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Chapter 6. Exact Points and Precision Cu... > Smoothing, Erasing, Reshaping, and S...

Smoothing, Erasing, Reshaping, and Simplifying (aka Fixing Things)

It happens—somewhere, sometime, somehow you're going to make a mistake. Perhaps you have created a pencil path that is too wobbly; perhaps you kept dragging with the pencil beyond where you should have; or maybe you just don't like one side of the shape anymore. Whatever the reason, the bottom line is that you're going to want to change it. Fortunately, Illustrator gives you several tools and a special command that can help reshape, smooth, and erase existing paths. These include the smooth tool, the erase tool, the pencil and paintbrush, the reshape tool, and the Simplify command. I'll start in with the aptly named smooth and erase tools, which can be found in the alternate slots for the pencil tool, as shown in Figure 6.33.

Figure 6.33. The smooth and erase tools don't create new paths, but they help you modify existing ones.



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