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Removing >>groups<< of anchor points, w/o killing path?

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Eric ChardRemoving >>groups<< of anchor points, w/o killing path?
by on Aug 12, 2012 at 7:34:07 pm

I've got an auto-traced logo which looks good, but has 'wayyy too many points along straight edges. I'd like to clean it up.

As far as i can tell, there's no group equivalent to the POINT REMOVE tool (the 'minus' pen), that doesn't kill the path.

(Since these are straight lines, selecting and using "AVERAGE" actually works OK, but....)

Is there a group REMOVE function that will not kill the path? Tnx

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Bertil OldenburgRe: Removing >>groups<< of anchor points, w/o killing path?
by on Aug 12, 2012 at 11:38:55 pm

Maybe not what you looking for but...

Object > Path > Simplify..., will do the job.
Using the "Preview" and "Show Original" options will help.
Also, in most cases you can go as far as 98% in the "Curve Precision" option, with a perfect result and a great deal of reduced anchor points.

Kind Regards
Bertil


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Tylor LarsonRe: Removing >>groups<< of anchor points, w/o killing path?
by on Aug 28, 2012 at 2:11:22 pm

Auto trace is just a plug-in. It usually results in a rough crappy result that needs to be cleaned up. I only use auto trace if I can't find a vector version of the logo. If you haven't already, I would suggest looking on a wonderful website called, Best Brands of The World.

http://www.brandsoftheworld.com

accounts are free and you need one to download. But all of the logos are Vector. I usually start there and if I can't find it then i turn to auto trace.

normally I try not to use the simplify path. because it cut so many corners. usually use the Delete Anchor point tool... which is under the Pen tool.



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