How to "link" two nodes?


#1

I’ve noticed when looking at some fonts that the S often has two nodes on a path across the length of the diagonal. These nodes appear to be linked in some way. When I drag one around, it doesn’t behave like a normal node and the path extends in a direct line to the other “linked” node. They are both curve nodes but the line between them is always straight. I have a short clip of the behavior here.

How can I get nodes to behave in this way? I’ve searched the forum and manual and can’t seem to find any mention of this behavior.


#2

Those are smooth nodes. You change that by double clicking on the node or select it and press enter.


#3

Thanks for the reply, Georg. Yes, I realized they were smooth nodes but they don’t act like any smooth node I was familiar with. However, I just figured out how to replicate the behavior. By deleting the anchor points between the two nodes, they automatically become blue square “corner” nodes. If I then convert those nodes back to smooth nodes by selecting them and hitting enter, they both become smooth nodes without the anchor points between them.


#4

A smooth node can represent a curve, as you were previously used to (with an off-curve node on either side), or a tangent (which is what you were seeing here, staying in alignment with the other on-curve and off-curve nodes). fyi.