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Convert Nodes: Shortcuts (Designer)

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Hi,

 

Is there another way to convert nodes, other than going to the Pen or Node Tool's Contextual (horizontal) Toolbar, and pressing buttons? Like, shortcuts for:

Convert to Sharp or Smooth node? Or Reverse Curve?

 

I already have keyboard shortcuts for Close and Break Curve – whose toolbar buttons are right beside the Convert ones. But those are the only Pen or Node Tool shortcuts I could find in the Prefs.

 

Two related things I would love:

- A way to 'pull' Control Handles out of a sharp node (or pop them back in to make a sharp point),

via some modifier key(s) with the node tool. (Like: after-the-fact editing of a path, not while drawing it.)

 

and

 

- When you're manipulating one of a node's Control Handles

for a certain modifier key(s) to cause its opposing handle do the exact same thing – i.e., stay in perfect symmetry/mirror image. Including, on a non-smooth node, the control handle angle.

That would be _so_ handy! (It's available with 3rd party Illustrator plugins)

 

Thanks for your attention!

 

- pbass

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Quick keys for converting points:

  • When in node tool, option click converts smooth nodes to sharp.
  • to convert sharp to smooth, press p to swap to pen tool, hover over the node until you get a little line icon rather than a cross and then click the sharp node you want to convert and pull out and it will swap back to smooth node...

here is a video to demonstrate

https://cl.ly/2U29293k2D3F

  • And to pull a handle out of a sharp node so that, whilst still sharp, the lines leaving the node are curved - pull the line next to the node until handles appear... to pop them back in again - option click the node...

see video

https://cl.ly/0u0E0s0N393Q

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Since you are on Windows the shortcut uses Alt instead of Option.

You can see all the available mouse modifiers in the status bar at the bottom of the Designer screen.

  • Alt + Click on node = Convert to sharp node
  • Hold Right Mouse and Left Click on node = Convert to smooth node
  • Alt + Click on Handle = Remove handle
  • Drag + Right mouse = Resize both handles

 

 


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2 hours ago, Aammppaa said:
  • Hold Right Mouse and Left Click on node = Convert to smooth node

Fantastic! Just what I needed. Thank you, Aammppaa.

Related question: is there anyway to change the trigger above? I'm having a heck of a time mastering that trick without invoking the context menu (on right click). 


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Nope - sorry. Affinity uses right mouse as a modifier for various commands on PC. I hate it, as do many others! But not sure whether it will ever change.

Doesn't matter if the context menu pops up, it should be to the side of the mouse, so just left click anyway.


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2 hours ago, Aammppaa said:

Hold Right Mouse and Left Click on node = Convert to smooth node

Aammppaa, I was trying to do this, but when I press and hold the right mouse button while on a node I get the context menu then clicking the left button it cuts by shape.  If I'm not on a node when I press and hold the right mouse button then move the mouse over the node to press the left button it disregards the first click, the second just selects the node.  Does this only work on Windows as I'm on a mac?  I've always wanted to be able to convert sharp to smooth.


iMac (27-inch, Late 2009) with macOS Sierra

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23 minutes ago, Aammppaa said:

Nope - sorry. Affinity uses right mouse as a modifier for various commands on PC. I hate it, as do many others! But not sure whether it will ever change.

Doesn't matter if the context menu pops up, it should be to the side of the mouse, so just left click anyway.

Cool. Thanks for the info. 


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