I'm looking for a way to remove multiple anchor points from path, but keppeing path intact. Now i select multiple points with lasso tool, then hit delete, then select 2 new end points and join them. but i'm looking for tool like (-) that deletes points but i don't need to rejoin it.

  • Hi Lesha, welcome to GDSE. I'm a bit confused by your question.. You named the tool and the shortcut to the tool in your question.. What are you having trouble with? – Cai Apr 22 '16 at 10:59
  • ...are you looking for a way to delete multiple points at the same time? Unlike the delete anchor point tool that only deletes one at at time? – Cai Apr 22 '16 at 11:06
  • yes, i select like 200 points with lasso tool and i need to remove them so other point on path stay connected – Lesha Apr 22 '16 at 11:15
  • but if i delete these points and then join them by ctrl+j i get the same result every time – Lesha Apr 22 '16 at 11:42
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    Have you tried the Object > Path > Simplify tool? Not exactly what you're looking for in this question, but it might do the trick. – Alex Apr 22 '16 at 12:12

Yes there is a tool. it called VectorScribe from astute graphics and you can download a trial version from their site.

This tool have "the missing tools" that should be included in Illustrator. it have a tons of useful tools, but what I am thinking you are looking for is a tools called "Smart Remove Brush Tool"

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As you can see from the animated GIF above it is just like the simplify tool in Illustrator but it is controlled visually and locally with a brush, not like the global fix effect as simplify tool in Illustrator.


Yes. Select the anchors you want to delete....

... hit the Remove Selected Anchor Points button on the control bar...

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This will remove all of the selected anchor point with a single click and not break any path they are on. It may cause curves to be adjusted depending upon what type of anchor points you remove (smooth/corner).


Select Anchor Points

Object - Path - Remove Anchor Points

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    Can you please add an screenshot showing the menu one has to select? It's easier to find it then ... – Mensch Jun 28 '19 at 6:55

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