While refining a vector in CorelDRAW when a node removed from line, it preserves it's curvature (a much as possible), but when removing anchors on Illustrator paths, it destroys the curvature.

Any way, any plug-in or tool is out here to make this possible in illustrator?



Adobe Illustrator

**Adobe Illustrator**

  • Vetorscribe is probably your best option for simplifying paths. – WELZ May 8 '18 at 13:31
  • thx welz I'll try that. – Roozbeh E May 8 '18 at 13:34
  • Yes ... as far as I'm aware VectorScribe, specifically the InkScribe portion, is the only way I know. – Scott May 8 '18 at 15:48
  • I would say... Keep using Corel Draw... Xo) – Rafael Jan 24 at 15:53

The best way to remove anchor points on Illustrator is the Simplify window.

Object > Path > Simplify

You can reduce vector points after selecting the path with WYSIWIG info. If you get familiar with this tool, the result could get better than the original path.


You can also use this window selecting just some points with the Direct Selection Tool (the white pointer).

  • If you want to remove one point, select this point, the one before and the one after with the Direct Selection Tool, as is mentioned on the answer, and open the Simplify window. – Danielillo May 8 '18 at 13:21
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    @Daniello good point, I hadn't thought of that +1 – WELZ May 8 '18 at 13:22
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    Yes simplify is a handy one. but this not gonna change curvature editing algorithm which I asked about. touching sometimes needs a more accurate and manual work. In corelDRAW there is "Reduce nodes" slider like "Simplify" in AI but CDR beside that haves a good curve keeping algorithm, and I think I gonna submit some feature request! thx – Roozbeh E May 8 '18 at 13:28

Removing single points while keeping the path is not possible in Illustrator without plugins.

Possible plugins as mentioned here:

For simply reducing the points in a path, there is the Simplify Tool Object > Path > Simplify where you can reduce the points in a path by simply dragging a slider. Usually, adjusting the precision just a little bit reduces the amount of points in a given path a lot, if the path was drawn by hand for example.

Illustrator Simplify Tool


Or export to SVG, open in Inkscape (free) and delete the point(s) :)

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