I see partial answers to this question online, but not a full answer. I'm sure it's been addressed before, but I cannot find the thread to save me. The ANCHOR POINT TOOL allows us to move one control handle at a time independently, I think I use to remember how to get one side, or one handle to tuck back into the anchor point, completely hidden in a snapping manner. Currently if I use the anchor point tool to move one handle point back into the little square I'm eye balling it back to 0,0 and I'm guessing there is a hot key or additional key to hold down with the anchor point tool to get it to quantize snap and hide completely inside the anchor point. Or maybe I'm going about this entirely in the wrong manner in the first place. Any suggetions? Thanks
ATTACHED IMAGE: In the image below, as an example, I want to drag the shorter handle, tuck or retract it back fully into the little anchor point square, so it snaps fully out of sight.
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Smart Guides are your friends (View dropdown). You can choose how much they are (over)doing.
Smart guides are great, but I've found over the years, when drawing complex shapes I move faster just turning off smart guides. Smart guides work great in the early foundation of a file, but with finer details, I eventually switch it off. Thanks for the tip.
I apologize for my sloppy (non reading main part) viewing of the question, assuming a continuous workflow with the Direct Selection Tool (just seeing the heading, the image, and the second paragraph spotting the word "snaps").
For accuracy of finer details I like the easy snapping with Smart Guides; you can set a low snapping tolerance. I agree that Smart Guides can sometimes be disturbing, like a chatter.
Thanks Jacob, totally agree.
I want to follow up with another solution to hiding or tucking just one of the control handles back into the anchor point. If you are in Smart Guides mode, clicking with the direct selection tool on just one handle will allow you to move it back toward the anchor point and it will SNAP completely back hidden. I think this is how I got turned around, some projects I have Smart Guides on all the time, others off, so it can be somewhat confusing.
That was exactly the way I was trying to suggest.
I can see that it was too much implying rather than expressly suggesting.
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Just click the handle with the anchor point tool does not work?
That's it Monika, thanks. I knew it was something simple, I was trying to add a second key to the click when its just a simple click, mystery solved.