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How can I delete unnecessary anchor points ALL at ONCE? (pathfinder / offset path)

Jun 17, 2013 12:08 AM

Tags: #illustrator #anchor #path #points #paths #tool #cs6 #pathfinder #duplicated #offset

Hello there, I've been trying to search answers on this topic but it was of no use...

 

I'm currently having troubles from having too many anchor points after "image trace" or "offset path tool".

 

1.  I would like to know if there's a way of deleting useless points AT ONCE. (ex. multiple anchor points on a stait line, or duplicated points at one anchor point)

    - I've tried "Simplify" but it changed the picture too much.

    - I've tried "Remove redundant points" when using "image trace" but it came out as below:

multiple points.JPG

 

2. Sometimes pathfinder seems to make duplicated paths. Is there any way of knowing that there are duplicated paths OR eraseing duplicated paths at ONCE?

 

  

Thank-you for reading this msg, I hope to hear from anyone who has answers to my questions.

 
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    Jun 17, 2013 2:34 AM   in reply to sholks

    sholks,

     

    I am afraid that what you see are the results of some necessary/unnecessary adaptations in automated processes.

     

    Basically, you can only safely remove an Anchor Point between two segments that become one straight segment by it.

     

    An automated removal of Anchor Points will therefore generally be quite unsafe in terms of keeping the shape of a path.

     

    With regard to duplicate paths, you will also have to look.

     
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    Jun 17, 2013 6:46 AM   in reply to sholks

    In other words, the software doesn't know didly about what you consider necessary or unnecessary. That's the primary falacy of cheezy workaround features like autotracing. If you want cleanly optimized paths, you need to draw them.

     

    JET

     
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    Jun 17, 2013 1:41 PM   in reply to sholks

    Which version of Illustrator are you using?

     

    > I've tried "Simplify" but it changed the picture too much.

     

    Which settings did you use in the Simplify dialog?

     

    Also, can you provide a sample .ai file with some instructions about what you want to achieve?

     
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    Jun 17, 2013 3:40 PM   in reply to JETalmage

    Agreed.  Illustrator's "auto trace" is garbage. 

     

    Cleanly optimizing paths by drawing them is an artform all by itself.

     
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    Jun 17, 2013 11:35 PM   in reply to sholks
    1. Select the object.
    2. Select the Smooth tool .
    3. Drag the tool along the length of the path segment you want to smooth out.
    4. Continue smoothing until the stroke or path is the desired smoothness.

    Hey Sholks above show is one of my best-practice
    Check wheather this is useful

    Happy illustrating

     
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    Jun 18, 2013 2:22 AM   in reply to sholks

    You need to purchase VectorScribe from Astute Graphics if you do this a lot.

     

    Otherwise, redraw using the pen tool as others have stated.

     
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