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This is going to be tough to explain but gonna try... Basically i draw a square with 4 anchor points. now i want to move one of the anchor points out somewhere, this is where im having problems on how to do this because it seems like sometimes it works, continued...

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    Default Moving anchor points vs. entire object?

    This is going to be tough to explain but gonna try...

    Basically i draw a square with 4 anchor points. now i want to move one of the anchor points out somewhere, this is where im having problems on how to do this because it seems like sometimes it works, sometimes it doesnt. I choose the Direct Selection Tool, click an anchor point, hold shift, then drag. Sometimes it will drag the single point out but sometimes it also drags the entire square. I cant figure out what im doing makes it do one or the other

    also if i get it to drag the single point, the instant i let go the whole square disappears...why is this? Im totally confused!!
    lark1000@adobeforums.com Guest

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    Default Re: Moving anchor points vs. entire object?

    This is a common problem that many new users have, so don't worry. It really impacts ex-CorelDRAW users as CorelDRAW is MUCH easier with anchor point editing than AI.

    The problem is that the anchor points are very small and hard to see on high resolution screens. Basically, after you draw the shape, the anchor points are selected. So if you immediately grab one with the Direct Selection tool and drag it, it will drag ALL anchor points that are selected...therefore the entire path. If you click off the path to deselect it, then go back and select an anchor point, that might be the easiest thing for you. Or, you can press Q to drag around the anchor points you want, then press A to move them. There are many different methods.

    Turning on Smart Guides might help you (Ctrl+U) which allows you to hover over a path with the Direct Selection tool and see where your anchor points are when you're over them. Otherwise, you have to carefully hover and wait until the hollow square appears next to the cursor.

    Also, make sure you have "Show Edges" enabled (Ctrl+H). This also confuses a lot of people.

    Not sure about your last sentence...unless your path has no stroke color applied. This will cause it to display while you're editing it, but then "disappear" when you are finished and it is deselected. Is this what is happening? If so, simply hit the "d" key while editing the path and it will automatically set it to the default attributes (white fill and black stroke color)...you should then be able to see it.
    Eric_Schwartz@adobeforums.com Guest

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