Edit Points, Paths + Handles
Create Shapes + Corners
VectorScribe is a plug-in that seamlessly integrates into Adobe Illustrator. Made up of a diverse range of our most useful tools it holds the record as our most popular plug-in.
Think of it like a vector Swiss army knife that helps you edit vectors, create shapes, corners and measurements.
Points, Paths + Handles
Effortlessly reduce file size and make artwork easier to edit by removing excess points, using our three dedicated tools. Either let the Smart Removal Brush automatically remove points with a pressure sensitive brush action, or use the PathScribe panel to Smart Remove Selected Points or Remove Duplicate Points. Both intelligently remove points with one press of a button whilst working hard to maintain the path shape.
Checkout our most popular blog post: 9 Ways to Reduce File Size
Extend Paths / Reposition Points (new)
Highly requested from designers, the Reposition Point Tool allows you to slide a point along a path whilst working to maintain the path shape, with annotations to show you the optimal clockwork point placement.
Another favorite particularly with typographers, fashion designers and technical illustrators is the Extend Path Tool, which allows designers to extend or trim paths to exact lengths or intersections.
These stand alone tools both work in the same way, simply click 'n drag your chosen point.
Path Editing + The Clockwork Method
Easily accessible via the PathScribe panel, accomplish difficult vector editing with ease. Many of these features are perfect for those who use the Clockwork Method.
Points + Paths
- Easily Reshape Paths by Dragging [Ghost Handles]
- Auto/Manually Move/Add Points to Tangencies [clockwork method]
- Add Points to Paths with specific spacing
- Split/Close/Reverse Paths
- Connect a Curve to a Straight Line Smoothly [Connector Mode]
- Change Between Smooth + Corner Points
- Show + Select Handles on Selected Paths
- Select Opposite Handles
- Edit Single/Multiple Handles
- Retract/Swap Handles
- Copy + Paste Handles
Shapes + Corners
Create + Edit Shapes
Use one tool to create a wide range of shapes from squares, gears to hearts. Enter specific values into the Dynamic Shapes panel or simply click 'n drag the shape annotations to edit segments and sides, true shape origin, height, width and diameter, corner radius and slice angles.
Compatible with text areas, clipping masks, within Live Paint artwork and can have live Effects applied to them whilst remaining dynamic. One press of a button converts all basic geometric shapes to/from dynamic.
Apply and edit corners interactively on any path or dynamic shape or even apply to straight and curve path segments (dynamic or not). With Dynamic Corners being its own tool you have maximum control over which corners to edit. To make changes either click n'drag the annotations or enter values in the panel.
Corner types: standard rounded, negative and chamfered
Ideal for fashion designers, cartographers and technical illustrators the Dynamic Measure Tool allows quick and accurate measurements, with the option to convert into artwork.
All measurements from simple lengths, angles and path area to distances along path remain dynamic, removing any guesswork and tedious calculations.
Not yet ready to upgrade to v3?
Any VectorScribe v2 customers who do not wish to upgrade to VectorScribe v3 at present, can still download our latest free plug-in DirectPrefs. However, you will need to untick VectorScribe on the installer (as shown right) to ensure that version 2 remains available in Illustrator.
Never forget a shortcut again with this handy printable cheat sheet for VectorScribe v3!
Never Fear! Artwork created with our tools is perfectly readable and editable in Adobe Illustrator by non-Astute Graphics users. Clients will think you've spent hours labouring over that skilful design!
The artwork below was created using VectorScribe.