I want to convert regular forms let's say for example a rectangle and circle to a hand-written looking forms using Illustrator or Inkscape(best scenario). I don't want to use the pencil to draw the shape using the mouse.

Here is a an image that illustrate better the desired result:

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    For Inkscape: graphicdesign.stackexchange.com/questions/27379/…
    – Takkat
    Feb 9, 2016 at 11:44
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    You can easily do this with brushes. Illustrator comes with some hand-drawn type brushes ready loaded, but there are plenty you can download if they don't suit your needs. Or you can quite easily make your own.
    – Cai
    Feb 9, 2016 at 11:51
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    I get that you don't want to draw the circle, but what about the arrow? If we forget about the style of that arrow for a second... Wouldn't it be the easier for you to draw the arrow to point what ever you want, rather than draw a straight arrow and apply an effect on it that makes it always curve down to the right? To further illustrate my point, here's a crude example of arrows drawn in Illustrator with a mouse ( The arrow head doesn't fit the style of the line, but it can also be changed )
    – Joonas
    Feb 9, 2016 at 12:52

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As CAI said you can use different brushes for the line style to give a more hand-drawn effect which works well but that is only half the solution.

To fully complete the look use the warp tool (shift+R) or one of the warp or distort effects or possibly a combination of the above. This will give the imperfects needed for a more authentic hand-drawn look.


In Inkscape you can do this with path effects, simply use the circle tool to create your circle, convert the object to a path and then use the path effect editor to create your effect.

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