Increase size of anchor points / handles
Anchor points and handles are hard to grab.
On denser displays the problem is amplified.
Hard to grab using stylus.
We have the fix available in the latest release. Please update Illustrator using Adobe Creative Cloud application to the latest build for version Illustrator CC 22.1.
Please refer to our knowledge base FAQ – https://illustrator.uservoice.com/knowledgebase/articles/1844590 if you face difficulty in update.
Or get in touch with us at any of the other support channels – https://helpx.adobe.com/support.html
Ashutosh Chaturvedi | Sr. Quality Engineering Manager – Illustrator
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Maurizio Cattaneo commented
NOW WE ARE TALKING !! Thank you Neeraj, I love you !
I just downloaded and installed the beta and FINALLY I can make the handles BIG and magically working with bezier curves becomes a pleasant experience rather than a frustrating challenge on my nervous system.
There was recently an update to Photoshop and the app has now big and nice handles. Can we just get the exact same for Illustrator please?
Leo Vitalis commented
It seems to be a bug with the tolerance feature. I've tested it with Illustrator 19. 2.1, and it works fine in that older version. The handles are easy to grab, and the tolerance works as it is supposed to - you don't have to be right on top of the handle to grab it. However, in current versions the tolerance seems to be broken. The cursor has to be right on top of the handle, and even then I cannot always grab the point. It may not be a problem with the size of the handles at all, although making them bigger wouldn't hurt either.
It was necessary only to wait 15 years. And then they waited. Thank you for this? I do not think so.
The size of the handles are FAR too tiny to be useful. It should be easy enough to offer a setting where the points are more grabbable. My illustrations take twice as long as they need to because I am constantly re-selecting the item I want, even though I'm right on top of it! Like another reviewer mentioned, my whole body tenses up because it is SO difficult to make a selection. This is for both the point and its handles. Please fix this!
Mark Barron commented
If you try to thread text from small text boxes, the icon to click can overlay on a side anchor point.
You just increased my monthly subscription by $20/month, and yet the concern I've tried MULTIPLE times to bring to your attention has yet to be addressed. For $625 / a year, I cant even get you to make the bezier curve nodes in illustrator big enough to SEE much less USE efficiently. What gives Adobe. Way to take advantage of, abuse and force your loyal clients to look for other options. $625 / year is ABSURD.
All I can say is "me too". I'm actually getting repetitive stress problems because my whole body tenses up when I'm trying to grab the tiny handles and move them. I end up with horrible muscle spasms in my shoulder.
It seems like if the cursor is more than a pixel away from the tiny handle, it won't grab it. And yes, I've changed the tolerance to 8 pixels (the most that's allowed). There has to be a way to fix this!!!
This problem is only getting worse as display density increases. Adobe, please allow users to customize the handle and anchor point sizes to their liking.
This seems like a really easy fix and will make using Illustrator easier
Just now I'm struggling again. Driving me nuts.
One of the last reasons not to switch from my Corel to Illustrator. This should be settled already!
Any update yet on this eternally ignored feature? My eyes are sore and I'm fed up with your disregard for your customers health. Every Adobe Max you are preaching about how you make the tools so easy to use and you ignore for years the most basic requirements for a decent user experience forcing our eyes to look at minuscule points on the screen and our hands to make precision ballet to be able to grab your anchor points.
There have been complaints about this for YEARS. Why? Adobe?
Yogesh, I've been getting my eyesight tired because of Illustrator's microscopic handles for years. Do you think you can speed things up? Otherwise I'm looking forward more and more to switch to Affinity Designer just because of this.
The anchor points and handles are really hard to see and I don't like the way the developers made the software. Please give us the options to actually increase the size. Even with my bad sight they're still really hard to see
The anchor points and handles are quite hard to see, even when you zoom in on a point (though the anchors and handles decrease in size with your zoom). I believe being able to control the size of anchor points and handles would help make them more user friendly, especially for those with poor eyesight/glasses/contacts.
I feel like bigger anchors would get in the way, but why not have a circle pop up around the anchor point when hovering over it that creates a 'safe zone' for clicking inside. As soon as the circle or outline pops up for the anchor point, clicking anywhere inside it will grab the anchor point. I swear this feature already exists in other applications.
Additionally, it may also help to have a tiny popup when direct selecting anchor points that shows what number of anchor points were selected in that zone. Not only would it help us to know whether we need to zoom in further to select the correct one (or delete extras), but it would also clue us in to any directly overlapping anchors that we weren't aware of.
Please, please PLEASE do something about the Anchor Point & Handle Display nodes when working with the bezier tool. I am a freelance graphic designer. It has gotten to the point where its affecting my work and my ability to work. I’ve literally had to just get up and walk away from working on design jobs out of complete and utter frustration and anger. The amount of times I have to RETRY to select the node handle, to get it to move when & where I want it, to select the singular node handle and not the whole graphic, even though Im clicking on what LOOKS like the node handle since it is utterly SO SMALL even at the LARGEST setting AVAILABLE, it still just ends up not being the correct pin point spot, so I then I have hit undo over and over and over and over again. Im at my wits end. I do not understand why the handles need to be sooooooooooo small, with no options to make them larger and more accessible WITHOUT having to completely ZOOM IN & ZOOM OUT all day!!??!! This is %100 affecting productivity, my creativity, my mood, and literally my sanity at this point. PLEASE, Im BEGGING you to make the Anchor Point & Handle Display options more user friendly.
Thank You. My mouse buttons thank you as well.
Dean Jones commented
I have mentioned this MANY times. This is a huge pain **********. On my screen right now, the anchors must be about .015" in size. I can't even tell where they are other than I know where to look.