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How to delete middle anchor point without losing path shape?

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Say you have a curved path, just a 'u' shaped curved path. There's 3 anchor points in that path, 2 at the ends and 1 at the middle.
How do I remove the middle anchor point without changeing the shape of the curved path?

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The best tool for this is the "Smart Remove Point" tech in Astute Graphics plugins.

Here's one sample: Smart Remove Point

In VectorFirstAid there is a "Super Smart Remove Point" option as well.

Check the following video: https://youtu.be/fJdzxJK5hKU

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How to delete middle anchor point without losing path shape?

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Say you have a curved path, just a 'u' shaped curved path. There's 3 anchor points in that path, 2 at the ends and 1 at the middle.
How do I remove the middle anchor point without changeing the shape of the curved path?

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Correct answer by carlosgarro | Adobe Community Professional

Hi.

The best tool for this is the "Smart Remove Point" tech in Astute Graphics plugins.

Here's one sample: Smart Remove Point

In VectorFirstAid there is a "Super Smart Remove Point" option as well.

Check the following video: https://youtu.be/fJdzxJK5hKU

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Try the Delete Anchor Point Tool (-) and click the Anchor Point while holding down the Shift key.

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It will not be perfect, but better than without Shift key.

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Camela,

 

As already implied by Ton, "remove the middle anchor point without changeing the shape" is more than a wee bit like have a cake and eat it.

 

Sometimes you can get away with it, but a full U spans 180 degrees, and that may give you grief.

 

The use of 4 Anchor Points for a circle so each segment spans 90 degrees is there for a reason; and sometimes that proves to be too great a span.

 

There are limits to Bezier curves, and a limit to the general suggestion of using as few Anchor Points as possible for smoothness.

 

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Hi.

The best tool for this is the "Smart Remove Point" tech in Astute Graphics plugins.

Here's one sample: Smart Remove Point

In VectorFirstAid there is a "Super Smart Remove Point" option as well.

Check the following video: https://youtu.be/fJdzxJK5hKU

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