Simplify Points in Illustrator
Keeping points clean in Illustrator will speed up illustrating and make life easier when animating paths in After Effects. Here are two ways to keep it clean while you work in Illustrator.
**If you want to be speedy I recommend learning the keyboard shortcuts listed next to the commands.
The Problem: Overlapping Points
The Solution: Average Points
Select points with Direction Selection (A) and create an Average (Cmd, Opt, J) of those points .
Use the Pathfinder Tool to Unite and close those two points, creating one easily editable point.
Pros & Cons
Pro: Keeps perfect geometry
Con: Time consuming
The Problem: Too Many points
The Solution: Smooth Tool
Find the Smooth Tool. If you are in a newer version of Illustrator navigate to the menu at the bottom of toolbar and activate the Advanced Toolbar.
Select (V) the object with the problem points then select the Smooth Tool. Drag the Smooth Tool over the problem points and WALLA it’s fixed… though it might change your shape slightly.
Pros & Cons
Pro: Simple, quick, and easy
Con: Doesn’t keep perfect geometry, might change your shape a bit.
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