I've been trying to find tutorials to help me understand direction handles in relation to corner points. The screenshot below shows a corner point and direction handle but it is only on one side? I was following a tutorial of tracing this image and in the video I could see two direction handles on this corner point but for some reason mine only has only has one direction handle.

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  • Yeah this happens when you continue a line when you jus click and dont make a tangent for the other line.
    – joojaa
    Commented Apr 11, 2020 at 6:45

2 Answers 2


Do it like this instead.

  1. When you get to a corner anchor, click and drag out the curve handle, do not release the mouse click

  2. Then, hold down Alt / Option

  3. Drag to position the second handle in the direction you want to continue, release both the mouse click and Alt / Option key, and carry on

  4. With the Direct Selection tool A click on the corner anchor point. You should see both handles

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You can get both handles back with the Anchor point tool Shift +C

Just click on the point and drag

This tool can also move each handle independently

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