Is there a way in Adobe Illustrator to delete all the Bezier curve handles at once from a path?

I created a pattern brush which consists just of a geometric path (without any bezier curve, just straight lines). After I used that pattern brush on a circle, Illustrator created bezier curves to fit the pattern around the circle. I would like to get rid just of the bezier handles all at once, so it leaves me with the path around the circle with just straight lines again.

I can and will of course do it by hand, but I wonder if there is a way to automate that "clean up" process and get rid of all of them at once?

3 Answers 3

  • Select all points with the Direct Selection Tool, the white pointer

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  • Menu Object > Path > Simplify

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To remove handles:

  • Select the half of the points making a frame with the Direct Selection Tool
  • On the top options, click first the Convert selected anchor points to smooth button, the green arrow on the image.
  • On the top options, click the Convert selected anchor points to corner button, the red arrow on the image.

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  • Do the same with the other half
  • This works if the brush didnt add more points which it tends to do!
    – joojaa
    Commented May 15, 2018 at 10:33
  • @joojaa You are right, i fixed the answer
    – user120647
    Commented May 15, 2018 at 10:39
  • if yoi check straight lines it fixes all if you raise the ange a bit.
    – joojaa
    Commented May 15, 2018 at 10:44

Not asked, but obviously you need a big star with quite small radius difference. Use the star tool for it.

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    Yeah but it seems to me that this is probably just a proxy for what OP wants to do ;)
    – joojaa
    Commented May 15, 2018 at 10:53

Don't use a brush here.

  • Draw a circle
  • Choose Effect > Distort & Transform > Zig Zag and adjust settings to your liking
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    Under the "Points" area, be certain Corner is selected. Then click OKAY.
  • If you then need access to the anchors for the zig zag, choose Object > Expand Appearance otherwise you can go back and edit the zig zag whenever needed by clicking the item in the Appearance Panel.

You are left with the zig zag and corner anchor points, no curves.

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