Moving and adjusting paths

You use the direct selection tool to select and adjust an anchor point, a path segment, or an entire path.

1 Select the direct selection tool CO hidden under the path selection tool ( 0 in the toolbox.

To select the direct selection tool by using a keyboard shortcut, press A. Also, when the pen tool is active you can temporarily switch to the direct selection tool by holding down Ctrl (Windows) or Command (Mac OS).

2 Click the A-B path in the window to select it, and then move the path by dragging anywhere on the path using the direct selection tool.

Selecting a path Moving a path

3 To adjust the slope or length of the path, drag one of the anchor points with the direct selection tool.

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Adjusting the path length

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Adjusting the path angle

Adjusting the path length

5 To begin the next path, hold the pointer over point C so that an x appears in the pen tool pointer to indicate that clicking will start a new path; then click point C.

6 Click point D to draw a path between the two points.

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7 End the path using either of the following methods:

• Click the pen tool in the toolbox.

• Hold down Ctrl (Windows) or Command (Mac OS) to temporarily switch to the direct selection tool, and then click away from the path.

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