How do you edit an existing spline?


#1

I draw a tree branch as a spline. Now it’s two minutes later, and I want to

  • Move the whole branch up a bit. Not talking about animation, here; I drew it in the wrong place, I want it over THERE.
  • Make the line the spline is drawn in a little thicker.
  • Change either the fill color, or the line color.
  • Stretch the thing, AS A WHOLE… the branch wasn’t long enough or something.

Is there a simple way to do these things?


#2

First make sure you are not in Animate mode, this button should be green:
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Activate the Arrow tool (highlighted in red):
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Select the layer:
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Select the handles (click-drag to select them all or press Ctrl+a):
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Click on one of the selected handles and drag to move:
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Scaling is done similarly, but instead using the Scale tool:
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Select all the handles and then click drag using the Scale tool:
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If you want to stretch it only horizontally, then you’ll need to uncheck the Lock Aspect Ratio button in tool options:
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#3

I see. I had gotten as far as selecting the appropriate layer, but missed the “drag and select all of the spline handles” step. Is there anything that you CAN do to a spline when it is selected, but the handles are not? If not, it would be a useful enhancement to select all of the handles when selecting the spline…


#4

Well, individual handles can be moved without first selecting them, so if the user is just editing the shape of the spline itself (rather than moving/scaling it as a whole) then having all handles selected by default would get in the way.

What would be useful would be to have one tool for shape editing and another for moving/scaling/rotating shapes as a whole (ie. like Inkscape).