ARRGH! How the HECK does anyone use Illustrator?

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TheRealDarla
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Posted Fri Oct 26, 2012 10:32AM

I just want to delete a node.  That's all I want to do.  "Help" is no help, and I can't find anything about it in the manual.  Is it even possible to do that in Illustrator?


I finally gave up and went back to Corel, made my edits, then saved as AI.  I shouldn't have to do that for a simple edit like that.


If Corel would just make the colors right when saving as eps, I would never need Illustrator at all, and could burn the dang thing.
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Posted Fri Oct 26, 2012 12:21PM

I was a dedicated freehand user for 20 years until it ceased to be supported. i have gradually come to terms with Illustrator over the past couple of years. its worth being patient and getting to know it. i havent used Corel, but I know that doing things the illustrator way will be beneficial when using other adobe software. I am still using Freehand to start illustrations and finish off in Illustrator.


Check out video tutorials, they helped me.


Good luck
TheRealDarla
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Posted Fri Oct 26, 2012 12:56PM

I couldn't find any on this topic.  Also, I have very little patience with tutorial videos, since they usually talk and move so slooooowly.  I would rather have text and pictures, and those are getting harder and harder to find.  I guess people don't want to read any more.


 


 
FreeTransform
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Posted Fri Oct 26, 2012 1:21PM
By a "node" do you mean a point? When you hover over an anchor point with the Pen tool, the cursor will change to a Delete Anchor tool. It's like the Pen tool, but with a minus sign on it. If that is not happening, go to your preferences and uncheck "Disable Auto Add/Delete" in the General section.

Or, you can use the Delete Anchor tool. It's under the Pen tool in the tool panel. Looks like a Pen with a minus sign. Keyboard shortcut: -

If you're trying to delete a point from a Gradient Mesh, you can't do that with the Delete Anchor tool, you have to do that with the Mesh Tool. Hold down the Option key to remove a Mesh point.

It's all right there in the help file
TheRealDarla
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Posted Fri Oct 26, 2012 1:37PM
I was wondering if it was something like that.  So Illustrator calls them "anchors".  You use the PEN tool for that?  So, the thing to do is change to the pen tool, hover over the "anchor", and click it? (If I can find the pen tool, the flyouts with options keep disappearing when I try to figure out which symbol means what)


Every other graphics program of any sort that I have worked with, I have been able to figure things out just by futzing around with it.  But not Illustrator.  Not only to they have to call things by weird names, they do things weird ways.  In Corel, you select the "edit" tool, and you can move things around, stretch, squash, fold, whatever, by clicking and dragging.  You add a node by double clicking on the spot you want one, and remove a node by double clicking on it. 


Does the pen tool in Illustrator also edit?


The only directions I could find in the manual or in "help" about editing objects said to use the white arrow selector, and press shift while clicking on the node to select it.  Selecting it seemed like the natural thing to do if you wanted to delete it.  But, I couldn't figure out what to do after that.  And, of course, I had no idea it was called an "anchor", so no wonder I couldn't find any directions on how to do this.


Okay, change to the pen tool to delete a node. Thanks.


The biggest problem I'm having with Illustrator seems to be vocabulary.  I had a heck of a time figuring out how to change the default color profile.  There is no reference to "color profile" in help or in the manual.  There is a "color management" section, though.


Does anyone have a Illustrator/English dictionary?

*grump*
 

(Edited on 2012-10-26 13:40:43 by TheRealDarla)
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Posted Sat Oct 27, 2012 11:01AM
You can also use the "direct select" tool (hollow/white arrow), click on the point and hit the delete key. This however will break your path but depending on what you are trying to achieve by deleting the point this is sometimes a better option. You can use the shortcut "A" on your keyboard to select this tool.
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Posted Wed Oct 31, 2012 9:09PM

Arggghhh. I just wrote this response and hit send only to be signed out.... here goes again....


This delete issue used to drive me nuts when I switched from freehand to illustrator a while back too. Why can't they make the delete key break the path and backspace not?


When I delete an anchor (while using the arrow tool) I select the anchor and in the top panel (called anchor point) hit the little pen icon with the - next to it.


 
rodemund
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Posted Thu Nov 1, 2012 4:39AM

I'm in LOVE with the Illustrator.


I began with FreeHand and switched to AI without having to a long time ago and never looked back.


Today I'm experiencing a time of intense learning in a lot of different software. I was as impatient as you are, trying to get along with some fuzzin’ around ’til it works. But at a certain level, things stop working this way. So i took the time and did tutorials - and it pays out in the long run. Even in the medium run, and even much quicker I ever expected. Now I work on topics I don't even need at short hand. They will return as possible solutions when I need them. I can't think of anything more time-saving than doing tutorials.


I don't try to imagine if they stopped support for Illustrator, not FreeHand ...


Sometimes I think there's something religious about this FH/AI thing.


Doing tutorials = *aaah*
Doing no tutorials = *grump*
d-l-b
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Posted Thu Nov 1, 2012 3:12PM
I use the remove point button in the anchor point toolbar. When editing a path and you have an point selected you can press the minus button (its just to the right of the word Anchors in the toolbar, It deletes the point BUT keeps the path connected. It also selects the next point, You can delete a whole string of points.
TheRealDarla
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Posted Thu Nov 1, 2012 6:32PM
aha!  That's what I was trying to do.
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