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Redefine control handles for a point on a path

  1. In the Toolbox, click Direct Selection.

  2. Select the path containing the point (or vertex) that you wish to modify.

  3. While holding ALT, click on a node when the cursor looks like one of the following cursors, and then drag away from the node to redefine the control handles.

    Cursor

    What it does

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    Convert point cursor

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

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    Convert segment cursor

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

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    Convert tangent cursor

    Adjust the selected tangent independently of the other side

    Alternatively, you can click a node or a segment of a path to make the tangent handles appear, and then click and drag one of the tangent endpoints when the cursor changes to the move tangent cursor Cc294818.716ef857-03a9-4225-b301-e23ab4a27efa(en-us,Expression.10).png.

    For more cursor descriptions, see Pen and direct selection usage.

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