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1 19th May 00:16
mikelee_slc
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I need to replace the sharp angle where two arcs cross with a radius. How can I fillet these arcs?

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2 19th May 00:16
bert philippus
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Wha...?
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3 19th May 00:16
heather bell
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Bert, I think he's using this meaning of fillet:
3 a : a concave junction formed where two surfaces meet (as at an angle) b : a strip that gives a rounded appearance to such a junction; also : a strip to reinforce the corner where two surfaces meet
Join the paths and delete unnecessary points, add new ones where needed and adjust the curve.
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4 19th May 00:16
mikelee_slc
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Your response of "Wha...?" makes me wonder if the term "Fillet" is what you didn't under stand. Below is a better description complements of webster.com:

Main Entry: 1fil·let
Pronunciation: 'fi-l&t, in sense 2b also fi-'lA, 'fi-(")lA
Variant(s): also fi·let /fi-'lA, 'fi-(")lA/
Function: noun
Etymology: Middle English filet, from Anglo-French, diminutive of fil thread, from Latin filum -- more at FILE

3 a : a concave junction formed where two surfaces meet (as at an angle) b : a strip that gives a rounded appearance to such a junction; also : a strip to reinforce the corner where two surfaces meet

Autocad has a fillet command. It extends two lines and connects them with a specified radius.
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5 20th May 13:45
harron_k._appleman
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Huh?
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6 20th May 13:46
james_talmage
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Mike,

Illustrator does not have a Fillet command. It has only an awkward Round Corners command which will only work on the situation you describe (a corner formed by two curved segments) if the two segments are already parts of the same path. It can be applied as either a Filter (actually changes the original paths) or as an Effect (still "live" after being applied so it can be edited or removed after).

Applying Filter>Stylize>RoundCorners or Effect>Stylize>Round Corners will not perform a Join between ends of two separate paths as programs with proper Radius/Fillet commands sometimes do. It does not affect only the corner(s) selected, but the whole path.

Using Round Corners (Effect or Filter) will only yield the "radius" specified between segments which form right angles. Using it on the two adjacent curved segments as you describe will most likely alter the curves of the whole segments, not simply replace the corner with a circular arc.

So no, Illustrator does not have a proper Radius/Fillet command. It's a frequent feature request.

JET
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7 20th May 13:49
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The Xtream Path (http://www.cvalley.com) plug-in adds tools for making fillets and chamfers, along with a lot more tools for working with paths. It's not exactly cheap at $139US and I had some major qualms about buying it, but I'm glad I did. I use the tools in it every day.
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8 20th May 13:50
tim_stroud
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I used a tryout version first, which made me glad I didn't buy it! It has trouble filleting even slightly curved paths, like I have trouble filleting fish...
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