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Chapter 7. WORKING WITH POINTS > Modifying Points and Handles

Modifying Points and Handles

The shape of a path depends on the types of points on the path. You can change the shape of a path by changing the type of point or changing the point handles.

To modify points using the Object inspector:

1.
Use the Pointer tool to select one of the points on a path.

2.
In the Object inspector, click the Point type icons for Curve point, Corner point, or Connector point 13.

Figure 13. With a point selected, you can use the Object inspector to modify points and their handles.


3.
Click the Handles icons to retract the handles going into and out of the point.

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The left icon retracts the handle going into a point. The right icon retracts the handle coming out of a point.

4.
With a curve point selected, choose the Automatic setting. This sets the point handles to the position and length that is best suited for the shape of the path 14.

Figure 14. A comparison of how the Automatic setting changes the position and length of point handles.


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The Bezigon tool creates points with the Automatic setting turned on.

5.
Use the Point location x field to set the horizontal position of the point.

6.
Use the Point location y field to set the vertical position of the point.


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