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Chapter 5. Drawing > Smoothing Paths

Smoothing Paths

You like using the Pencil tool. But your mouse hand isn’t perfectly steady. Or the jerk you share office space with can’t resist the urge to bump your arm while you’re drawing. Either way, you need a way to smooth the path you’ve drawn in InDesign. Are you doomed to an after-hours workout with the Pen tool? Not with the Smooth tool on your side. This handy gadget can help you smooth out the rough patches in your InDesign paths.

To use the Smooth tool, select the tool from the Tools palette (it’s usually hiding under the Pencil tool). Or select the Pencil tool and hold down Option/Alt to change the Pencil tool to the Smooth tool. Drag the tool along the path you want to smooth (see Figure 5-27). As you drag, InDesign adjusts the control handles and point positions on the path (sometimes deleting points as you drag).


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