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Chapter 18. Béziers > The Bézier shortcuts

The Bézier shortcuts

This page is meant to be used a reference guide. If you're new to Béziers, skip it for right now. Once you've learned the Bézier fundamentals, refer back to this page to speed things up.

Corner pointSelect point, then Option-F1[*]/Ctrl-F1
Smooth pointSelect point, then Option-F2[*]/Ctrl-F2
Symmetrical pointSelect point, then Option-F3[*]/Ctrl-F3
Add pointOption/Alt click line segment
Delete pointOption/Alt click point
Straight segmentSelect segment, then Option-Shift-F1[*]/Ctrl-Shift-F1
Curve segmentSelect segment, then Option-Shift-F2[*]/Ctrl-Shift-F2
Path editing on/offShift-F4/F10
Select all the points on an itemDouble-click a point or Click one point, then Cmd-Shift-A/Ctrl-Shift-A (triple-click to select all the points in a merged paths item)
Select multiple points individuallyShift-click each point
Convert smooth point to corner or vice versaControl-Shift/Ctrl-Shift drag curve handle[**]
Snap point to increment of 45°Shift-drag point
Snap curve handle to increment of 45°Shift-drag curve handle
Retract one curve handleOption-click/Alt-click curve handle
Retract curve handlesControl-Shift/Ctrl-Shift click point[**]
Expose curve handlesControl-Shift/Ctrl-Shift drag point[**]
As a path is being drawn:
Convert corner point to curve point or vice versaCmd-Ctrl/Ctrl click last curve point or drag last corner point
Retract one curve handleCmd-Option/Ctrl-Alt click curve handle
Move a point or adjust a handle as you draw itCmd/Ctrl

[*] This Option-F key shortcut doesn't work in Mac OS 9.

[**] In the Mac OS, if Control Key Activates: Zoom (instead of Contextual Menu) is chosen in Edit > Preferences > Preferences > Document-Interactive, perform the keystroke without the Shift key.



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