Create a heart from a circle
This beginner level tutorial will show you how to use the direct selection tool and convert anchor point tool to alter the anchor points of a circle and turn it into a heart.
Step 1: Draw a circle
Select the ellipse tool and click and drag out a circle - Tip: hold down the shift-key while you draw to constrain the shape to a perfect circle.
Step 2: Change the bottom of the circle to a point
Click and hold down on the Pen tool in the tool box to display the hidden tools beneath. Then drag accross to the tear off bar and release the mouse to seperate the pen tools palette.
With the convert anchor point tool simply click once on the anchor point at the bottom of the circle.
Step 3. Move the top anchor point
Use the Direct selection tool to select the anchor point at the top of the circle and move it down so that the top of the shape is close to flat.
Step 4: Convert the anchor point at the top of shape
Use the direct selection tool to select the anchor point at the top of the circle. Then use the convert anchor point tool and select one of the direction handles attached to the anchor point and drag it up till the curve at that side of the anchor point looks apropriate.
By converting the anchor point we break the connection between the two direction handles so that we can move them independently. Once the connection has been broken we can then select the anchor point again so that both direction handles are visible and then use the direction selection tool to select the direction handle on the other side and draw it up.
Step 5: Colour the shape
Select the shape with the selection tool, bring the fill icon forward in the tool box and choose a colour.
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