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:
- Drag the Pen tool where you want to start the curve. Handles extend out from the point.
- Release the mouse button.
- 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 .
- Continue to create curved segments by repeating steps 2 and 3 .
To close a path with a smooth curve:
- Move the Pen over the first point. A small circle appears, indicating that you can close the path.
- Drag backwards to close the path .
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:
- With the Pen tool active, drag to create an anchor point with control handles.
- Without releasing the mouse button, hold the Opt/Alt key and then drag to pivot the second handle .
- Release the mouse button when the second handle is the correct length and direction.