How to Add & Delete Anchor Points | Adobe Illustrator

How to Add & Delete Anchor Points | Adobe Illustrator

this is how you add and delete anchor points in adobe illustrator we're going to head over to our tools mantle click our pen tool and we're going to click out let's say one long line and let's say we want to keep this line straight we're going to hold down our Shift key just so we have a straight line and we're actually going to have that's a decrease of our stroke just a little bit so that we can we can see what we're about to add so right now there are only two anchor points on this line we click again we add a third click again we add a fourth and a fifth and so on but let's say we just want to add anchor points to the actual area that's already existing on a stroke now we don't want to click to keep adding because that doesn't give us what we want what we want to do is if you were to head to the pencil you were to click and hold down you'll notice there are other options in your actual pen tool one of those options is to add an anchor point you'll see it's right here and the shortcut for that is actually the plus symbol on your keyboard so it's really easy to remember want to add something addition plus symbol so you would just click anywhere on this path anywhere on the line segment anywhere doesn't matter where when you click it now you'll have a different anchor point and you can do that as many times as you want just so you know that it's there you'll now see that you can flex and move that point accordingly and prior to that you couldn't do that because there was only one anchor point on one end and one on the other so straighten this back out again hit our plus symbol you can select anywhere multiple times you can change it click anywhere on that segment and you'll notice that you get added anchor points now if we wanted to remove these anchor points and we just wanted our two original ones the opposite of adding is subtracting so instead of plus symbol we would use the minus symbol or we click in our pencil area hold down and you'll notice that there's the delete Anchor Point tool and you go to any of the anchor points that you created let's say I click this one you'll notice that if I delete this anchor point the end point will then adjust to connect to the nearest anchor point so I click that and it's there if I were to delete this one and then adjust there but let's say I want it back to the original spot remember these anchor points have not moved so ism' if I were to click this point right here we're now back to our original line segment and that's how you add and remove anchor points in Adobe Illustrator

23 thoughts on “How to Add & Delete Anchor Points | Adobe Illustrator

  1. will you please help me….i cant use add anchor point tool evertime there is messge like use the anchor point in path selection?help me with this

  2. Every time I open one of your tutoring sessions you seem to be ill-prepared for what you are about to teach. I realize you know how to do these things but are you winging the lesson plan? Very frustrating to watch when you start skipping around making up scenarios as you go and taking forever to get to the point. PREPERATION, PREPERATION, PREPERATION!

  3. Hey William, I just purchased an annual Adobe Illustrator agreement. I need to learn this! So I searched "add point in adobe illustrator" and your vid came up first in Google.

    Awesome job! Thanks for the help, Uncle Scott.

  4. hi what is the shortcut in Photoshop to remove an anchor point, I can't find it anywhere online. I know Alt is Add anchor, I just need to know the short cut for delete anchor. This is driving me crazy. Thanks for your time 🙂

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