Take the 2-minute tour ×
Graphic Design Stack Exchange is a question and answer site for Graphic Design professionals, students, and enthusiasts. It's 100% free, no registration required.

I know how to do this manually, but I need an automatic way (either a script or just a command in Illustrator).

Here's a line like the one I mean. Notice how it's all made of straight lines (The blue dots are the anchor points):

enter image description here

How can I turn this into a true curve easily?

Note that I have all of Adobe Creative Cloud at my disposal, so if there is a tool in Fireworks, Photoshop, or anything else that can help, it is still relevant.

share|improve this question
add comment

3 Answers 3

up vote 7 down vote accepted

You can try Object > Path > Simplify and adjust the Curve Precision and Angle Threshold settings to perhaps get a curve.

There's no straightforward method, which I'm aware of, other than this.

share|improve this answer
    
Worked great! It actually did just what I wanted. –  Mike G Jun 27 '13 at 19:56
add comment

There's also the Smooth tool enter image description here if you prefer a more hands-on approach. Rub it over a selected path, and it smooths it where you rub. If it doesn't smooth enough, keep rubbing.

From this tutorial:

enter image description here

enter image description here

Double-click the tool icon to set how closely the smoothed line sticks to the original (fidelity) and how strong the smoothing is each time (smoothness).


A nice additional feature of the smooth tool is, it only applies to paths and points that are selected. So, if there are parts of a path you want to stay exactly how they are, and parts you want smoothed, you can select just the points you want to be smoothed then use the smooth tool.

share|improve this answer
add comment

Effect > Stylize > Round Corners.

share|improve this answer
    
This will not turn the lines into a single path, it will just round out the edges. –  Johannes Mar 18 at 1:24
add comment

Your Answer

 
discard

By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.