Home > Illustrator > Illustrator: Path Segment Redraw

Illustrator: Path Segment Redraw

Screen Shot 2014-06-10 at 4.29.44 PMIt’s the little things that matter. For Illustrator 17.1, the path segment redraw function has been enhanced.

  • Use the Anchor Point Tool (shift+c) to select a line segment segment, and drag. The path will redraw based on where you drag the segment with your mouse.
  • Add Shift to constrain the redraw so that the Bezier handles on both sides are the same length and parallell to each other.
  • For a line segment that’s already curved, you can use the Direct Select Tool (white arrow tool)

In previous versions of Illustrator, the path segment redraw is constrained by the segment’s bezier curves. While the length of the handles change as you drag, the angle doesn’t. You can also drag straight lines and convert them into curved lines, which isn’t possible with previous versions.

Advertisements
  1. J Petersen
    2014/07/29 at 9:10 pm

    You state:

    “In previous versions of Illustrator, the path segment redraw is constrained by the segment’s bezier curves. While the length of the handles change as you drag, the angle doesn’t.”

    How am I able to get the path segment to work like this, like it did in older versions?

    • Canvai
      2014/07/30 at 12:22 am

      Don’t think you can, at least, I haven’t found a way. The way I would do it is to just click as close to the middle of the path segment as I can, and eye ball it to keep the angle the same.
      Alternatively, you can select the path segment (not the whole path), then switch over to the scale tool, and scale that segment up and down. this should change the length of the bezier handles, but keep the angles the same.
      Hope that helps! If anyone know any better way, please let us know!

  1. No trackbacks yet.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: