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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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How do I return to the smart guide and anchor behaviour from Illustrator CC 2021?

I have recently moved from Adobe Illustrator CC 2021 to Adobe Illustrator CC 2023 and I can't help but notice that the behaviour of the programme has been significantly changed. Previously when I move ...
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(Photoshop) How do I convert point tool multiple anchor points at the same time?

How do I convert point tool multiple anchor points at the same time in Photoshop?
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create new shapes out of intersecting paths in Illustrator

I've used the pen tool to create a number of intersecting, irregular paths. I want to use the irregular shapes created by the intersection--to fill the space, for example, or to change the lines to ...
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In Illustrator, can you combine two paths at their shared anchor points, without having to select those points?

In Illustrator, if you have two paths where an anchor from each is aligned horizontally and vertically(so they are right on top of each other) you can select both anchors, and join them with the join ...
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Can we make a circle or any shape with the center at an anchor of another shape?

As the picture shows, I wish to add a circle, and align its center with the anchor point of this curve. I tried to snap a circle to it but it does not work. Thank you!
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Find corresponding points along a path

I'm working on a simple SVG animation: a rectangle with rounded corners. The SVG contains two paths, one with a smooth line and one with a zigzag line. The animation is a simple transition between the ...
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How to make a looped corner (like in FontLab) in Illustrator?

There's a feature in FontLab that allows you to turn a corner into "Looped corner": I'm looking for a way to do that in Illustrator. What I do now, is to add an anchor point besides an ...
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How to add a anchor point external to an object that is aligned to something internal to an object in adobe illustrator

I have a text field that I would like to rotate around a point 1 inch to the left of the text field, around a point that is aligned exactly to the vertical center of the text field. However, when I ...
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Anchor points were lost while copying and pasting glyphs from one TTF file to another using Font Forge

I am copying the glyph from a ttf file of the same emsize 1024 to another ttf file. I get an Anchor lost popup saying that at least one anchor point is lost while copying the glyph. How do I fix this? ...
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Multi select and delete anchor points on a vector shape - Illustrator CC

Im trying to select multiple anchor points to delete on this shape. But when I go to delete the anchor points the shape turns to below? Any speculation on why this would be happening? If I delete each ...
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Illustrator - Create straight line from multiple points

This is typically a problem I encounter when expanding and uniting a blend in Illustrator, but I can think of other times when this would be helpful. I've deleted the inside points and reconnected the ...
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Why is Adobe Illustrator not letting me position anchor points?

I'm using Adobe Illustrator 2020. I just can't make points align. Notice I don't want to merge the lines. I want to make an anchor point of one line match/align with the another point of another line. ...
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Adobe Illustrator merge anchors by distance to clean up vectors

is there a way to merge anchor based on a distance? Blender has a mesh clean up command that allows it to eliminate points that have a small distance between them. Does Illustrator have something ...
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Adding (or removing) a SINGLE bezier handle on an anchor point in Photoshop?

I know how to use the Convert Point tool to convert smooth points to corner points and vice versa, as shown below: I also know how to use the Convert Point tool to 'break' the handles, so they can be ...
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Trouble manipulating path ends in Photoshop

I can't understand why when I manipulate the handle on the last anchor point of my path, it does not affect the curve of the path segment, whereas if I manipulate the handle on the first anchor point, ...
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Anchor point of path created on pen tool doesn't show in Photoshop

I’m having an issue with using the Pen tool in Photoshop and I’m wondering if you can help me out? When I’m using the Pen tool to create a path around an object the anchor points are not visible…until ...
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Illustrator: how to extend a point selection to the full stroke?

Is there a way to extend a point selection to its stroke ? I want to: select a point (magic shortcut ?) have the whole stroke selected Thanks !
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Join anchor points from different paths [duplicate]

Is it possible to Join Anchor points "A" and "B" from following figure in Illustrator ? Its for one of my swan drawing and I want to continue the path to make wing for swan. I have ...
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Anchor Point Moving Too Far After Direct Selection in Illustrator

There seems to be some kind of glitch going on here, or maybe I need to reset my settings. When I use the direct selection tool to select the anchor point of a shape, and then press right or left only ...
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How to drag opposite direction points of an anchor point simultaneously in photoshop cc?

