Pen tool modifier keys in Blend

 

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The following table lists shortcuts that you can use to modify a path while you are creating it with the Pen tool Description. You can also use the Pen tool to add or remove points on an existing path, or to join two existing paths.

To do this actionDo thisPointer
Create a point to start a straight line segmentClick to create the new pointDescription

Pen pointer
Create a point to start a curved line segmentClick to create the new point, and then drag to adjust the tangent handles before releasing the mouse buttonDescription

Pen pointer
Adjust the last tangent without the smooth constraint, allowing you to make a sharp cornerClick to create the new point, and then press ALT before releasing the mouse buttonDescription

Pen adjust pointer
Split the last tangent so that the tangent end points operate independently, allowing you to make a sharp cornerClick to create the new point, and then hold down ALT and drag before releasing the mouse buttonDescription

Pen adjust pointer
Move the tangent end point around the new point in 15-degree incrementsClick to create the new point, and then hold down SHIFT+ALT and drag before releasing the mouse buttonDescription

Pen adjust pointer
Reduce the tangent at an end point to zero lengthClick the end pointDescription

Pen adjust pointer
Add a new point to an existing pathClick the path at the location where you want the new pointDescription

Pen insert pointer
Remove a point from a pathHover over an existing point and clickDescription

Pen delete pointer
Close a path with a sharp cornerClick the start pointDescription

Pen close pointer
Close a path with a smooth curve at the cornerClick the start point and drag to modify the tangent handle before releasing the mouse buttonDescription

Pen close pointer
Create a sharp corner when joining two pathsSelect two paths, click the Pen tool, click an end point of one of the paths, and then click an end point of the other pathDescription

Pen join pointer
Create a smooth corner when joining two pathsSelect two paths, click the Pen tool, click an end point of one of the paths, and then drag an end point of the other pathDescription

Pen join pointer
Create a new pathHold down CTRL and click outside the previous path to stop adding points to the previous path, and then click or drag where you want the new path to beginDescription

Pen start pointer

Keyboard shortcuts and modifier keys
Artboard modifier keys
Direct Selection tool modifier keys
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