Adobe Inc. (San Jose, CA)
Digital graphics editing systems can be used to create and edit visual objects like digitally-created images, digital photographs as well as digital animations and more. Some common graphics editing techniques manipulatefundamental Bezier shapes (e.g., Bezier circles) to generate higher-order vector geometries. Multiple Bezier shapes can be combined to make more complicated shapes, such as. But, the traditional systems for joining Bezier shapes have a number of issues. Conventional graphics systems employ the manual “cut-and-join” operation to open shapes and join them on the cut points. These join and cut operations however, are complicated and require extensive user input.
For joining two Bezier circles with conventional graphics systems, one must be able to identify the cut points on each circle then select and remove the regions to be eliminated and then apply numerous manually applied “pathjoins” between the two circles in order to join the two circles. The joined circles are typically visually uneven in the joins, and thus the user may need to perform several manual path manipulations in order to achieve the desired visual appearance, for instance by manipulating edit handles within the joint region of the circles to smooth the joined region. In addition in the case of Bezier forms, cuts and joins will not always ensure conformance to Bezier continuity, such as C0 or C1continuity.
Joining shapes using conventional graphic editing software can turn out to be a burden not just for the user but also for system resources. For instance joining shapes to create a desired visual appearance will require users to perform a variety of manual interactions with such systems to attempt to generate and edit a desired shape. Furthermore, the lack of ability to apply edits to a generated shape further exacerbates this problem. This creates an unsatisfactory user experience, but also consumes the resources of the system (e.g., processor bandwidth, memory connectivity, network bandwidth, and so on) that are used to manually join and edit multiple shapes.
In a digital media environment the process of joining shapes is based on proximity. The described graphicseditor system, for example, can be used to ease the strain on resource of the user and system by automatically detecting the proximity of shapes. It also facilitates automated joining of shapes when shapes are within a specific threshold distance. The described processes automatically calculate join geometry and apply it to connect the shapes. Thus, utilizing the described techniques the shapes of different geometrical shapes are joined automatically. It is also possible to edit and transform joined shapes in a variety of ways.
This Summary provides a handful of concepts that are simplified. The concepts are discussed in depth in the Detailed Description. In this way, the Summary is not designed to highlight the most important features of the claimed subject matter, nor is itintended to serve to determine the extent of the claimed subject matter.Click here to view the patent on USPTO website.
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