I want a perfectly round heart if that makes any sense. My idea was to start with a circle. Then I wanted to give it a small widows peak at the top. This would pinch a point into the space of the circle. Next I want to pinch a point out of the circle at the bottom.

I am having a hard time describing what I want to I can't fine the right documentation. I thought I could add two anchor points one on either side of the 12 o'clock anchor point of a circle even spaced and then drag the 12 o'clock anchor point to create the widows peak.

If for any reason you understand what i mena please help lol.

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  • We understand the letters you used in your terrada. Unfortunately, the voluminous verbiage prevent us from more specific understanding, thus you should try to organize the letters in slightly more sophisticated order or/and even add some pothooks and hangers to them...
    – Ilan
    Commented Sep 6, 2015 at 13:01
  • a sketch would help enormously
    – binky
    Commented Sep 6, 2015 at 16:10
  • I don't understand what you are asking.. if you envision what you want.... is there some hurdle to you at least attempting that in Illustrator? Then posting what you have, and where you are having trouble? Or, are you just asking for a step by step tutorial without even trying yourself first??? We are not a "tutorial on demand" site.
    – Scott
    Commented Sep 7, 2015 at 4:38
  • I uploaded an image. I apologize for my amature question. I am brand new to design, AI, and this is my first question here ever. Commented Sep 8, 2015 at 19:01
  • Have you even tried doing this in Illustrator?
    – Scott
    Commented Sep 8, 2015 at 19:05

1 Answer 1


This might be a little challenging if you aren't used to using Illustrator's Pen tool or working with paths in general, but here's one way to do it.

  1. Draw a circle. With the Ellipse tool selected, hold Shift and drag to draw your circle (shift will constrain your proportions and make it perfectly round) enter image description here
  2. Add four extra points to your circle. Select the Pen tool, and hover over the top edge of your circle until you see a little plus appear. Click to add extra points at the top of your circle, one on each side of the center point. Repeat on the bottom. enter image description here
  3. Pull your top center point down. Using the Direct Selection tool (the white arrow), select your top center point and drag it down.

    direct selection tool enter image description here

  4. Convert the center point to an angle. Select the Anchor Point tool (it is buried under the Pen tool) and click on your top center point. This will make it come to a sharp point.

    anchor point tool enter image description here

  5. Smooth out your path's curves. This is the trickiest part. Select a one of your new points with the Direct Selection tool to bring up that points Bezier curve handle bars. Drag the ends of these handles around to get your curve just right. enter image description here
  6. Repeat steps 3-5 at the bottom of your shape. enter image description here enter image description here enter image description here
  7. Refine your curves. Use the Direct selection tool to select individual points and drag the handle bars around until you're happy with the shape's look. enter image description here

Good luck!

  • Always a shame when a great answer is added to a completely lazy (close-worthy) question. :)
    – Scott
    Commented Sep 8, 2015 at 21:50
  • @Scott :) I remember not knowing the right terms to search for or the right questions to ask. I figured something like this could help more than one person someday.
    – Vicki
    Commented Sep 8, 2015 at 22:28
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    @Scott, I'm sorry my question does not stand up to your professional requirements. But I am certain nothing can make a good answer a shame. I applaud Vicki for her amazing answer and I am truly grateful. I will work hard to remember where I started so that I can be as kind to new comers as Vicki Commented Sep 8, 2015 at 22:41
  • sorry but this is a very convoluted answer, a heart only needs 4 anchor points
    – Ryan
    Commented Sep 13, 2015 at 2:07
  • I was going off what they showed in their sketch. Your solution is a great option as well.
    – Vicki
    Commented Sep 13, 2015 at 4:37

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