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Heart Shapes in Illustrator

1 - In Illustrator, create a “New Document”.

2 - Choose a Red shade from the “Swatches Panel” as “Fill” color and “No Stroke”.

3 - Select the “Rounded Rectangle Tool”, click inside the Canvas and input a “Width” of 65 px, a “Height” of 200 px and a “Corner Radius” of 100px.

4 - Center it using the “Horizontal and Vertical Align Center” options on your Top Menu and make sure that “Align to Artboard” is selected. Or use the same options in the “Align Panel”.

5 - Double-click the “Rotate Tool” (R) to open the dialog window, input a -90° Angle and click “Copy”.

6 - Double-click the “Rotate Tool” (R) again, but this time input a 45° Angle and click “OK”.

7 - Select both shapes, head to the “Pathfinder Panel” and choose “Divide”. Right-click on top and choose “Ungroup” (Command/Control + U).

8 - Use the “Selection Tool” to select the bottom shapes and “Delete” them. The idea is to remain with a “Heart” shape. Select the remaining shapes and choose “Unite” in the “Pathfinder Panel”.

9 - If you prefer a more “Rounded” Heart, repeat “Steps 2 to 6”. Then move the Left rectangle some clicks to the right using the “Arrow” keys and do the same with the Right rectangle to move it to the right.

10 - Once you are happy with the result repeat “Steps 7 to 8”.

11 - You may want to use the “Scale Tool” (S) to grow your second “Heart” shape a bit. We used a 115% increment.

12 - Check out your “Hearts”.

by @lornacane

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