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Lesson 9. Basic Pen Tool Techniques > Adding and subtracting anchor points

Adding and subtracting anchor points

You can add points to a path to increase the number of segments in the path, and you can subtract unneeded or unwanted points from a path.

1.
Use the File Browser or choose File > Open to open the Edit.psd file in the Lessons/Lesson09 folder.

Two paths have been named and saved in the Paths palette. You’ll edit the paths using the Pen tool and the Convert Point tool.

2.
In the Paths palette, click the upper path (named the “Add and delete points” path) to make it the active path. Two subpaths appear in the image window.

3.
Select the Add Anchor Point tool (), hidden under the Pen tool (). Then, position the pointer over the red dot at the center of the straight path and click.

An anchor point with direction lines is added to the segment, and the pointer appears as a hollow arrow (), so that you can select and manipulate the path.

4.
Now select and drag the path upward.

Clicking with the Add Anchor Point tool

Dragging the anchor point

Result

Next, you’ll subtract an anchor point from a path.

5.
Select the Direct Selection tool () and select the second path.

Note

You must select a path before you can delete points from it. However, you can select the path and the anchor points without first selecting a tool. If a path is selected, just move the Pen tool over a segment to change it to the Add Anchor Point tool. Move the Pen tool over an end point to change the tool to the Delete Anchor Point tool.

6.
Select the Delete Anchor Point tool (), hidden under the Add Anchor Point tool (), position the pointer on the red dot over the center anchor point, and then click to remove the anchor point.

Clicking with the Delete Anchor Point tool

Result


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