Learn how to edit the paths in your artwork using a variety of tools and options, including the Pen tool, Curvature tool, Anchor Point tool, and others.

What you learned: How to edit paths you create using different tools and methods

You can use a host of tools and methods to edit paths you create with the drawing tools. In this tutorial, you’ll learn how to select anchor points, switch selection tools, add and remove anchor points, and more.

Select anchor points

Select the Direct Selection tool and click on a path to see its anchor points. Click on a point to select it. Press the Shift key and click to add or remove points from the selection, or drag across anchor points to select them.

Access Selection tools quickly

You can select the Direct Selection tool by pressing the “A” key, or the Selection tool by pressing the “V” key.

Add and remove anchor points

You can add points to a selected path by clicking on the path with the Pen tool selected. To remove anchor points, click directly on an anchor point with the Pen tool selected.

Edit anchor points while drawing with the Pen tool

To select and move anchor points while drawing or editing with the Pen tool, press the Command key (MacOS) or the Ctrl key (Windows) to temporarily select the Direct Selection tool. Then drag the anchor points you select.

Convert points between corner and smooth

To convert a corner point to a smooth point or vice versa, in the Properties panel, click either the Convert selected anchor points to corner or Convert selected anchor points to smooth option.

Add or remove direction handles with the Anchor Point tool

Another method for converting from a corner point to a smooth point or vice versa is to click and hold on the Pen tool and select the Anchor Point tool. Click on a point to remove the handles and make it a corner, or drag away from the point to easily drag direction handles out.

Editing with the Curvature tool

To edit the points, you can also select the Curvature tool in the Tools panel and double-click an anchor point to convert it between a corner and smooth point, press the Delete key (MacOS) or the Backspace key (Windows) to remove a selected point.

 

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09/24/2018

Presenter: Brian Wood

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