One of the basic concepts that make Illustrator such a priceless program for designers is its use of paths and anchor points. Graphic designers like having the control over objects and images that paths and anchor points give them. If you want to make your designs look better and more professional, it’s important to understand how anchor points work in a path. You must learn how to select anchor points and manipulate them to work for you. To move anchor point Illustrator, check out these tips.
Anchor Point Basics
Before learning how to move anchor point Illustrator, you need to understand what a path is. A path is any line you draw in Illustrator with either the “Pen” tool, the “Pencil” tool or another drawing feature. Along the path, Illustrator has embedded different anchor points. When you click on a path, the default anchor points will appear. You can use these standard anchor points to help reshape or manipulate the line into a different direction or an arc. For some projects, it may be necessary to move the anchor point to another spot on the path.
Add or Delete the Anchor Point
In Illustrator, you can add new anchor points and delete the ones you don’t need anymore. First, select your path by clicking on it. Then, click on the “Pen” tool from the main toolbar and select “Add Anchor Point.” Move your cursor to the spot where you want the new anchor point to appear and click on it to make it happen. Then, you can go through your path and delete unnecessary anchor points. You’ll need to click on the unneeded anchor point and click on “Remove Selected Anchor Points” in the main toolbar.
Move the Anchor Point
You can also use the direct selection capabilities to move an anchor point from one position on the path to another spot. First, click on the anchor point that you want to move. Then, click and drag the point to another spot on the path to make the move. This is a good option for a move that places the point in a completely different spot. Sometimes, you may need to move the point just a little bit, and for that, you’ll need to use a more precise method. To do this, select the point by clicking on it. Then, using the arrow keys on your computer’s keyboard, carefully move the point very slightly to get it in the exact spot.
Mastering paths and anchor points can help you do more with your designs in Illustrator. To find out more helpful tips about objects, anchor points and paths, check out more of the guides from Shutterstock.