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Lesson 9. Basic Pen Tool Techniques > Moving and adjusting paths

Moving and adjusting paths

You use the Direct Selection tool to select and adjust an anchor point, a path segment, or an entire path.

1.
Select the Direct Selection tool (), hidden under the Path Selection tool () in the toolbox.

To select the Direct Selection tool by using a keyboard shortcut, press A. Also, when the Pen tool is active you can temporarily switch to the Direct Selection tool by holding down Ctrl (Windows) or Command (Mac OS).


2.
Click the A-B path in the window to select it, and then move the path by dragging anywhere on the path using the Direct Selection tool.

Selecting a path

Moving a path

3.
To adjust the slope or length of the path, drag one of the anchor points with the Direct Selection tool.

Adjusting the path angle

Adjusting the path length

4.
Select the Pen tool ().

5.
To begin the next path, hold the pointer over point C so that an x appears in the Pen tool pointer, indicating that clicking will start a new path; then click point C.

6.
Click point D to draw a path between the two points.

7.
End the path using either of the following methods:

  • Click the Pen tool in the toolbox.

  • Hold down Ctrl (Windows) or Command (Mac OS) to temporarily switch to the Direct Selection tool, and then click away from the path.


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