How to Move Anchor Points in Illustrator

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How to Move Anchor Points in Illustrator
Moving anchor points is done by simply using the mouse to readjust the look of your image. (Burke/Triolo Productions/Brand X Pictures/Getty Images)

Adobe Illustrator allows users to create images and vector graphics for in-depth designs without distorting the image's overall quality and appearance. When creating a new design or image in Illustrator, users create "anchor points" to set paths of work to keep track of lines and the overall shape of the design. This allows the designer to change various shapes and direction of the anchor points and paths throughout the entire creation process. Moving anchor points is simple and is possible with the basic tools located within Illustrator.

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  1. 1

    Open Adobe Illustrator.

  2. 2

    Select "File," "Open" to locate and open an Illustrator file (.ai file extension). Allow the document to load entirely before attempting to edit any of the design.

  3. 3

    Click the "Direct Selection" arrow icon on the left palette. The arrow has a black outline and is not filled in.

  4. 4

    Select the image using the Direct Selection arrow. It will highlight all available anchor points on the active design.

  5. 5

    Click on the anchor point segment you want to move while holding the left mouse button down.

  6. 6

    Drag the anchor point to where you want it on the image's canvas. You can move any anchor point on the image using the Direct Selection tool to change the look of your design.

Tips and warnings

  • Once you select an anchor point on the image, using your keyboard's arrow keys will allow you to adjust position more precisely.

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