N.S.L: WEEK 155 – Adobe Illustrator CC 2014: “Live Shapes”

New Feature for Adobe Illustrator version 18 Creative Cloud 20014

Live Shapes!

Adobe Illustrator CC 2014 Live Shapes
“Live Shapes” Adobe Illustrator CC 2014 version 18

This is the beginning of a facelift for our primitive shapes in AiCC18204. If you check out the Rectangle and Rounded Rectangle tools, they are now what is being called “Live Shapes”. I’ll admit, I like to joke about the term “Shapes” when we are clearly only dealing with Rectangles but I’m sure the rest of the shapes are coming in future builds.


Make sure you check out the video breakdown above. You can see the Live Shapes in action.


Live Rectangle in Adobe Illustrator CC 2014
Scale and rotation adjustments can be made with the same tool.

I like that I can use the same tool to rotate and scale my shapes.


Creative Cloud Adobe Illustrator
Transform Panel “Shape Properties”

There is a lot of action going on in the Transform Panel. Once you draw a Live Shape, the panel pop’s out and you will find Shape Properties. In this section I have full control over my corners. The best part, we can change the corner types. on the upside, we have more control over rectangles than we ever had in the past.


There was something that really threw me off, it looks like there are 2 sections in the Transform Panel that do the exact same thing. That is not the case. The top Height and Width options are controlling the size of the bounding box around the shape. The 2nd section of Height and Width, deals with the actual size of the shape. If you rotate your shape, you’ll find that you get different measurements.  I showed this to my boss, kinda making fun of Illustrator because I thought I knew what I was talking about. My boss showed me how wrong I was =D


I thought I knew it all about Live Shapes!


If you want to go even further on this topic, you have to check out VectorScribe by Astute Graphics


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One response to “N.S.L: WEEK 155 – Adobe Illustrator CC 2014: “Live Shapes”

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