How to fix spiky corners

This happens a lot. You want a nice clean outline like the one on the right, but instead your drawing looks more like the one on the left:

First, let’s take a look at why this happens. You can see that it’s the geometry of the different shapes overlapping that’s causing this:

There’s a few different ways to fix this. This way is the simplest:

As you can see, this is one closed shape (the black outline) with each inner line segment done as a separate stroke. This works well! But it’s only ideal if you want a single solid background color.

There’s another way to do this, if you want each shape to have its own background color. First, open your Strokes panel (Window–>Strokes). Now, round all the corners, as shown:

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No spikes, and each triangle is still a separate closed shape. However, the outer corners now look rounded. To fix this add a separate outer hexagon, as shown in the first example.

Sharp corners all around!



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