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I want to know if you can change the handle bars on a point that is already in an enclosed path (so you can move each bar to different angles instead of them being in just a straight line), or do you have to do this in the first place by holding down the Alt key....

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    Default Changing anchor point on existing path in Illustrator

    I want to know if you can change the handle bars on a point that is already in an enclosed path (so you can move each bar to different angles instead of them being in just a straight line), or do you have to do this in the first place by holding down the Alt key.
    Rachael_Kinghorn@adobeforums.com Guest

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    Default Re: Changing anchor point on existing path in Illustrator

    Rachael,

    I don't know what you mean by "first place". To get the handles in and out of a point between two straight paths, you use the Convert Anchor Point tool and drag. You WILL get both sides (if path runs each side of point), but they WILL be 180 to your drag (straight line). Now if you wish to just move one handle without the other moving, this is where you use the Direct Selection tool with the ALT key held down. Only the handle you grab will move to your swing and drag. If you hold down ALT key when using the Convert Anchor Point tool you'll duplicate the original path while creating the bezier handles at that point.

    Bob
    BobHill@adobeforums.com Guest

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    Default Re: Changing anchor point on existing path in Illustrator



    ...If you hold down ALT key when using the Convert Anchor Point tool you'll
    duplicate the original path while creating the bezier handles at that
    point.




    Good reminder. I'd add that you probably will want to release Alt/Option BEFORE releasing the mouse button.
    Scott_Falkner@adobeforums.com Guest

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    Default Re: Changing anchor point on existing path in Illustrator

    Thanks guys, I forgot about the Convert Anchor Point tool, should have looked under the pen :)
    Rachael_Kinghorn@adobeforums.com Guest

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    Default Re: Changing anchor point on existing path in Illustrator

    You are welcome, Rachael.

    Bob
    BobHill@adobeforums.com Guest

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