How to turn a path with straight lines into a curved path automatically in Illustrator?
I know how to do this manually, but I need an automatic way (either a script or just a command in Illustrator).
Here's a line like the one I mean. Notice how it's all made of straight lines (The blue dots are the anchor points):
How can I turn this into a true curve easily?
Note that I have all of Adobe Creative Cloud at my disposal, so if there is a tool in Fireworks, Photoshop, or anything else that can help, it is still relevant.
You can try
Object > Path > Simplify and adjust the Curve Precision and Angle Threshold settings to perhaps get a curve.
There's no straightforward method, which I'm aware of, other than this.
There's also the
Smooth tool if you prefer a more hands-on approach. Rub it over a selected path, and it smooths it where you rub. If it doesn't smooth enough, keep rubbing.
Double-click the tool icon to set how closely the smoothed line sticks to the original (
fidelity) and how strong the smoothing is each time (
A nice additional feature of the smooth tool is, it only applies to paths and points that are selected. So, if there are parts of a path you want to stay exactly how they are, and parts you want smoothed, you can select just the points you want to be smoothed then use the smooth tool.