Lock angle of bezier handles (hotkey-selectable)
When drawing with the pen tool, it would be very helpful to be able to lock the angle of the control point handles when drawing the next segment.
The function works well for the existing fixed snap angles (90-deg, etc) but I would love to have a hotkey to temporarily lock the existing (arbitrary) angle of the point as I draw the next segment.
Currently, I find it too easy to destroy a perfectly placed curve while drawing the next segment--particularly when the in- and out- handles have dramatically different lengths.
It has criminally little votes.
I’d suggest something like holding Ctrl to enable this. Feels like a good mnemonic rule to me, 'Control the angle!' :)
Meanwhile I know of the paid plugin that does this but in a different way, InkScribe by AstuteGraphics. It feels different than the Pen but is considered to be a much better alternative by some users. It also fixes other issues the Pen has.
Jan Vork commented
When drawing a smooth bezier anchor point, the control handles are initially equal in length. When adjusting the length of one of the handles, it would be of great help when the current angle could be locked with a modifier key. Otherwise it is allmost impossible to maintain the angle while adjusting the length of a handle. (at the moment this only works for the constrain angles)