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  • Illustrator CS3 vs Freehand

    Is anyone using Illy CS3 yet? It's possible that my question would apply to CS2 as well I guess.

    Here's what I'm wondering. I'm new to Illy - been a Freehand user since Aldus Freehand version 1. Yes I'm old. Well, I'm forced to switch to Illy and I'm having trouble with its editing.

    In Freehand, Let's say I have a single straight line and I want to make it a curved line. In Freehand I just need to hold down the Option key while clicking the line the I can bend it however I need to. This will then give me control handle I can use to tweak it.

    Illy doesn't do this of course. At least CS2 doesn't do it. Does CS3 do it? Has Adobe applied any of Freehand functionality into Illustrator?

    This may seem like a silly problem but it has been affecting productivity. Can anyone help?
    You want it when!? Well in that case, let me pull my magic wand out of my ass and take care of that for you.

  • #2
    I am a Freehand user as well (at home) and an Illustrator user at work and miss this feature as well. I'll be getting CS3 next week, but don't hold out much hope.
    I could give you a dose
    but it would never come close
    to the rage built up inside of me
    fist in the air in the land of hypocrisy

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    • #3
      Despite some nice improvements in Illustrator when dealing with lines and points, I want to say "no," but I haven't tried holding down any modifier key for that purpose. I didn't see any such option in demo videos either from someone like Terry White (who I'm sure would have pointed that out).

      I'll give it a try when I get home and let you know, though.

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      • #4
        Select the convert anchor point tool (one of the options in the pen tool menu), or hold down shift + C. Click on a point and drag away, you'll curve the line.
        "Lucy, you got some 'splainin' to do!" - Ricky Ricardo

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        • #5
          Yeah, that would do something similar. However, in Freehand and I think Flash (haven't used Flash in a while), I think you can just grab any section of the line and drag it around to curve and warp it. Although I guess you can do that too in Illy with the Direct selection tool.
          Last edited by Patrick Shannon; 04-27-2007, 06:26 PM.

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          • #6
            I just received my copy of CS3. Woooooo Hoooooo!!!!! I'll check it once it finishes the install.
            You want it when!? Well in that case, let me pull my magic wand out of my ass and take care of that for you.

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            • #7
              Nope. They didn't add that functionality - at least not as far as I can tell. That sucks because it comes in VERY handy sometimes.
              You want it when!? Well in that case, let me pull my magic wand out of my ass and take care of that for you.

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              • #8
                If you go in, at least this is where it was on mine, under the scale tool (you know, when they have that little caret in that tool in the toolbar which means there's more things under that tool), there's a black arrow that looks much like the selection tool with a curve above it. It's called the 'reshape tool.' It does that very thing. If you have some sort of complex shape, you have to direct select the particular line you want to curve down, at least that's what I had to do with the rectangle I was experimenting with, because otherwise it was grabbing the whole rectangle. It also creates selection handles at the lowest point so that you can grab them and change the curve that way as well.

                Hope that helps.

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                • #9
                  Yeah the Reshape tool is awesome. Hold down control when selecting single segments.

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                  • #10
                    Haha, never knew about that tool. Nice. Was that a CS2 addition?

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by idaho
                      In Freehand, Let's say I have a single straight line and I want to make it a curved line. In Freehand I just need to hold down the Option key while clicking the line the I can bend it however I need to. This will then give me control handle I can use to tweak it.
                      Yes, Illy does the exact same thing. Hold CMD instead of OPT if you're clicking on the line segment. This will bring up the last used selection tool. As long as it's the White Arrow tool, you can drag the line segment to a different curvature (it will adjust the handles on both adjoining pionts). If your black arrow tool comes up when you hold CMD, then press A.

                      Otherwise, if you want to make the handles appear on a point, hold OPT before clicking and dragging on it with the pen tool.

                      *EDIT: Sorry, I sort of misread your question... You say you have a straight line segment, not a curved one. OPT-drag on the points, not the line, to convert it.
                      Last edited by Ned; 04-29-2007, 03:04 AM.
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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Patrick Shannon
                        Haha, never knew about that tool. Nice. Was that a CS2 addition?
                        I'm almost positive that this particular feature is new to CS3.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Cyan_Ide
                          I'm almost positive that this particular feature is new to CS3.
                          As far as I can recall, it's been there since at least about Illustrator 8. Any earlier than that, and my memory gets pretty fuzzy...

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                          • #14
                            Yes, the Reshape tool has been around for a long, long time...
                            Ned Yeung, A.C.E.
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                            • #15
                              My god, I've been Illustrating in a cave!

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