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How to Use the Arc Tool in Illustrator — Quick Guide

How to Use the Arc Tool in Illustrator — Quick Guide

Not only is the Arc tool a great tool for creating curved lines in Adobe Illustrator, but it’s also easy to alter your line once you’ve drawn it! So how does it work?

 

How To Use The Arc Tool In Adobe Illustrator

To start, double-click on your Illustrator file to open it. Right-click the Line Segment Tool and equip the Arc Tool, then click+drag to draw your line. Use the keyboard shortcut “A” to equip the Sub-selection tool. Finally, use the Sub-selection tool to alter your arc. 

 

How To Use The Arc Tool In Adobe Illustrator — Step-by-step Guide

 

Step 1:

Open your Illustrator file. To start, open your Illustrator document by double-clicking on it, or if Illustrator is already open, you can go to “File” on the top menu, and then “Open” and choose the file you want to open. To speed things up, you can also use the keyboard shortcut COMMAND+O (MAC) “Ctrl+O” (Windows).

How To Use The Arc Tool In Illustrator Step 1

 

Step 2:

Find and equip the Arc tool. Find and right-click the Line Segment Tool, located on the toolbar on the left side of your screen, then select the Arc tool from the menu that pops up to equip it.

How To Use The Arc Tool In Illustrator Step 2

 

Step 3:

Draw your arc. Click and drag your cursor anywhere on your artboard to draw an arc.

How To Use The Arc Tool In Illustrator Step 3

 

Step 4:

Equip the Sub-selection Tool. Look for and select the Sub-selection Tool, located on the toolbar on the left side of your screen. To speed things up, you can use the keyboard shortcut “A” to quick-select the tool. 

How To Use The Arc Tool In Illustrator Step 4

 

Step 5:

Alter your arc. Click on an anchor point on either end of your line to select it. When an anchor point is selected, it will be highlighted and handles that can be used to edit the shape of your arc will be visible. You can click and drag your anchor points or handles to change the length or angle of your arc.

How To Use The Arc Tool In Illustrator Step 5

 

Frequently asked questions about using the arc tool in Illustrator

 

How do I edit the stroke width and color of my line once I’ve drawn it?

When your arc is selected, you can change its stroke width and color via the menu at the top of the screen. You can also pre-set these values before drawing your arc when you have the Arc tool selected.