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Chapter 4. Creating Paths > Using the Smooth and Erase Tools

Using the Smooth and Erase Tools

Adjusting curves with the direction lines can be tricky; getting the hang of it takes a while, and even then you might sometimes get unexpected results. For small adjustments to a path, you can use the Smooth and Erase tools and save yourself some effort. They're located in a fly-out menu with the Pencil tool, and you can pull the menu off the Tool palette entirely to make it into a separate palette when you're using these tools a lot.

Smoothing a Path

Before you can smooth a path, it must be either partially or fully selected (you can Cmd+click [Ctrl+click] with any active tool to select a path). To smooth the path, switch to the Smooth tool and drag it along the portion of the path that you want to smooth out. Illustrator may add and delete anchor points as you modify the curve. Keep smoothing until you get the effect you're seeking (see Figure 4.8).


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