enter image description here

Is it possible in Adobe Illustrator to straighten up this track removing the zigzag?

I want to create a line, or a curve, depending on the original.


Yes, you can use Object → Path → Simplify.

There you can control how straight etc. you want it.

If you want only a straight line, select Straight Lines

Simplify Modal
▲ Red is before, Blue is result.

  • 1
    Good answer, but for the sake of completeness might be good to see an example showing a curved zigzag simplified. – Billy Kerr Nov 10 '19 at 14:13
  • @BillyKerr so interesting! My results look nothing like yours when I tried making curved. – WELZ Nov 13 '19 at 2:19
  • Interesting. I experimented a little and found that I get different results when I try it with pixel snapping on versus off, and different results depending on the size of the initial path. A smaller path results in more smoothing. – Billy Kerr Nov 13 '19 at 7:21

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

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