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Broken Lines and Dashes
Show how to create dotted lines or dashes from a stroked path.
When to use
You can use dashes and broken lines to create a greater variety of lines or to make lines that can be used as borders in your designs.
- Open the Broken Lines and Dashes - Exercise.ai file and then switch to your Pen Tool (P).
- With a black stroke and no fill color, create four lines on your artboard - these can be straight or curved lines.
- Select your first line and open the Stroke Panel from the right side of the interface.
- Check off the option to create a dashed line and experiment with different dash and gap values to see how it affects the line.
- To create a dotted line you can enter values such as dash 0 and gap 10 repeated for each field. (Make sure you also have a rounded cap and corner selected)
- Select your second line and try adding an arrowhead to both sides.
- You can modify the scale of the arrowheads to make them the same, or you can unlink the start and end arrowheads to change them independently of one another.
- Select your next line and try modifying the profile of the line to see what the different options look like.
- Select your forth line and change the profile before selecting the Width Tool (Shift+W) to modify the line further.
- If you were creating an invitation or any kind of layout design, modifying your strokes could be a very easy and quick way to customize lines that can be used as borders or decorative elements.
- You can combine dashed lines with other tools such as the Rotate Tool in order to create an even greater variety of shapes.
- Changing the weight of a line once it has parameters set for the dashes will change the appearance and can make things appear like they are closer together. In order to compensate for this you may need to increase the values in the gap settings.
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