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Questions tagged [anchor-point]

Anchor points are points on a vector path that allow a change of direction. Each anchor point has control handles that allow you to control how tightly or loosely you can bend the curve at each of them. Ask questions related to creating or manipulating anchor points.

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Creating an Anchor Point between two paths at their intersection

I'm sorry if this question has already been asked; I did check, but couldn't find anything that would give me a solid answer. My question, specifically, is if it's possible having an Anchor Point ...
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Shape Builder Tool; Don't create extra anchor points

Is there a way to cut a shape using the Shape Builder Tool without it affecting the shape that is not supposed to be cut: E.g. when I use an ellipse in order to cut a rectangle, I also get extra ...
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Is there a way to manually set DX and DY when moving anchor points?

I'm a Software Engineer whiling to learn more about design stuff. I've been trying to create a logo for a project and I stuck trying to use curved lines. When moving anchors points, I'm having trouble ...
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Bezier curve handle control in Illustrator

In Illustrator, on a curve anchor point, sometimes rotating 1 handle also rotates the other, keeping them in a straight line. But sometimes 1 handle moves but not the other. Why? Can I can a setting ...
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How do I change the starting point of a closed path

I made some shapes that I later made into just paths. I want to change the type of stroke it has by applying a brush to it but the path is starting off at an undesired anchor point. How can I change ...
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too many anchor points + overlapping lines. Laser cut exporting

I'm having a nightmare trying to figure out the solution to some problems with my illustrator PDF files that are to be imported later to be laser cut in Corel Draw X8 64 (bit) program. My issues are ...
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Select multiple anchor points in Illustrator

I am watching this tutorial but I can't figure out how to select multiple anchor points and move them around.
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Is there a way to position anchors handles length precisely by text input? [duplicate]

I thought there was a way to edit anchors handles precisely in Illustrator a bit like in Cinema 4D (pictured below) but I can't find it. And when I browse Adobe's help, it seems to be something that ...
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Indesign resize multiple anchor object at once in

I have a document with 350 anchored objects. I want to increase the scale of each by 20%. How do I do this?
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Open points from separate paths won't join

I'm trying to join these separate paths so that the black outline is seamless. For some reason the open endpoints between two points won't join with the Join command. I have tried the Divide tool on ...
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Illustrator CS6 Joining anchor points

I am having problems joining both lines together that I created through cutting a circle. No matter how I moved it, it doesn't exactly line up. When I view it in outline, it doesn't line up as well. I ...
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How do I fix the pen tool from jumping from its anchor in Illustrator?

In Illustrator, for whatever reason, when I try and draw a straight line with the pen tool it jumps from where it is anchored. It seems as though it's even on the same pixel, but it's not anchored ...
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Sketch App - How to move 2 parallel anchor points?

I would like to move each group of anchor points here either inwards or outwards opposite to each other. How can I achieve that?
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How to add an anchor point in Figma?

How do I add an anchor point to an existing vector shape in Figma? Is this possible, like in sketch? Is there a keyboard shortcut?
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How can I find the intersection of two line segments that do not currently meet in Adobe Illustrator?

I have two line segments in an Adobe Illustrator file, line A and line B. I would like to find point C, the point where if line A were to continue down along its path and line B were to continue to ...
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How to specify the start & end position of a Linear Gradient?

In Adobe Illustrator CC 2015 I can move a linear gradient as required with help of Gradient Annotator. But I don't see how to specify exact positions. Even more, Gradient Annotator doesn't snaps to ...
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How to prevent anchor points from moving automatically? [duplicate]

I am trying to do isometric pixel art on Illustrator. To this end, I am using a hex grid to draw simple cubes using the pen tool (as described in this tutorial). However, the anchor points tend to ...
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Why do the ending anchor points appear disconnected after I apply a brush to a single stroke in Illustrator? [duplicate]

I would like to know a solution or workaround to avoid having the stroke appear disconnected after applying a brushstroke. Please see before and after applying a brush to stroke. I have already tried ...
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Illustrator - How to change the color of the line between two anchor points

How can I change the color of the (anchor handle and path) lines that illustrator shows between two points? Example: In my case, the line is black and it's impossible to see if I'm working with a ...
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How to select a single anchor point on a frame in InDesign?

I'm having trouble selecting single anchor points in InDesign. When I click a frame's anchor point with the direct selection tool (white arrow), it selects all of the frame's points. To get a single ...
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Trying to add two handles to an anchor point,but only one will appear, help! (Vectorizing lettering)

I am trying to learn and use the horizontal/vertical only method of vectorizing type using the pen tool in Illustrator. I am following this tutorial here. When going from anchor point to anchor point,...
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how to merge an end anchor point with a path [duplicate]

I tried to unit and join the end anchor point with the path shown in the picture but I either get the paths interlocked or part of the drawing just disappear.
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How can I drag 2 points inverted in Sketch?

I want to take 2 points of the object I'm creating in vector mode and drag them in an inverted fashion, so the distance from the center to the 2 points stays the same. This would allow me to create ...
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Illustrator - Move anchor points while preserving angle

I want to move an anchor point along its current path - I mean moving anchor points keeping their current angle. Look at this picture: According to above picture, let's say we want to move anchor ...
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Anchoring multiple objects in InDesign?

