Follow Your Heart

Posted on October 16, 2011 and tagged DIY

This tutorial will teach you how to draw a perfect heart using Adobe Illustrator. If you're new to Illustrator, this is a good way to get acquainted with some basic skills that will hopefully inspire you to make some shapes of your own!

Skill Level: Beginner Tools We Will Use: Ellipse Tool, Direct Selection Tool, Pen Tool, Pathfinder

Step 1 Open up a new Illustrator document. Choose the Ellipse Tool by clicking and holding on the Rectangle Tool. This will bring up a little menu of all the shapes. Now change the Stroke and Fill of your shape to whatever your little heart (get it? heart?) desires. I chose predictable pink. Feel free to not use a stroke at all if you want.

Step 2 Draw a circle! Do this by using the Ellipse Tool while holding Shift. This keeps the shape as a perfect circle and not an oval.

Step 3 Now copy and paste your circle so you have two of them. The best way to do this is Edit>Copy then Edit>Paste in Front. That way the second circle shows up right on top of the first one and you can easily drag it to the side.

Step 4 Open up the Pathfinder Tool by selecting Window>Pathfinder. With both circles selected, click on Unite. This turns the 2 circles into one shape. Then find the Convert Anchor Point tool by clicking and holding the Pen Tool. Click on the bottom point in the dip between the shapes, as shown in the picture below.

Step 5 Go into the Pen Tool again and select the Delete Anchor Point Tool and delete the 2 points on the bottom of the shape. Look at the screen shot below to see what I mean.

Step 6 Remember that point you used the Convert Tool on? Well grab the Direct Selection Tool and drag that point down until what you have resembles a heart.

Step 7 Grab the handles of the points on either side of the heart and drag them down just a bit. This will round out your heart.

Step 8 There you have it, a perfect little heart! Oh and what's this? An expertly Photoshopped kitty in the corner congratulating you on a job well done!

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