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Freehand Branches and Control Points

You can manipulate your Branches even further with our Freehand draw mode, this allows you to change the shape of the Branch through control points. This is especially effective when you want to make more creative, playful maps or for Mind Mappers that use a Stylus. 

Please note, Freehand and control points are disabled in “Professional” style map. You can choose what style of Mind Map you create when you open a new Mind Map. You can alter the control points of a box branch, but you cannot draw a freehand box branch. 

 

 Freehand Mode

 Freehand Draw Mode allows you to have full control of new Branches you create, use your mouse or Stylus to draw in any direction, any style and any length you want.

 To access Freehand Mode click on the design tab in the main toolbar.

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Then click on "Branch" to bring up a pop-up menu and click " Freehand".

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Begin to draw a regular branch by dragging the red icon on the branch target menu, either from the central idea or an existing branch. 

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Draw your branch with your mouse, creating curves and wiggles to make your branch interesting.

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Once you are happy with your branch, release the mouse to add your freehand branch to the canvas.

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To turn Freehand mode off, go back to the design tab and click on the branch option instead. 

 

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Control Points

You can use control points on your branches to re-shape existing branches. By default, the control points will not be visible on the canvas.

To make the Control Points visible go to the layout tab on the Main toolbar.

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When Control Points is selected it will be highlighted.

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You can change the location of a Control point by dragging it up or down the Branch. Changing the location of the control points will allow you to manipulate the Branch in different directions.

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 You add more Control points by holding down shift and clicking on the Branch.

Click or hover over the Branch you wish to manipulate, this will turn the dots blue. Then drag each blue anchor point across the Mind Map until you have your desired shape.

Release the mouse to finish.

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To remove a control point, hold the shift button on your keyboard and select the control point you would like to remove. Click on the control point to delete it. Deleting control points will remove the curve at that point of the Branch.

 

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You can manipulate your Branches even further with our Freehand draw mode, this allows you to change the shape of the Branch through control points. This is especially effective when you want to make more creative, playful maps or for Mind Mappers that use a Stylus. 

Please note, Freehand and control points are disabled in “Professional” style map. You can choose what style of Mind Map you create when you open a new Mind Map. You can alter the control points of a box branch, but you cannot draw a freehand box branch. 

 

 Freehand Mode

Freehand Draw Mode allows you to have full control of new Branches you create, use your mouse or Stylus to draw in any direction, any style and any length you want.

 To access Freehand Mode click on the Tools in the main toolbar.

Then click on "Freehand".

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Begin to draw a regular branch by dragging the red icon on the branch target menu, either from the central idea or an existing branch. 

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Draw your branch with your mouse, creating curves and wiggles to make your branch interesting.

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Once you are happy with your branch, release the mouse to add your freehand branch to the canvas.

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To turn Freehand mode off, go back to the design tab and click on the Organic option instead. 

 

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Control Points

You can use control points on your branches to re-shape existing branches. By default, the control points will not be visible on the canvas.

To make the Control Points visible go to the View on the main toolbar and click "Control Points".

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When Control Points is selected there will be a tick next to it.

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You can change the location of a Control point by dragging it up or down the Branch, this will allow you to manipulate the Branch in different directions.

control_points_3.png

You add more Control points by holding down shift and clicking on the Branch.

Click on hover over the Branch you wish to manipulate, this will turn the dots blue. then drag each blue anchor point across the Mind Map until you have your desired shape.

Release the mouse to finish.

control_points_4.png

To remove a control point, hold the shift button on your keyboard and select the control point you would like to remove. Click on the control point to delete it. Deleting control points will remove the curve at that point of the Branch.

 

 

 

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