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Change the shape of a curve

You can change the points and segments of a path object during and after you create it. For a quick reference of modifications that you can make to a path, see Pen and direct selection usage.

  1. In the Toolbox, click Direct Selection Cc294690.6dd6571f-c116-451d-8dd2-1f88b8406362(en-us,Expression.10).png.

  2. Do one of the following:

    • Click a node on either side of the curve that you want to modify (your cursor will change to Cc294690.14507e5f-b77f-4d40-ab45-d53e03f795bd(en-us,Expression.10).png), and then drag the node or drag the control handles to alter the tangent of the curve (your cursor will change to Cc294690.716ef857-03a9-4225-b301-e23ab4a27efa(en-us,Expression.10).png).

    • Click a curve segment on either side of the curve that you want to modify (your cursor will change to Cc294690.26bb0784-c6fd-4927-b15a-54c1d8477e44(en-us,Expression.10).png), and then drag the curve segment or drag the control handles to alter the tangent of the curve (your cursor will change to Cc294690.716ef857-03a9-4225-b301-e23ab4a27efa(en-us,Expression.10).png).

    Cc294690.alert_tip(en-us,Expression.10).gifTip:

    Generally, when you drag one control handle, its opposite will adjust as well to give you a smooth, unified curve. However, this link can be broken by holding ALT while you drag the control handle to adjust each control handle separately. For more information about adjusting control handles, see Redefine control handles for a point on a path.

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