Today we will look at the differences between Astute Graphics’ Dynamic Corners found in the VectorScribe plug-in and Adobe’s Live Corners. This follows numerous request for this information following Adobe’s launch of Live Corners earlier in the Creative Cloud’s existence .
We will analyze and compare the features for accuracy, convenience and number of functions.
1. Let’s begin by looking at point alignment… With the help of Adobe’s Live Corners, we cannot achieve accurate placement of corner end points with adjacent segments when the rounded corner:
- comes to the end of the path
- meets an adjacent live corner end point
- comes to an adjacent anchor point
Astute Graphics’ Dynamic Corners feature provides accurate points alignment in all these cases
Crucially, when two Dynamic Corners meet, only a single point is created at the merge position removing the risk of unwanted redundant points.
2. Astute Graphics’ Dynamic Corners use an additional mid-point on the corner when the angle is less than 90° as it ensures a more accurate and true radius.
3. We can remove a rounding radius by double clicking on the corner point of Astute Graphics’ Dynamic Corners. Adobe’s Live Corners do not have this function.
4. Adobe’s Live Corners sometimes incorrectly identify curved segments in artwork as a Live Corner. This leads to strange effects when changing radius and can be illustrated well with a simple circle example. However this problem does not exist when we use Astute Graphics’ Dynamic Corners.
5. We can change the radius by moving the curved segment of a rounded corner with Astute Graphics’ Dynamic Corners tool. Adobe’s Live Corners feature does not have this function, since we work using the Direct Selection Tool.
6. We can convert a native Round Corners Effect (Effect > Stylize > Round Corners …) to Astute Graphics’ Dynamic Corners by choosing the Convert Round Corner Effects command in the Dynamic Corners panel (Window > VectorScribe > Dynamic Corners Panel), and then continue working with multiple angles or individually selected ones. We cannot do the same with Adobe’s Live Corners.
7. There are keyboard shortcuts to control Adobe’s Live Corners. These are Shift for selection and deselection of multiple angles and Opt/Alt for switching between different types of corners (Round > Invert Round > Chamfer). Astute Graphics’ Dynamic Corners have more keyboard shortcuts for convenient work with the feature. For example, Opt/Alt allows the corner to be moved during a subsequent drag when mousing down on a corner.
Learn more about Astute Graphics’ Dynamic Corners keyboard shortcuts from the Shortcuts for VectorScribe (Dynamic Corners) article.
8. Astute Graphics’ Dynamic Corners feature is a separate tool as the additional widgets of Adobe’s Live Corners can prove less efficient. But fear not – you can turn off native corner annotations (View > Hide Corner Widget).
The separate tool approach from Astute Graphics also allows for the selection of corners independent to selected points for editing with Astute Graphics’ Dynamic Corners tool.
That’s why we give our own tools the score 8:0. Even if we are hugely biased!