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Pen and direct selection usage

Expression Studio 2.0

Path objects create very versatile shapes because they are defined by points and tangents, which you can modify when you draw the path or after you complete the path. You can also join paths and add or remove points.

The following table describes how to modify a path when you are creating the path with the Pen Cc294807.d514358f-185a-412f-a55d-36633b25dc8a(en-us,Expression.10).png tool. You can also use the Pen tool to add or remove points on a path, or join two paths.

Pointer

What it does

How to activate

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Pen pointer

Adjust last tangent without the smooth constraint, allowing you to make a sharp corner

Click + hold ALT

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Pen pointer

Aligns the new point horizontally, vertically, or diagonally based on the closest plane of the clicked point

Click + hold SHIFT+ALT

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Pen insert pointer

Adds a new point at location of click

Click

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Pen adjust pointer

Click the selected endpoint to reduce the last tangent to zero length

Hover over an endpoint and click

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Pen adjust pointer

Use when you modify a tangent

Click and drag

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Pen delete pointer

Removes a point at the location where a point is clicked

Hover over an existing point and then click

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Pen close pointer

Click the nonactive start or endpoint to close a path with a sharp corner

With a start point or endpoint active, hover over the nonactive start point or endpoint and then click

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Pen close pointer

Close a path with a smooth point

Click and drag

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Pen extend pointer

Indicates that the pointer is over an endpoint or start point and can be extended at the next click

Hover over a start point or endpoint

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Pen join pointer

Creates a sharp corner on click when two paths are joined

Select two paths, click the Pen tool, hover over an open point of one of the paths and when the Pen extend pointer appears, click the point. Hover over an open point on the other path to see the Pen join pointer, and then click the point to join the two paths sharply.

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Pen join pointer

Creates a smooth corner on click and drag when two paths are joined

Select two paths, click the Pen tool, hover over an open point of one of the paths and when the Pen extend pointer appears, click the point. Hover over an open point on the other path to see the Pen join pointer, click the point, and then drag before letting go of the mouse click to join the two paths smoothly.

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Pen start pointer

Create a new path

Click

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Pen start pointer

Creates a tangent to start a curve

Click and drag

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Pen tangent pointer

Indicates that a tangent is being dragged

With the Pen extend pointer showing, press and hold the mouse down on an open point

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The following table describes how to use the Direct Selection Cc294807.6dd6571f-c116-451d-8dd2-1f88b8406362(en-us,Expression.10).png tool to modify the shape of an existing path object.

Pointer

What it does

How to activate

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Move point pointer

Makes tangent handles appear for a point on a path

Click a point on a path

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Move point pointer

Moves a point on a path

Click and drag a point on a path

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Move segment pointer

Makes tangent handles appear for a segment between two points on a path

Click a segment of a path

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Move segment pointer

Moves a segment between two points on a path

Click and drag a segment of a path

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Move tangent pointer

Changes the angle of a tangent for a point on a path

Click a point or a segment of a path to make the tangent handles appear, and then click and drag one of the tangent endpoints

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Convert pointer

Moves you into tangent-editing mode

Press ALT

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Convert point pointer

Makes a point into a sharp corner or reduces the tangent to zero

Press ALT when you hover over a point and then click

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Convert point pointer

Makes any sharp corner smooth (if already smooth, changes the angle of the curve as it passes through the clicked point)

Press ALT when you hover over a point and then click and drag

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Convert segment pointer

Changes a curve segment into a straight line

Press ALT when you hover over a segment in a path and then click

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Convert segment pointer

Takes a segment and bends it into a curve to pass through the mouse position

Press ALT when you hover over a segment in a path and then click and drag

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Convert tangent pointer

Adjust the selected tangent independently of the other side

Direct select a point or a segment, press ALT, hover over a tangent point in a path, and then click and drag

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