I have several images anchored in my text flow, and I'd like to annotate these images with some arrows. The problem is that the drawing tools (line, pencil, etc) not anchor to the image. So when the ...
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Illustrator align anchor points to edges in Illustrator on same line

How can I align anchor points that are on the same line to be the same distance from their respective corners? So if I had a horizontal line that was 20pt long and I had and anchor point 2pts in from ...
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Sketch: scaling relative to reference point

How can I scale and/or transform objects relative to a reference point similar to the way Illustrator works? Is there a similar feature in Sketch?
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How to select more than one point on a path?

I used the brush tool to draw a hand. I now want to resize the little finger: I can see the individual points if I select the path: When I click on a point with Direct Selection tool I can edit that ...
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Illustrator: how to add segment to a closed path

I created a rectangle by pointing and clicking 4 anchor points. My question is, is there a way to connect two already existing anchor points to create a diagonal segment? I am trying hard with the pen ...
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Continue working from an anchor point

I am trying to figure out, how I can continue drawing from an anchor point on a line on Adobe Illustrator.
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Sketch: Cog with rounded corners

I am new to Sketch and have been using Illustrator before. Now I made a cog in sketch, however I don't want it to have hard edges, but rather rounded ones. Here is how I made my cog in Sketch: Now ...
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Illustrator - Select an anchor point that is directly beneath another anchor point on the same path?

Because these anchor points are on the same path, I cannot separate into different layers then lock one. Even at full zoom, I cannot discern one point from the other and so only the "top" point gets ...
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Illustrator acts weird

I am having a bit of trouble of Illustrator, I do not know if things that are happening are caused by me checking an option or anything else. So look at this image: All of anchor points of ...
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How to reach / create direction points if they are close to anchor point in Illustrator?

I have sharp angle and wish to start to move control points I dont see any direction points there. Either they are coincide with anchor point or they are very close to it. Hot to start moving ...
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Trying to make a shirt design with 4000 max anchor points, but “Simplify” option is disabled

I'm new here, so excuse me for the noob questions. I'm trying to make a shirt design like this shirt: It has to be SVG, using 2 different layers for each color (white and pink), and the max amount ...
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Illustrator: I need a script that manages paths based on maximum caliper diameter

I'm not that familiar with AI scripting, but I think what I'm looking for is simple. I need a script that can examine a path and find the two most distant anchor points. Then create an axis between ...
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Joining Paths Without Endpoints Workaround

I'm new to illustrator and having difficulty mastering some fundamentals. Recently, while trying to create a cartoonish "neon tubing" look, I.. Used a round brush to draw some letters (black fill, ...
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Is there away to… ahem… “flip convexity” in AI?

For example: If I create a rounded rectangle and spend a few minutes adjusting the "roundness" of the corners, till I get it the way I want... Is there a way to turn these corners from convex to ...
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How do you combine two paths into one, or is there a better way to draw this shape?

So to draw this crystal I used the pen tool for the outline and used line segments for the inside lines. Then I joined all the line segment anchors. I was left with two paths: the outline, and the ...
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How to make Illustrator bezier handles easier to click?

My current work monitor has 4K resolution. It's great for design, however it has been hard do click on Illustrator bezier handle point anchors. Is it possible to make those points bigger and the ...
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Illustrator join anchor points separate paths

I have three objects/paths with a fill and a border. Why are the end points of the border not consistent with the angles despite the path in outline mode showing the anchors are 'snapped' together? ...
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Sketch - Joining two separate paths

How do I connect point A to point Z? Currently, when I select Anchor point A, it tries to connect point A & B (as you can see in image 2).
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Why do some anchor points have handles, and others have not? [closed]

I'm new to Illustrator and I've come to a situation in which, strangely, some of my anchor points have handles, but others, instead of handles, they have a little ball that allow me to "smoothen" the ...
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Direct select multiple points on multiple layers in Sketch 3

I know how to direct select multiple points on a single layer, however how do you direct select multiple points comprised of multiple layers?
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Is there a way in Adobe Illustrator to import a path from a list of points?

I want to be able to take a list of point coordinates created by a script and import them as a path. The list would be just be a text document with the coordinates separated by line breaks. Is there a ...
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Direct select multiple anchor points in Sketch 3

What is the most efficient way to select multiple anchor points in Sketch 3? I'm an Ai user and I want to instinctively toggle between the direct selection and pen tools and just click and drag - can ...
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Problem aligning overlapping corner points in Illustrator

I am drawing some overlapping paths in Illustrator. However, some anchor points of different paths do not align correctly, they create some rugged corners. I tried to manually adjust the points with ...
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How to place an anchor point exactly between two others in Photoshop CC?

In such a situation, how can you center the middle point?
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Adobe Illustrator CC Merge touching Anchor points

I have a vector file containing scribbles, where the lines don't consist of several anchor points but every segment is an own line by itself. I need to connect these separate little lines to form ...
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How to add points to an approximated spline in xfig?

I want to add points to an approximated spline in Xfig (Anyone familiar with Xfig?). However, no matter where I click, I don't seem to be able to do that. I'm able to add points using the "add points" ...