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Chapter 6. Exact Points and Precision Cu... > Operating on Points after the Path I...

Operating on Points after the Path Is Done

With all of that under your belt, you may be feeling justifiably empowered and capable of taking on all the path-editing projects you can find. But there are still some unanswered questions. For example, how do you insert a point into a path? For that matter, how do you remove a point without breaking the path in half? And what do you do if you want to change a corner point in an existing path to a smooth point, or a smooth point to a corner? Aaaauuggghhh!

Illustrator provides three tools that let you precisely operate on existing points, whether drawn with the pen tool or any of the other tools. These are the add anchor point tool, the delete anchor point tool, and the convert anchor point tool. (All those anchors are weighing me down, so I'll just dump them overboard, leaving the shorter tool names listed in Figure 6.40.) To select one of these tools, you can drag from the pen tool slot in the toolbox and select the tool from the pop-up menu. You can also use the default keyboard shortcuts: plus (+) for add point, minus (-) for delete point, and Shift-C for convert point.


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