updated on 14 January 2019 | reading time: 3 minutes

Basics

Anchor points

Anchor points in Gravit Designer come in six variations or “joint” types.
Four of these are readily visible in the Appearance section of Inspector panel when you select one with the Subselect tool D.

 

Straight joint

Shown as a small square on canvas. A “pointed” or “sharp” corner.

  • By default, it has no anchor point direction handles, but this can be changed by dragging the nearby path directly with the Subselect tool.
  • Drawn with a click of the Pen tool.
  • Double-clicking on a Straight anchor point will convert it to an Asymmetric joint.

Mirrored joint

Shown as a small circle on canvas. Smooth, same (symmetrical) curvature on both sides of the point.

  • Anchor point handles remain aligned and the same lengths.
  • Drawn by dragging with the Pen tool and then change the joint type to Mirrored in Inspector panel

Disconnected joint

hown as a small circle on canvas. Can have different curvature on either side of the point.

  • Drawn by dragging with the Pen tool and then / ALT  click to change the path direction. Also can be drawn by clicking on the point while still using the pen tool (the mouse cursor will change to indicate that there will be a change in the joint type)
  • Anchor point handles can have different directions and different lengths.
  • Double-clicking on a Disconnected anchor point will convert it to an Auto Asymmetric joint and double-clicking again will convert it back again.

Asymmetric joint

Shown as a small circle on canvas. Curved but not symmetric, can have different curvature on either side of the point.

  • Anchor point handles remain aligned but can be different lengths.
  • Drawn by dragging with the Pen tool

Connector joint

Shown as a small diamond on canvas. A “tangent” joint, continuing a straight segment. This type of joint ensures always a smooth transition from a straight line to a curve.

  • Cannot be drawn directly with the Pen tool P
  • To create: select an anchor point at the end of a straight segment, then use the drop-down list in the Inspector panel

Auto joint

Shown as a small diamond on canvas. Auto-adjusts to changes around it to maintain the curvature settings. The “Bezigon point”. To create: convert a joint to straight then Mirrored or Asymmetric.

  • Cannot be drawn directly with the Pen tool, but an auto joint can be drawn by / ALT clicking with the Bezigon tool. Double-clicking on a Disconnected anchor point will convert it to an Auto Asymmetric joint and double-clicking again will convert it back again.

You can change the position of the anchor point by changing its X & Y coordinates in the Appearance section of Inspector panel when an Anchor is selected.