menu and shape and expand and you can then also re-convert it back again via the same menu.


Once you have the normal path then you can use the sliced path (if the pie slice was used) in numerous ways such as creating all kinds of abstract backgrounds You can also create all kinds of other artwork using live effects such as the transform with the path


Select the ellipse, go to the object menu and then shape and expand command


To do the reverse, select an expanded live shape and go to the shape and 'convert to shape' command


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