How to simplify a shape in Illustrator

When working in Adobe Illustrator you may encounter complex shapes (which have many points).

Simplifying such a shape will make it easier to work with and help Illustrator run more smoothly.

So, how to simplify the number of points in a form? Here’s a quick solution.

This is how it is done:

With the document window

  1. Open your Illustrator project file
  2. Select or create the shape that you want to simplify.
  3. Right-click on the shape and choose «Simplify».
  4. Adjust the level of complexity of the shape and the total number of points using the sliding option.

In the menu bar

  1. Open your Illustrator project file
  2. Select or create the shape that you want to simplify.
  3. In the top menu bar, select Object > Plot > Simplify > Simplify.
  4. Adjust the level of complexity of the shape and the total number of points using the sliding option.
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