When refining a vector in CorelDRAW and node(s) get removed from it, CorelDRAW preserves vector's curvature (as much as possible), but when removing anchor points on Illustrator paths, it destroys the curvature.

Is there any tool, plug-in or script out there to make this procedure possible in Illustrator, same as CorelDRAW ?



Adobe Illustrator

**Adobe Illustrator**

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    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
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    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 '19 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).

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  • 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. – user120647 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

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Try holding down the shift key while using the delete anchor point tool. It retains the curvature of the path! Works in newer versions of Illustrator.

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  • I'm on Illustrator CC, and sadly I cannot confirm that this workflow is successful at all - I tried it, and cannot see any difference between the results of removing an anchor with versus without Shift held down: in all cases, the net curve is substantially altered. – GerardFalla Jan 22 at 18:22

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

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  • the question is specific about doing it in Illustrator... – Luciano Mar 20 at 11:11

The new Illustrator 2020 used to do when you press and hold the shift key along with the delete point tool. but strangely enough it stops and went back to it’s old function suddenly. I reinstalled the software and the function worked well for a while then it stopped again.

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  • I think I will give it a try! – Roozbeh E Apr 9 at 8:09

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