Where is the Smooth Tool in Illustrator & How to Use It

The Smooth tool is not showing in the default toolbar, especially in the earlier versions of Adobe Illustrator. No wonder you are confused about where to find it. Well, don’t worry, it’s super easy to find and set up. 

As a graphic designer and illustrator myself, there are so many things I love about Adobe Illustrator. You can really make incredible artwork using all the awesome tools in Illustrator. 

The smooth tool is a very useful tool in Illustrator. Most likely you are using a pencil tool or pen tool to create an object, but then sometimes you can’t get the perfect curve or border. You can use a smooth tool to make the drawing glossier and smoother. 

In this article, you will not only learn where to find the Smooth Tool but also how to use it.

So where is it?  

Find Smooth Tool in Illustrator: Quick Set-Up

I was just as confused as you, having no clue where to find the Smooth tool. All good, now you will know where it is and how to set it up in your toolbar. 

Step1: Click the Edit Toolbar at the bottom of the tool panel. 

Step 2: Under Draw, you can find the Smooth tool

The Smooth tool looks like this: 

Step 3: Click and drag it to anywhere you want in the toolbar. For example, I have it together with Eraser and Scissors tools. 

There you go! Quick and easy. Now you have a Smooth tool in your toolbar. 

How to Use the Smooth Tool in Illustrator (Quick Guide)

Now that you have the smooth tool ready, how does it work? I got you too. 

Step 1: Select the Pen tool or Pencil tool to create anything you want. In this case, I’m using the pencil tool to write my signature. As you can see, the edges are pretty rough, right? 

Step:2: Switch to Smooth tool. Remember you must see the anchor points on the lines in order to use the smooth tool. 

Step 3: Zoom in to the part that you are working on. 

You can see clearly its rough edges

Step 4: Click and draw to draw over the rough edges you want to smoothen, remember to hold your mouse while drawing. 

See? It has already been smoothed quite a lot. Keep going. 

You may repeat multiple times until you get the smooth result you want. Be patient. 

Note: For best results, zoom in as much as you can when you click and draw. 


Obviously, nobody likes rough edges. You probably agree with me that it’s extremely hard to draw perfect lines using the pencil tool but with the help of the Smooth tool plus a little bit of your patience, you can make it happen!  

Have fun drawing! 

About June Escalada
Graduated from Creative Advertising major, worked more than eight years as a graphic designer focusing in branding and Illustration. Yes, Adobe Illustrator is my best friend and I’m passionate about art and design.

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