How do I reduce a path in Illustrator?

How do you manipulate paths in Illustrator?

Select the Direct Selection tool and click a path to see its anchor points. Click a point to select it. Shift-click to add or remove points from the selection, or drag across anchor points to select them. You can add points to a selected path by clicking the path with the Pen tool selected.

How do you reshape a path in Illustrator?

With the Reshape tool selected, move your cursor over the anchor point that you want to adjust, and click on it. Depending on your needs, you can also click on a path segment, or press Shift+click to add more segments to your selection.

How do I use the shaper tool in Illustrator?

Using the Shaper tool (drawing shapes)

  1. In Illustrator, from the Toolbox, click the Shaper tool (Shift+N).
  2. In the document, draw a shape. For example, draw a rough representation of a rectangle, circle, ellipse, or triangle or other polygon.
  3. The shape you draw is converted into a crisp geometric shape.

How do you explode a path in Illustrator?

Click in the middle of the straight line to make a break in the path. Two new endpoints will appear on the original path. Alternately, click on the anchor point of the path you want to split. Select “Cut Path At Select Anchor Points” from the Control panel.

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How do I smooth a path in Illustrator?

Using the Smooth Tool

  1. Scribble or draw a rough path with the paintbrush or pencil.
  2. Keep the path selected and select the smooth tool.
  3. Click then drag the smooth tool across your selected path.
  4. Repeat the steps until you get the result you want.

How do I simplify an image in Illustrator?

Simplify the path automatically

  1. Select the object or a specific path region.
  2. Choose Object > Path > Simplify.