Solution

Angled Tab

1 Start with a rectangular vector shape in a color of your choice. I've used a light blue in the image below.

Starting with a rectangular button

Starting with a rectangular button

Using the Direct Selection Tool (4), select the top left-hand anchor point of the rectangle. Hold down the Shift key and move the point to the right by pressing the right arrow once Moving the anchor point or twice. Your image should look something like the one at right. Release the Shift key and use the arrow keys to fine-tune the point. We'll go "old school" here and count the number of times we press the arrow key so that we know how far to move the point on the right-hand side when we get to it. Repeat step 2 for the top, right-hand anchor point.

That's it—believe it or not, our angled tab button is complete! If you don't believe me, look at the finished result below.

Completed angle button

Examples of angled tab buttons

Completed angle button

^ Pen Tool ^'•••'Freeform Pen Tool Add Anchor Point Tool Delete Anchor Point Tool |\ Convert Point Tool

Cut-corner Tab

1 This time, we'll make a tab button with a cut corner. Again, start with a rectangular vector shape. Select the Add Anchor Point Tool—you'll find this in the flyout menu of the Pen Tool (p), shown at right.

2 Add an anchor point to the side of the button as I've done in the example below (you might need to zoom in).

Selecting the Add Anchor Point Tool

Adding a point to the button

Adding a point to the button

3 Choose the Convert Point Tool, which is also in the 1 . -.■ p'riT°°'

Freeform Pen Tool flyout menu of the Pen Tool (p). ^dancta-pom™

Delete Anchor Point Tool ■ |\ Convert Point Tool —-k—

Selecting the Convert Point Tool

4 Click once on the new anchor point to get rid of the direction handlebars, as shown below.

Converting the anchor point

5 Using the Direct Selection Tool (4), click on the top corner anchor point and use the arrow keys to move the anchor point across to form a "cut corner", as illustrated below.

Moving the anchor point Completed cut-corner tab

Moving the anchor point Completed cut-corner tab

6 If you like, repeat the effect on the other side; otherwise, take a moment to marvel at our cut-corner tab, shown above and to the right.

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