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Pen Tool

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Jan 23, 2023 Jan 23, 2023

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I have a question in regards to the pen tool. Is there a way to shorten the directional handles after selecting the anchor points? I noticed that when the handles get really and even when I drag them, the pen tool is not creating the shape that I want. Any advice? Thank you. 

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Jan 23, 2023 Jan 23, 2023

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I am not exactly sure what you mean, but the length of the directional handles directly relate to the curve of your shape. So if you have a rather small curve, the handles will be shorter than a larger curve. This is just the way that bezier curves work and there isn't a way to make the handles shorter without impacting the look of your shape.

 

But you said that you are not getting the shape you want, so this is just a matter of properly learning how to use the pen tool. You can correct the shape using the direct selection tool (white arrow). Perhaps this will help:

https://helpx.adobe.com/illustrator/using/tool-techniques/direct-selection-tool.html

 

 

 

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Jan 24, 2023 Jan 24, 2023

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Hello @Christin273676092kqf,

 

Thanks for reaching out. Illustrator currently does not have this functionality. Would you mind checking if this UserVoice (https://illustrator.uservoice.com/forums/333657-illustrator-desktop-feature-requests/suggestions/460...) matches your question and if yes upvoting and adding your comments?

Doing this will help us prioritize this feature request, and you will keep getting all the related updates.

 

Feel free to reach out if you have more questions or need assistance. We'd be happy to help.

 

Thanks,

Anubhav

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