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Adding or Deleting Points on Paths

The following table compares the different tools and commands as to their effect when adding or deleting points on a path.

Tool or Command

Action

Result

Add Anchor Point tool

Click a segment on the path

Always adds a point to the path.

Delete Anchor Point tool

Click an existing point on the path

Deletes the point. Path reshapes without any break.

Erase tool

Drag along a path

Creates a break in the path

Scissors tool

Click a point or a segment

Creates two end points at that position. Points can then be separated to create a break in the path.

Open Path command

Applied to a path

Creates two end points at the origin of the path. Points are indicated by selection. Points can then be separated to create a break in the path.

Close Path command

Applied to a path

Creates a segment that joins two end points of a path.

Delete command

Applied to points or segments selected with the Direct Selection tool

If applied to a selection in the middle of a path, the command breaks the path into two segments.

If applied to a selection at the end of a path, the command shortens the path.

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