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Lesson 5. Using Points and Paths > Manipulating Control Handles

Manipulating Control Handles

Once you get the hang of dragging to create a curve, you can use the control handles to change the shape of the curve. This skill may be a bit harder to master, but you need to learn it to get the most out of drawing in FreeHand.

Each point has two handles, though you may not always see them. For example, the handles of a corner point are retracted by default, but you can pull them out if you need them. When you select a curve point, you see its handles, plus you may see handles on the surrounding points. The handles you see, either on the selected point or other points, control the shape. For example, the left handle controls the curve to the left of the point, and the right handle controls the curve to the right of the point. If the handle to the left of the point is also displayed, then that handle also helps to control the curve.


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