Hi, I have attached a couple of comic book bubble shapes that have "tails" on them (the little pointy part that you put near the persons mouth who is speaking the dialogue). I'd like to remove these tails and close off the shape so that it's symmetric (as if the tail never existed). How would I go about doing this?
Use the direct selection tool (lowercase - a on keyboard) Select the points that make up the tail and in the top tool bar, click on the icon for removing points. Do not hit the delete key, as that will break the path. Using the icon will remove the points and keep the path intact.
That being said, I am assuming the shape was created with a single path. It is possible that more than one path makes up the shape. If thats the case, then we can go from there.
Thanks for your response Silk. You're exactly right, I was initially hitting delete and it was just deleting the tail and leaving a hole in the shape. I tried what you told me and got the following after removing the first three anchors:
Tried this with the other shape and got something similar.
To get back to the symmetrical shape you started with, the easiest way would (have) be(en) to just copy/unhide it from where you saved it in the first place before destroying it.
Failing that, you may click the centre (relative to the original shape) Anchor Points at top and bottom with the Scissors Tool, delete the moderated part, Object>Reflect a copy of the original part, select it by one of the endpoints and snap it to (the corresponding endpoint of) the original part, Direct Select the pairs of them and Ctrl/Cmd+J to join.
Smart Guide are your friends; they say anchor point when you have coinciding points.
Really appreciate you taking the time to do that! However, I'd prefer not to do both by hand as I need to have them as exact replicas as the other side of the shape.