I have one problem if I may say so. I have quarter of a cricle line and horizontal line. End points selected and conected. Now I would like to make rounded corner but then this happens.

I would like to have rounded corner and no deformation of other line(s).

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Any idea please? Thank you very much and greetings from Slovenia. Ron

  • 1
    which version of illustrator you are using?
    – Rishab
    Jan 19, 2016 at 12:07
  • 2
    You should use other corner radius methods. AI CS 6 and later: Live corners AI CS 3-6: Round any corner script. Download link for the whole package at the top.
    – Joonas
    Jan 19, 2016 at 12:50
  • Hi! I'm using CS6! Thank you @Rishab! Link is amazing! TNX again! :)
    – Ron
    Jan 19, 2016 at 16:58
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    @Joonas Live corners is only available in CC not CS6.
    – Cai
    Jan 19, 2016 at 18:23

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The round tool in the effects menu called Round Corners is broken (and has been forever). Either use the live corners feature (CC and newer) or the round any corner script described by @Joonas in a comment. But here's a perfect opportunity to bring in mathematical thinking.

You can do this on your own.

See the round has to occur at the point where of 2 perpendicular lines with the specified length (radius of circle) meet. Now there happens to be a function that does trace the line where the object happens to be x units away from the path. This function is called offset and is present (Object → Path → Offset Path...) to enable the system to stroke paths.

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Image 1: Round (fillet) has to be where the line ends meet while being perpendicular to curve.

By drawing the offset curves all you need to find the place where the curves intersect. This is your round (fillet) circles center location, Intersection is easy to snap to when you have smart guides enabled.

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Image 2: The offset lines and their intersection.

All that remain is to draw the circle at the intersection and cutting this in pieces.

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Image 3: After drawing the circle and cutting it.

Why bother? Well its true that you might not want to do this in illustrator and instead use script or builtin function where present. But this also works if you draw things with a compass and a ruler, and some esoteric apps might also not have this. Besides it shows you how mathematical thinking can help in design. Good to know in any case.

TL;DR Use a script or the live corners feature.

  • Uau @joojaa! THANK YOU very much for your comprehensive reply! Now I see the point. I'm only a designer and I'm not Ai Master and I'm glad for guys like you! TNXaLOT!
    – Ron
    Jan 19, 2016 at 17:04

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