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Drawing Curves

Smooth curve points create curves like the track a roller coaster follows. There are no abrupt changes from one curve to another.

To create smooth curves:
  1. Drag the Pen tool where you want to start the curve. Handles extend out from the point.
  2. Release the mouse button.
  3. Move the cursor to where you want the next part of the curve. Drag to create the curved segment between the two smooth curve points square7.gif.
  4. Continue to create curved segments by repeating steps 2 and 3 square8.gif.
To close a path with a smooth curve:
  1. Move the Pen over the first point. A small circle appears, indicating that you can close the path.
  2. Drag backwards to close the path square9.gif.

A corner curve point creates curves with an abrupt change in direction. The path of a bouncing ball illustrates a corner curve.

To create a corner curve:
  1. With the Pen tool active, drag to create an anchor point with control handles.
  2. Without releasing the mouse button, hold the Opt/Alt key and then drag to pivot the second handle square10.gif.
  3. Release the mouse button when the second handle is the correct length and direction.
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