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Chapter 8. Reshape

Chapter 8. Reshape

In Chapter 5 you learned how to draw closed and open paths without thinking about their individual components. In this important chapter, you will learn how to reshape paths using the nuts and bolts that all paths are composed of: direction lines, direction points, anchor points, and segments. Once you learn how to alter the profile of an object by changing the number, position, or type of anchor points on its path, you'll be able to create just about any shape imaginable.

You will learn these techniques: to move anchor points, direction lines, or path segments to reshape a path; to convert a corner anchor point into a smooth anchor point (or vice versa) to reshape the segments that it connects; to add or delete anchor points and segments; and to use the Erase, Pencil, Paintbrush, Smooth, Twist, and Reshape tools to quickly reshape all or part of a path. You will also learn how to average anchor points; join endpoints; combine paths; split a path; cut paths using the Divide Objects Below command; and carve away parts of a path using the Knife tool. Three practice exercises are also included in this chapter.


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