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Modifying Lines

3.2_Modifying Lines

0:01 On the toolbar, to right of the eraser are two more important modification tools: ‘Split and Join’.

0:09 Let’s look at the curved line next to ‘Split/Join’ text on our drawing page.

0:14 Select the split tool, then click anywhere on the line to break it at that point.

0:19 We can do the opposite by using the Join tool.

0:23 Select the Join tool first… then click down on any lines you want to join together and now you’ve got one continuous line again.

0:31 Another way to edit lines is to modify path points.

0:35 Since all lines and shapes are drawn as vector objects in LayOut, they’re actually made up of starting, mid, and ending points with a connecting path between them.

0:45 To see a line’s points, double-click on it as you would a group.

0:50 Since our path is a Bezier curve, in addition its to points, we also have handles which we can use to change the curve size and direction.

0:58 Try moving the points and then adjust the handles to see how it affects the curves.

1:04 An additional option for editing lines is to select individual line segments so that the point or handle modifications affect just a particular segment only.

1:14 You can do this by double-clicking on a line and then clicking on just one segment, which highlights blue.

1:21 To add or subtract additional segments, hold the option key and a little plus sign appears over the cursor.

1:29 Now notice how moving points or adjusting handles affects just the selected segments.

1:36 If we want to add points to a line, we can do this by double-clicking again to edit the line, then hold ‘ctrl or cmd’ and clicking down on a path segment.

1:43 If we want to add points to a line, we can do this by double-clicking again to edit the line, then hold ‘ctrl or cmd’ and clicking down on a path segment.

1:43 If you want to ensure you don’t accidentally move things while selecting, you can hold down ‘command’ on Mac or ‘alt’ on PC while selecting.

1:43 If you want to ensure you don’t accidentally move things while selecting, you can hold down ‘command’ on Mac or ‘alt’ on PC while selecting.

1:44 If we want to add points to a line, we can do this by double-clicking again to edit the line, then hold ‘ctrl or cmd’ and clicking down on a path segment.

1:47 You’ll notice as you hover over the line, a plus sign and blue dot appear on the cursor.

1:48 You’ll notice as you hover over the line, a plus sign and blue dot appear on the cursor.

1:52 Click down and a new point is added, along with handles for further editing options.

1:59 Removing points works a little different that adding in that there’s no modifier key…

2:05 ...instead, just drag and drop a point onto another point and it disappears.

2:11 Keep in mind that removing points may leave you with an odd joint between curves.

2:16 If you try adjusting the handle it will adjust both sides of the curve accordingly so hold ‘ctrl or cmd’ again while selecting a handle to edit just the curved you want.

2:20 If you try adjusting the handle it will adjust both sides of the curve accordingly so hold ‘ctrl or cmd’ again while selecting a handle to edit just the curved you want.

2:27 If you try adjusting the handle it will adjust both sides of the curve accordingly so hold ‘ctrl or cmd’ again while selecting a handle to edit just the curved you want.