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Chapter 6. Nodes and Paths > Special Project: Create a Heart

Special Project: Create a Heart

Changing a circle into a heart is easy to do. Follow the steps to discover how to create a heart by converting nodes from one type to another, moving control points to achieve the desired curve, and moving the nodes themselves to stretch path segments.

To start the heart:

1.
Draw a perfect circle using the Ellipse Tool while holding down the Ctrl key (Figure 22).

Figure 22. Hold down the Ctrl key while using the Ellipse Tool to draw a perfect circle.


2.
Convert the circle to curves by either pressing Ctrl+Q on the keyboard or choosing Convert To Curves on the Arrange menu.

3.
Select the object with the Shape Tool to display its nodes (Figure 23).

Figure 23. Use the Shape Tool to select the object and display its nodes.


4.
Use the Shape Tool to select the node at the bottom of the circle. When you do, several control points appear (Figure 24) at the bottom and sides. If you look at the Status Bar, you will see that the node you have selected is a "Curve Symmetrical" —meaning, a symmetrical node. The bottom of a heart is pointed, so you are going to have to convert the symmetrical node to a cusp node to achieve the point.

Figure 24. When you select the bottom node, the Status Bar tells you what type of node it is.



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