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Delete just one handle from anchor point

Jan 21, 2013 11:36 AM

I can't seem to find a constant way to delete just one of 2 handles from an anchor point. I can drag the handle into the anchor point, but sometimes it still remains, and can be pulled out. Other times, it seems to disappear, as desired.

 

I would like to convert to one handle only.

 

Thanks,

 

Sonny

 
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  • Noel Carboni
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    Jan 21, 2013 1:57 PM   in reply to duck13

    Maybe try the Convert Point Tool with the Alt key held down?

     

    -Noel

     
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    Jan 21, 2013 3:52 PM   in reply to duck13

    In Illustrator you can drag one handle back to the anchor point to remove it (and the point icon changes slightly when you're on top of it) but not in Photoshop, it's one of the subtle ways the vector engine differs between the two programs. Interesting enough though, you can copy a vector path from Photoshop, paste it in Illustrator and delete one handle, then copy and paste it back in Photoshop with the handle deleted. Not useful but interesting.

     

    But what is very useful are Smart Objects. You can draw an object in Illustrator then paste it into Photoshop as a Smart Object, afterward if you double click on the layer icon in the layers pallet it will open the shape in Illustrator, you can make changes and save, the results are updated in Photoshop. That way you can take advantage of the more advanced vector tools available in Illustrator, have complicated vector shapes with multiple fill/stroke colors, and maintain a single file work flow in Photoshop. It's all saved as part of a single PSD.

     
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    Jan 21, 2013 7:18 PM   in reply to Chip Brown

    There's currently a discussion on the Illustrator Forum about this: http://forums.adobe.com/thread/1138258?tstart=0

     
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    Jan 22, 2013 9:44 AM   in reply to Noel Carboni

    With my copy of Photoshop I can, using the Convert Point tool, convert the point from a two-handle point to a one-handle point (with Alt key down) or a corner point (with no modifier key).

     

    With the Alt key down I can drag from a corner point to extend a handle in one dimension.

     

    You folks aren't able to reproduce this?  Could this be a difference between PC and Mac platforms?

     

    -Noel

     
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    Jan 22, 2013 11:35 AM   in reply to Noel Carboni

    I can get it to work sort of, you can drag a handle with the convert corner point tool back to the anchor point, it acts like it's removed it, but it's still there just very very close to the anchor point. (The closer to the anchor point you drop it the better it works, but there is nothing to make it snap to the anchor point.) Afterwards using the direct selection tool you can move the anchor point, most of the time it will move just as if the handle was removed, but every now and then you'll actually drag the handle back out from the point, proving that the handle was not actually removed.

     

    I'm using CS5 on OS X 10.7

     
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