There is a typeface swash that I turned into path and have been editing.
While I have been successful decreasing the thickness of certain parts, it has left some jagged edges.
Attached is a snapshot of the area I'm referring to (outlined in black.) Hopefully seeing the anchor points will help you to advise me.
How can I smooth out the curve in that region so that it looks as smooth as rest while still maintaining the thickness?
Thanks very much!
Copy the whole swash, then lock it. Paste in front. Give the new swash a very fine stroke (.5 or .25 pt.) and no fill, so that you can clearly see the locked swash beneath. With the Direct select tool, select all the anchor points between, but not including, the two points indicated by the arrows:
Go to Object>Path>Remove Anchor Points. Direct select the two indicated points. In the Control Panel choose Convert: Convert selected anchor points to smooth. Adjust the handles to make the new curve match the locked one. Unlock and delete the original swash, apply the appropriate fill and stroke to the new one.
Remember that the way to draw smooth curves with the pen tool is to have few anchor points and long bézier handles. As Peter (the trombone guy) points out you have far too many anchor points on the curves.
Thanks for your reply. I tried doing this and as you'll see in the attached, though it rounded out the inside of that curve, it had the effect of messing-up the curve I outlined with the large rectangle. How can I avoid that?
Also, is there a way to round out the jagged egde in the area outlined by the small rectangle?