I have an anchor point B selected on a shape created with pen tool as shown in the image Given that 2*AB = BC. Now, whatever pen tool I use to drag C or A, it only changes BC or AB, not both of them. ...
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Illustrator diagonal lines into straight lines

I have these diagonal lines in my artboard which I want to make vertical lines. The horizonal lines are easy to make vertical but how can I make the diagonal lines also vertical? I tried several ...
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Is it possible to convert a corner directly to a cusp in Illustrator?

In Inkscape, I can convert a corner node directly to a cusp (turning the lines on each side into bezier curves with the curve handles on the node being asymmetrical.) when you do this, Inkscape ...
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How to add a handle to a node in Illustrator - without deforming the shape of the other end?

Is there any way for to add an additional handle to an anchor that has one already, without interfering with the current position of the existing handle? If you draw a circle in illustrator, you can ...
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Adding anchor points offset from intersections automatically in Illustrator

I'm a stained glass artist using Illustrator to create patterns and cutting templates. I'm always looking for ways to simplify and automate things. My designs are ultimately just a series of paths ...
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Illustrator: Extra anchor points after divide 2 objects - unnecessary extra objects

Can anybody help me with the following problem, please? When I made a round object and put another round object on it they were perfectly fit together, but after I used Divide tool it gave extra ...
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Lost ability to move anchor points in Illustrator

I have been working on this project for almost a week, and have been moving single points just fine using the direct select tool. At first, I was struggling with how to select and move a single point. ...
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What is this shape, and how can I use it?

I am working from a clipart file I did not make, in Illustrator. I would like to "simplify" this shape - that is, remove the anchor points inside of it to only preserve the outline: I have ...
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How to find mid point of a path between two anchor points in Illustrator

I have a path in Illustrator, for example:- take a rectangle and I want to find the midpoint of one of the edges and draw a circle with the center. There is already an answer on how to find the ...
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All my shape fills modified by anchor point tools have broken fill color (Check Image pls) [duplicate]

All the shapes in every .ai file that I have created now appear distorted around the edges where I have used the anchor point tool . Please check the image around the characters neck and the curves ...
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How do I marquee select anchor points that are surrounded by objects in Adobe Illustrator CC?

Is it possible to select multiple anchor points in one spot by pulling a direct selection marquee over an intersection point and select all the anchor points in that spot when the spot is surrounded ...
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how to get rid of unnecessary anchor points?

I have applied pathfinder-minus front and that produces plethora of anchor points. Is there any way to get rid of these without using plugins?
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How to change the size and/or color of intersection points in Illustrator?

Is there any way to make these blue dots smaller or lighter? Its not anchor point. They are intersections between grid lines... Checked the preference but don't know where to look or what to change.
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Advantages of having fewer paths and anchor points in Illustrator

I really enjoy the "Smarter" Simplify Paths tool in Adobe CC Illustrator 2020. I was wondering what are overall the advantages of having objects with fewer paths and anchor points at the end of the ...
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Tool to snap point to point in Adobe Illustrator?

Wondering if this exists in Illustrator. A tool that allows you to select an anchor point of an object and snap/move it on-top of another point. I cant think of how to do this and there doesn't seem ...
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Illustrator Path Won't Cut

A path I created by converting a guide to a path will not open. Tried the eraser tool, the cut path option in the anchor menu to no avail. When the path is only 2 nodes long a random non-selectable ...
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Way to create circles in specific location in Illustrator or Indesign?

I have 167 coordinate points (origin is the left lower corner of a sheet) in which I need to place a circle, the center of it. Is there any way to create those circles (15 mm diamater) automatically ...
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making an action for join and smooth anchors in illustrator

Very commonly I need to join separate anchor points and convert to smooth whit these buttons. I wanted to speed up the process so I tried making an action for it so that I could just assign it to a ...
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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 willing to learn more about design stuff. I've been trying to create a logo for a project and I am stuck trying to use curved lines. When moving anchors points, I'm having ...
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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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How to add an anchor point/node 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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