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Tip #895: Add a Curve to a Line

Larry Jordan – LarryJordan.com

Curve control points are added by Option-clicking any line.

The cyan line was drawn by the Pen tools, the squiggle by the Paint Brush. Both were modified into curves using Edit Points.

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Whether you draw a line with the Paint Brush or the Pen tool, once you’ve drawn the line, you can still make changes to it. Here’s how.

  • After you’ve drawn a line using either the Paint Brush or Pen tools, select the Edit Points tool.

NOTE: This is in the same menu as the Arrow (Select) tool.

  • Select the line you want to adjust in the Layers panel.
  • Then, Option-click with the Edit Points tool on the line where you want to add a curve and drag.

A curve is added.

EXTRA CREDIT

  • Drag the white Bezier control dots to change the shape of the curve.
  • Get different curve results by pressing Shift, Control, Option or Command while dragging a control dot.

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