# Is there a way to simultaneously move points in opposite directions?

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Feb 15, 2021 Feb 15, 2021

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I'm editing parts of a symmetrical face, the parts were created with the pen tool. Is there a way to select corresponding points on opposite sides of each object, the mouth for example and have them move in a mirrored fasion? (ie if I grab the one on the right and move up, they both move up, but if I move right, away from the center line, the left one will move to the left rather than also going to the right)

I've watched several tutorials on both the pen tool and manipulating objects and couldn't find any solution. The closest thing I found was a video where someone did this with the lower corners of a rectangle. I tried to follow their on-screen (non-narrated) instructions, but either I'm missing something or the technique is for "shapes" from the shape tool and doesn't work for random objects drawn with the pen tool.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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Adobe Community Professional , Feb 15, 2021 Feb 15, 2021
I'm not sure that I understand the question, but will give it a try.  On the ellipse below, the left and right points are selected using the Direct Selection tool.  Still using the Direct Selection tool, if you drag one of the selected points up, they both move up. (Holding down Shift will constrain the movement so that they move straight up.) With the same two anchor points selected, when you want to move them away from the center or towards the center, one way is to double click the Scale to...

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I'm not sure that I understand the question, but will give it a try.

On the ellipse below, the left and right points are selected using the Direct Selection tool.

Still using the Direct Selection tool, if you drag one of the selected points up, they both move up. (Holding down Shift will constrain the movement so that they move straight up.)

With the same two anchor points selected, when you want to move them away from the center or towards the center, one way is to double click the Scale tool in the Tools panel to open the Scale dialog box. Select Horizontal or Vertical and enter a percentage larger than 100% to move the points away from the center, or a percentage smaller than 100% to move them towards the center.

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Feb 16, 2021 Feb 16, 2021

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Hi Barbara,

Thank you so much for the help. Apparently you understood the question quite well enough, this is just what I needed.

-Dan

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As Barbara says, direct select the two points you want to move. Click on the Scale Tool or press the S key and the scale reference point will appear between the points. Click and hold anywhere and drag. A straight horizontal drag away from the reference point will widen the shape, toward it will narrow it. Other directions will twist and bend it in interesting ways. Click anywhere you like to change the reference point and experiment with the results.

Peter

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Feb 16, 2021 Feb 16, 2021

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Hi Peter,

Thanks for taking the time to reply. Good to know the shortcut for the scale tool too.

-Dan

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You're welcome, Dan

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Great - I'm glad that helped!

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