Help! In Illustrator how can I curve the ends of a rectangle very slightly so it follows the same path as the circle background it is sitting on? I don't want rounded corners of a rectangle, just the end of the rectangle to be slightly curved. I feel like this should be so easy and yet I am having trouble with it. Thank you!

  • Hi GeorgeW, Welcome to GD.SE! This is a little hard to visualize and a picture could help but my guess would be to just add an anchor point at the end and move it out a bit and convert the anchor point to smooth.
    – AndrewH
    Commented Nov 1, 2016 at 19:40
  • If what I visualize in my head is what you do too, then you'll probably want to use Andrew's method or an Envelope Distort. You should really post a pic though, as Andrew said. We are a visual community...
    – Manly
    Commented Nov 1, 2016 at 20:25
  • Thank you! I added several anchor points to each end and pulled them out and I think it worked okay. I didnt smooth it but when I dragged the points out it seemed to align with the background circle. Thanks so much!
    – GeorgeW
    Commented Nov 1, 2016 at 23:07

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Did you try adding a stroke an select the round corner?

//ignore the stroke weight 😅 enter image description here

Or, if you have the last version of illustrator, select the shape with the direct selection tool (press "a" on your keyboard), and move the white dots.

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