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Is this possible with the Pen Tool ?

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Hi there,

I’m new to affinity designer/photo, having switched recently from the world of Adobe.  I am working both on Mac desktop and iPad.

When using the pen tool in affinity programs, I’m wondering if there is a quick/easy way of adjusting one of the angles of a curve while leaving the other unchanged ?

Most of the tutorials I’ve found suggest switching to the node tool to do this which does work for making sharp corners, but I find this slows me down quite a bit, especially since to get back to the pen tool I have to hit P all the way on the other side of the keyboard.  Also I’m hoping to keep the path a curve and not a sharp corner.

In adobe programs, holding down Option (on Mac) allows me to do this without having to switch tools and I’m hoping there is a similar key or combination of keys I can press to do this in Affinity programs ?

Thanks so much.

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Hi @Silver-Cygnus,

On desktop, while using the pen tool, if you hold the Command key you can swap to the node tool so you can change the point handles – if you also hold the option (alt) key you can change just one side to make a sharp corner. Also, try holding the alt key while creating the points to change between sharps and curves as you're drawing. Hope that makes sense.

Not sure what the keys/finger combinations, etc are on the iPad version off the top of my head.

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When using the Pen Tool in AD on iPad there’s an ‘Edit Mode’ control on the Context toolbar for switching temporarily to a limited set of Node Tool operations. To convert a regular node to a cusp node, hold down a finger on the screen while dragging on one of the node’s control handles.

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Thanks for the ideas, still not quite what I was hoping for... I was hoping for a quick way to adjust one angle of a curve without turning it into a cusp...  Guess I’ll just have to get used to this slight difference between Adobe and Affinity.  Thanks again !

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