For an existing path, hold Option/Alt as you adjust the control handle. For a new path, drag out the curve on the third point normally, then press Option/Alt without releasing the mouse button and drag back down to the anchor point.
Hi, thanks for the reply... Hmmm. You say "For an existing path, hold Option/Alt as you adjust the control handle."
Your suggestion works for me on an OPEN path. Not a CLOSED one...? And that's my problem.
If I have the Direct Select (open arrow) tool and hold down Option, I get the plus arrow, which doesn't help. If I have the convert tool and hold down Option, I see the Duplication Arrows and I end up duplicating my shape when I try to manipulate the handle.
I don't really want to "adjust" the forward (leading) control handle of that third point. I want it to go away entirely--like in Illustrator--so I can be assured that the segment following the point is straight.
Alternatively, you could draw a rectangle, position it over that side, then use the Pathfinder to subtract the rectangle area from your original shape.
Wha--?? OK, how'd you do that? Geez, I feel stupid.
I create a shape exactly like yours, with 3 smooth points (except that first one has one handle).
I get the direct selection tool (hollow arrow).
If I click on handle of the third point (a smooth point) with it, it moves both control handles simultaneously, thereby changing BOTH sides of the curve.
If I click on the handle of the third point (a smooth point) while holding down the option key, I get Arrow-plus, which also moves both handles simultaneously, thereby changing BOTH sides of the curve.
And the closer I get to the anchor point, the more the opposite handle whips around and alters the curve on the other side of the point. And you don't get that? Can I come over and use your computer?
(As far as I can tell, on your figure the opposite curve is unaltered.)
Now if I use the Convert Direction Point Tool, I can do what you did, and only the one handle moves, but I'm stuck repeatedly going really close up to make sure I dragged that little handle ALL THE WAY BACK to the point. Which is really, I guess, what I'm whining about. Got spoiled rotten in Illustrator, I guess...
The same shortcuts (nearly) for the pen tool work in in both Illy and ID. Select the pen tool then hold Cmd (ctrl) and you'll get the direct select tool, hold Opt (alt) and you'll get the convert tool.
I think I'll go back to my original question:
To Straighten ONE side of a smooth curve on a closed path... Am I really stuck with using the convert tool (or WHATEVER tool) to drag the leading handle back to the point, then going REAL close, and closer yet, to try and drag it completely back to the point? There has to be a better way...
And it's starting to sound like the answer is NO, there is no better way.
Unlike in Illustrator, which lets you simply delete the leading handle, thereby quickly straightening ONLY that line segment.
Rats. Well, thanks for trying, everyone.
here's the solution; i'm using cs3.
1. use the direct selection tool (shortcut 'a') and click on a point to show its handles.
2. make sure 'view > snap to point' is checked (shortcut cmd + option + 'l'), without this you will get the behavior described whereby a handle just gets really close to its anchor.
3. now click on the handle you want to get rid of, and if you don't want to disturb the position of the other handle on the anchor, hold down option, but this is not strictly necessary.
4. drag the handle towards the anchor. when you get close enough the cursor will change, i use precise cursors which means it changes to a vertical and horizontal crosshairs with a tiny carat in the lower right corner. if you release while the cursor is in that state, the handle will no longer exist as it is 'absorbed' into the anchor.
so what people said earlier was correct, but you have to make sure that 'snap to point' is on. does that work for you?
Hi pugzlyplus, and thanks for the reply.
Are you using INDesign? I don't have "Snap To Point" under View. I'm using INDesign CS3 Version 5.0.4. Under Grids&Guides I have Snap To Guides. That's the closest thing I can find to Snap To Point. I also don't have a Preference Setting for precise cursors in INDesign.
i didn't notice this was an indesign question, the solution i provided was for illustrator. indeed, the behavior in indesign is different; for example, using the direct selection tool with option held down doesn't isolate that handle unless it has been 'broken' from the opposite side with the convert anchor tool, etc.
it seems that there is no 'snap to point,' and that the closest thing, 'smart guides' with 'snap to guides' turned on, only comes in cs4, so i can't check to see if that does what you're looking for. but i would say that if you're making complex paths, do it in illustrator, then just paste to indesign when you work on layout and scaling.