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Direct Selection Tool, Path Features, Editing Points and Joining Lines

Jason Hoppe

Adobe Illustrator on the iPad

Jason Hoppe

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6. Direct Selection Tool, Path Features, Editing Points and Joining Lines
Using the Direct Selection Tool to move points, edit corners, convert corners from smooth to corner points, join open ends together and use the Smart Delete and Simplify path features.

Lesson Info

Direct Selection Tool, Path Features, Editing Points and Joining Lines

Now let's talk about our direct selection tool. Okay, are direct selection Tool allows us to select a shape and allows us to go in and select individual points on the shape to begin thio. Edit these shapes independently. Okay, now there's a faster way to get the direct selection tool, and it's really cool if you are working with your selection tool and you click on an object and you'd like to get your direct selection tool. Sure, you could go click on your direct selection tool. Or you can simply double click on your own grouped shape. You'll see it converts automatically to the direct selection tool it shows you right up here. There it is, and now you can go in and you can directly select any point or any handle or any corner on your shape. When you're in the direct selection tool, you'll notice that you get a totally different contextual menu down below. So I double clicked on my own grouped circle. It got me into directs election mode and all my points or solid blue. So when I move ...

this around, my entire circle is going to move. If I touch one of those points again. You'll see that the white circles air now not active. A dark blue anchor is going to be active and I can then move this around and kind of create like an egg shape. OK, well, under here, I've got all these little icons. Well, what I can do here is I can take this corner handle r the smooth handle because I've got the smooth anchor point. I should say X has got the handles coming out. And I can use this convert anchor point feature to take my circle that I made into an egg and converted into a water droplet by going in and pulling the handles out, basically creating a corner point. Okay, I can go back, and I can convert it to a smooth point that has handles coming out. I could also use the little scissor tool and click on it, and the path has been cut. Doesn't look like anything's happened here, So let's go back in, select the object double click again to get back to my direct selection tool. And now I'm going to click on just at one point and I'm gonna move and you can see that That anchor point has actually been cut right there. So what happens when I cut an anchor point here? Well, that just allows me to open my shape up and move those ends around if I'd like to go, and I'd like to join those two ends together, going to use my direct selection tool on directly select both of those points, and I'm going to use my joint function here to join those points together. Okay, that's pretty cool. So double click on that one point and you'll notice when I double click on an existing point here That will also give me my convert as well. So that's kind of cool. Okay, I like that feature. We also have this other feature here. This little X right here. And this is crazy. Cool. Check this out. I've got my little shape right here that I've worked on, and I've kind of pulled the handles to kind of create this nice little shape. If I click on a point and I use this smart delete feature, it will delete that point along the path there and try to keep the shape as accurate as possible. So have you ever worked on a shape where you've got points and you're like, Oh, gosh, I've got a lot of points. I'd like to take them out in the desktop version of Illustrator. You do that and it just simply just changes the line here. It tries to keep it as close as possible. That's a really cool thing. Let me just undo that. I'm just gonna go ahead and I'm going to take my little finger here, and I'm going to tap a couple times and bring it back there. It ISS Okay, So now if I click on these and I kind of curve the shape back here, There we go. I go when I click on this point right here. Use my smart delete. Look at that. I love that feature. Very cool, right? Very cool. When I'm done with the direct selection tool, I can either click that done up here or just simply go back and touch the selection tool and get my object right back. Now, I'm using a combination of both the pen and my finger to Okay, so I switch hands left and right is I'm working depending on where I'm going. Where I'm doing, and sometimes it's just nice to be able to just touch with your finger. In most cases, you just touch their tools and it's gonna activate the tools very well.

Class Description


  • Navigate and understand the Illustrator interface
  • Draw shapes, lines, and freeform sketch
  • Add color and gradients to your creations
  • Work with the powerful type tools and an extensive list of fonts
  • Share and export your work and stream your creative process


Create, illustrate, and build your creative ideas, logos, and graphics on the iPad with your Apple pencil. This newly-released app is filled with features such as creating patterns with the Repeat feature, expansive type options, easy to navigate and use touch interface, and the ability to live-stream your creative process.

Use on the go, at your desk, or wherever creativity comes to you, the Illustrator on the iPad makes creating fun and portable.


  • Beginners
  • Creative people who want the simplicity and flexibility of the iPad
  • People who use Illustrator on the desktop


Adobe Illustrator for the iPad (V1.0)


An Adobe® Certified Expert and Adobe® Certified Instructor, Jason Hoppe has accrued more than 20 years’ experience in high-end production training, photo retouching, color correction, and creative workflow management. In fact, Jason has been performing high-end electronic production since the industry’s inception. Also during this time, Jason has taught prepress and electronic design to hundreds of Seattle-based creative professionals and aspiring designers in a variety of settings, including one-on-one tutoring, classroom instruction, live webcasting, and large group training. He currently teaches the Adobe® Creative Suite at The School of Visual Concepts, Luminous Works, and Seattle Central College, an Adobe MAX Master and was the founding Instructor at CreativeLive.

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Raina Beutel

This course gave a great overview of the program tools and functions. Definitely a 101 level - best for someone with zero Illustrator experience, which is why I benefited so much from it. Thoroughly explained and perfect pace! Thank you very much! Looking forward to a future intermediate/advanced level class someday, to learn even more tricks and tips. :-)

Sara Chang

This is very helpful and exciting, thank you, Jason!

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