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Hi ! How can I get this shape with Illustrator ? ( I refer to the house shape, both inner and outer shape).

I tried to use the Pencil tool, then I edited the stroke using "Roughen", but the result is not what I expected. The shape, the feel, the stroke that you can see on the pic is really what I would love. Should I use a tablet instead of the mouse?


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To be truly effective, you need to do this manually...

  • create the shape then add anchors and move them
  • draw by hand and scan/trace.

I think the top option is generally quicker and easier, but takes some "fiddling" to get where you want.

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I merely added anchor points to the shape's path. Converted those new anchors to smooth points and moved the handles a little.

To the best of my knowledge, none of the effects are going to be as subtle as your example.

Another option, although possibly more complex than necessary, would be to use an Envelope Mesh.

  • Draw the shape and then select it
  • Choose Object > Envelope Distort > Make With Mesh and enter a good number of columns/rows based upon the object....
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  • Use the Direct Selection Tool to move handles and mesh anchors around...

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A third option would be to use the Warp Tool

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  • Draw your shape
  • Grab the Warp Tool
  • Start pushing and pulling segments

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Note, my shape does have Effect > Stylize > Rounded Corners applied to it, in all 3 examples.

  • You are a genious Scott ! Thanks a LOT ! I'm going to explore all those options and suggestions later today. I'm pretty sure those solutions will work like a charm ! Thanks again, I'll keep you posted about the results ! (happy happy happy) Apr 10, 2019 at 18:58
  • Glad I could help.. the Warp tool is probably the best path to pursue -- at least it would be for me if I wanted more of a "happy accident" type of feel.
    – Scott
    Apr 10, 2019 at 19:47
  • I succeded ! Thank you ! Rounded conners under Effects > Stilyze added an extra flavour to your amazing hints. Thank you a lot. Would you live to see the final result ? Apr 11, 2019 at 13:33

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