NSL WEEK 201- Adobe Illustrator CC “Importance of Minimal Anchor Points”

You always hear “Try to use the least amount of anchor points as possible.” but you never hear why.

There’s many advantages to working with minimal anchor points. Check out the video above to see some examples in action.


Adobe Illustrator Vector Anchor Points
High Anchor Point Count

Mad points for NO reason! For a shape like this you’d need closer to 4 anchor points. You do not want your shapes to look like this. You end up with extra lines of code (CSS, SVG etc), too many poly’s for 3D, bloated/large files, and they are more difficult to edit. They are more difficult to edit because you have so many anchor points to adjust.


Adobe Illustrator
Easier Editing

It’s easier to edit paths with less points.


Adobe Illustrator SVG
SVG Code Comparison

On the left, you see many more lines of code because of all the additional anchor points. On the right you see less code because I cleaned-up the artwork. If you were to export this to 3D, think of those lines of code turning into polygons. You don’t want extra polygons in your 3D projects.


Adobe Illustrator
More Anchor Points

2kb might not sound like much, but this is some very basic artwork. Check out the image below.


Adobe Illustrator SVG
Less Anchor Points

The same shape, with less points, is showing a large drop in file size.


VectorScribe 2 by Astute Graphics


Checkout: SebastianBleak.Tumblr


Twitter: @SebastianBleak #AdobeGrind #NSL  Images looked best on FireFox when this post was created.


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