Aspire 9 How to change a point to a smooth point?

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Aspire 9 How to change a point to a smooth point?

Postby Dave Van » Sat Feb 17, 2018 10:39 pm

Is there something different in Aspire 9 that won't let me change a point do a smooth point? I traced a piece of clip art and all the nodes are black. It didn't trace perfectly so there are sharp points. I used the "fit curves to selected vectors" tool but it still won't let me change any of the black nodes to blue. What am I missing? Thanks! -- Dave
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Re: Aspire 9 How to change a point to a smooth point?

Postby mtylerfl » Sun Feb 18, 2018 2:46 am

You should be able to change the "black points" to smooth "blue" ones by doing the following when in Node Edit mode...


1) Hover your mouse cursor over the point and press the letter "s" on your computer keypad

Or

2) Right-click on the point and select Smooth Point

Or

3) Lasso-select a bunch of points, then press the letter "s" to make all of the selected points smooth all at once
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Re: Aspire 9 How to change a point to a smooth point?

Postby Dave Van » Mon Feb 19, 2018 5:34 am

Thank you! I agree with all your suggestions. Looks like the procedure hasn't changed between V8.5 and V9. That's really what I wondered.

The operative word is "should". It should work that way. I've been node editing that way for years. This is the first file I've worked on since upgrading from V8.5 to V9. I don't know if something happened or if it was just that one file. I'll try again in the next couple days and if I still have problems I will download again to see if that helps. Thanks again for your help!
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Re: Aspire 9 How to change a point to a smooth point?

Postby Rcnewcomb » Mon Feb 19, 2018 7:41 am

Dave,
If the node is connected to an arc the "smooth" option isn't available. Change the arc to a bezier or line and then you will have the option to smooth a point.
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Re: Aspire 9 How to change a point to a smooth point?

Postby martin54 » Mon Feb 19, 2018 9:12 am

I have had something similar happen a couple of times, black node didn't seem to select until I had zoomed in a bit, don't know if it has anything to do with the snapping distance as mine is set to quite a small value :lol: :lol:
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Re: Aspire 9 How to change a point to a smooth point?

Postby Adrian » Mon Feb 19, 2018 9:59 am

With the fit curves tool there are some vectors that won't convert to Beziers. It's an internal tolerance issue that has been around for a while. Deleting a couple of nodes or changing the size of the shape by a thousandth or so normally corrects it.
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Re: Aspire 9 How to change a point to a smooth point?

Postby mtylerfl » Mon Feb 19, 2018 2:21 pm

Rcnewcomb wrote:Dave,
If the node is connected to an arc the "smooth" option isn't available. Change the arc to a bezier or line and then you will have the option to smooth a point.


Yes, good point Randall! I should have alerted him about that that, too.
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Re: Aspire 9 How to change a point to a smooth point?

Postby c1nel1 » Mon Feb 19, 2018 5:38 pm

I have been having trouble with node editing also. Got use to the way node editing preformed in Aspire 4 and it's not the same in either 8 or 9.
I have both Aspire 4 and 9, when node editing in Aspire 4 I have no trouble deleting a single node without enlarging. But in 9 it seems random until the vector is enlarged. I've sent this into support and they said they would look into it.
Has anyone else had the same troubles?
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Re: Aspire 9 How to change a point to a smooth point?

Postby Adrian » Mon Feb 19, 2018 6:41 pm

Make sure that the node you're trying to delete/change is not a node where the handle is overlapping/very close to it. That can lead to issues as you think you're on the node but you're not you're on the handle instead and zooming in increases the gap.
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Re: Aspire 9 How to change a point to a smooth point?

Postby Dave Van » Mon Feb 19, 2018 8:33 pm

Wow - your suggestions are a tremendous help. Zooming helps, and I did have a line connected to an arc. Changing all to bezier curves helps. And it's a good reminder to watch for nodes that look like points. That wasn't my problem here but I have run into that in the past. I'll bet snapping and tighter tolerances do make clicking on nodes more difficult in Aspire 9. All of life is a balancing act and I think Vectric does an amazing job of balancing technical proficiency with user friendliness. Thank you all for jumping in here! -- Dave
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