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 ?



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**Adobe Illustrator**

  • 2
    Vetorscribe is probably your best option for simplifying paths.
    – Welz
    Commented May 8, 2018 at 13:31
  • thx welz I'll try that.
    – Roozbeh E
    Commented May 8, 2018 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
    Commented May 8, 2018 at 15:48
  • I would say... Keep using Corel Draw... Xo)
    – Rafael
    Commented Jan 24, 2019 at 15:53

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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.
    – user120647
    Commented May 8, 2018 at 13:21
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    @Daniello good point, I hadn't thought of that +1
    – Welz
    Commented May 8, 2018 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
    Commented May 8, 2018 at 13:28
  • I updated and feature I asked for has been added, seems like in CC2020 24.x - Use "Remove anchor point" tool (pen with a minus) and hold shift while removing by click on anchor points, it preserves curvature as much as it could, thank you btw for this answer, I kept using your method 'till now! XD
    – Roozbeh E
    Commented Aug 12, 2021 at 4:28

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

  • I updated and feature added seems like in CC2020 24.x - if you remove anchor points with "Remove anchor point" tool (pen with a minus) and hold shift while removing by click on anchor points it preserves curvature as much as it could, very similar in CorelDRAW! and thank you btw for this answer, I kept using your method 'till now! XD
    – Roozbeh E
    Commented Aug 12, 2021 at 4:23

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.

  • 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. Commented Jan 22, 2020 at 18:22
  • It works in CC2020 v23.4 which I got it now - Seems like other ones have trouble with this feature, but it has been added since 2020 and works well!
    – Roozbeh E
    Commented Aug 12, 2021 at 4:11
  • You need to select the Delete Anchor Point tool directly ("-" shortcut), it won't work if you try using the Pen Tool on top of an existing point (which temporarily switches to the Delete Anchor Point tool). Kinda misleading I know, but there you have it.
    – MaDDoX
    Commented May 10, 2023 at 0:58

I tried to find the way to do this in Illustrator without any success. My solution is I bought Affinity Designer which is very affordable and use ( Ctrl Alt Backspace ) to delete nodes/anchor points.


Here is my way to make complex curve smooth


  • I already compared one another software with AI, CorelDRAW as the post title says. I think it's not a good idea to try other software! I want a solution within AI!!!
    – Roozbeh E
    Commented Aug 12, 2021 at 4:13

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.

  • I think I will give it a try!
    – Roozbeh E
    Commented Apr 9, 2020 at 8:09
  • It is added since CC2020 v24.3 - I updated recently - Thanks for your answer!
    – Roozbeh E
    Commented Aug 12, 2021 at 4:18

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

  • the question is specific about doing it in Illustrator...
    – Luciano
    Commented Mar 20, 2020 at 11:11
  • The post is about a feature to be within AI!
    – Roozbeh E
    Commented Aug 12, 2021 at 4:16

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