About the Contour Editor Tool Modes

When you select the Contour Editor tool, its properties and options appear in the Tool Properties view.

Lasso and Marquee Modes

When selecting artwork, you can use the Lasso mode to make a freehand selection or the Marquee mode to make a rectangular selection.

TIP You can press and hold the Alt key to temporarily switch from the selected mode to the other.

Snap to Contour Mode

When enabled, moving the control point in a contour near another contour will snap that control point against that contour. This will lock the point and the contour together, and moving the control point will deform the contour.

This option can be especially useful if you need to makes the edges of two shapes snap together, like so:

You can also use this option to make a control point snap against another control point, allowing you to join lines together.

NOTE When a control point is snapped against a contour or another control point in your drawing, the Contour Editor will manipulate them together. However, even if you make a point in one drawing stroke snap against another drawing stroke, they will remain separate drawing strokes unless they are flattened together, and you will still be able to manipulate them individually with the Select tool.