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Chapter 11. Using the Paths Palette > Modifying Anchor Points

Modifying Anchor Points

Anchor points can be added or deleted, and existing anchor points can be modified. In reality, the anchor points are used to define the length and curve of the segments, or lines that connect the anchor points together. Just think of a farmer that strings a line of barbed wire to protect his cattle, he places posts in the ground and strings the wire between the posts. The more posts he uses, the more complex the path of the barbed wire. In Photoshop, the posts are the anchor points, and the barbed wire, the segments. However, we have one advantage over the barbed wire, we can cause a segment line to curve between the anchor points, while the farmer must stretch the barbed wire in a straight line between posts.


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