Enhanced Smooth Tool in Illustrator Desktop
The Smooth Tool in Ai desktop has been enhanced and allows for an intuitive and easy application. The highlights of this enhancement include:
• New and Improved algorithm
• Simplified UI (proposed)
• Allows for a local and a global selection
• Check out Auto-smoothen
Please give it a try and we look forward for your feedback.
I appreciate you adding this tool. I have a couple of issues with this new beta Object > Path > Smooth command/"Smoothing HUD", one minor and one major:
1) The user interface is too small and simple, and doesn't have the option to open an advanced panel like the Simplify tool does. The UI doesn't offer any feedback like telling you the before/after number of anchor points or having an option to show the pre-smoothed lines behind. And you can't type in the smooth % you want - you have to use the slider, which is hard to use and laggy, and sometimes it skips numbers (i.e. one time I used it I couldn't get it to 7% - it kept jumping between 6% and 8% no matter how carefully I moved my mouse).
2) My major issue with it is that, although its results look better than the current Simplify tool, it still doesn't create truly-smooth paths. For more detail on what I mean, see this Adobe Discussion thread I posted, including replies and attached files: https://community.adobe.com/t5/illustrator-discussions/i-need-pre-2019-object-gt-path-gt-simplify-functionality/m-p/14117484#M382110
Overall, I would prefer it if you'd also (or instead) reintroduce the pre-2019 version of the Simplify tool, which was awesome.
I'd be more than happy to discuss this further with someone from Adobe.
(note: I submitted a similar comment via the What's new in Beta > Rate Features dialog)
Pankaj Tripathi commented
yes, auto-smooth function looks great
Eric Garcia commented
how do i get out of the hand tool ? I dsont know how it turned on and i dont know how to change it back to the arrow
I am checking it in the latest Beta, and I don’t think it’s a major difference.
Ai still does not highlight the portion of a path that is going to be smoothed while you hold the mouse button/pen down, and there is no way to definitely make targeted point just vanish.
If you are done with it and take no more feedback, it’s fine. But if there is still room for improvement, I’d live to have more feedback on it. Like why do we have to release the key to see the result in the first place?