Hello all -- I'm a longtime AI user shifting to CorelDRAW (X7). I'm still getting used to it and have a question about the pen tool.
I want to use the pen tool to make a curve with independent control handles, so the node will be a cusp. I try to do this:
1) With pen tool, single click on canvas to make a node
2) Click and hold elsewhere on canvas to make a second node and drag out control handles
3) Alt-click the node to change it to a cusp
4) Hold and drag on the second node to get the 2nd control handle independent of the 1st control handle
When I try to do step 4, the 2nd control handle is always tangent to the 1st control handle. As a result, the node is smooth, not cusp.
Is there a way to do this without breaking my workflow? The only way I've found is to switch to Shape Builder tool, convert the second curve to a curve, then drag out the 2nd control handle. But this is time consuming.
A picture of what I'm talking about is attached
Have you tried pressing the "C" key to change the node to be a cusp?
No Alt+click required.
Similarly, pressing the "S" key can change the node from the default symmetrical to smooth. If the node is already smooth, then "S" can change it to symmetrical.
Thanks for the reply. I am with you up to step 4. On step 4, how to drag the 2nd control point with the pen tool? When I try dragging the 2nd control point, it creates an extra node with handles.
Are you releasing the mouse button anywhere along the way?
In the steps I listed, the mouse button goes down in step 1, and doesn't get released until step 5.
Awesome. This is what I was looking for. Thanks!