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Using the Smooth Tool

Once you have created a path, you may want to delete extra points so that the path is smoother.

To smooth paths with the Smooth tool:

  1. Select the path that you want to smooth.

  2. Click the Smooth tool in the Toolbox (Figure 6).

    Fig. 6 Figure 6 The Smooth tool in
    the Toolbox.

  1. Press and drag the Smooth tool along the path.

  2. Release the mouse. The path is redrawn with fewer points (Figure 7).

    Fig. 7
    Figure 7 The results of dragging the
    Smooth tool
    along a path.

You can change how the Smooth tool responds to the movements of the mouse as you drag.

To set the Smooth tool preferences:

  1. Double click the Smooth tool in the Toolbox to open the Smooth Tool Preferences dialog box (Figure 8).

    Fig. 8
    Figure 8 The Smooth Tool Preferences allow you
    to control how much the Smooth tool affects the
    appearance of paths.

  2. Use the slider or field to set the Fidelity amount. The lower the amount, the more the new path will follow the original path.

  3. Use the slider or field to set the Smoothness amount. The higher the setting, the more curved the path.

  4. Check Keep Selected to keep the path selected after you have smoothed it.

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