Use the Width Tool in Illustrator (CS5)

* The Width Tool was a relatively new addition to Illustrator CS5 when this tutorial was originally posted on my old blog, The Singing Tree.*

The Width Tool is easy to use and a very handy little widget. I used it to make some tapering shapes with curls on the end – see below. They look like a set of Victorian surgical accessories but they have their own charm.

They make for wonderfully squirly-shaped elements! 🙂