I am working on a trademark that utilizes a leaf. I translated the leaf into a vector shape but need to remove all of the jagged edges and make it smooth. Any suggestions?
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As mentioned in the comments, it would be better if you re-drew the shape using the pen tool. This might seem like quite a challenge at first, but it's really not difficult at all, once you do a couple you will find the rest very easy.
This article is part of a series on drawing tools in Illustrator, and it focuses on drawing curved paths. The basic principle is this:
Unlike straight paths, curved paths are created by clicking and dragging. The first time you click and drag, you set a starting point for the curved path and importantly, you also determine the direction of the curve. As you continue to drag, a curved path is drawn between the previous point and the current point.
When you click and drag with the Pen tool, two things happen:
An anchor point is placed on the artboard when you click.
Direction lines and direction points are drawn when you drag.
You can use the direction lines and points to determine the direction and shape of the curved path you’re drawing.