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Control Handles, Control Points, Direction Handles
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Definition: Special points attached to a node on a Bézier curve that are used to alter the shape and angle of the adjacent curve segment. Stretching the control point manipulates the shape of a curve, rotating the control point manipulates the angle of a curve. The behavior of the control handles is dependent on the type of node it is attached to.

Control handles in action (animation)
By moving the control handles on this path, the path is reshaped.

Also Known As: control points, direction handles, node handles

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