Converting points

Sometimes you may want to change a curve to a corner point or vice versa. Using the convert point tool, you can easily make the adjustment.

Using the convert point tool is very much like drawing with the pen tool. To convert a curve to a corner point, you click the anchor point, and to convert a corner to a curve, you drag from the anchor point.

1 In the Paths palette, select the Convert Directions path.

The shaped path has both corner points and curves. You'll start by converting the corner points to curves, and then you'll convert the curves to corner points.

2 Using the direct selection tool (>), select the outer subpath.

3 Select the convert point tool (i ), hidden under the delete-anchor-point tool (ir).

4 Position the pointer on a point of the outer path; then click and drag clockwise to convert the point from a corner point to a curve.

6 Using the convert point tool (I ), click the inner subpath to select it and then click the anchor point at the tips of each curve to convert the curves to corner points.

You can also use the convert point tool to adjust only one side of a curved segment. You'll try this on the outer path.

7 Click the outer path with the direct selection tool (>); then click a curved segment so that direction lines and direction points emanate from the anchor point.

8 Select the convert point tool (i ) again, and drag one of the direction points to change the shape of only one side of the curve.

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