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Dashed lines in a circle ?
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Sep 30, 2003, 09:23 PM
 
Does anyone happen to know how to do a dotted/dashed circle?

I want to use rectangular shaped dash lines in a circle?

I can't figure this out in photoshop or illustrator?


Thanks for any help! *stumped!*
     
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Sep 30, 2003, 10:16 PM
 
Well lets start with the obvious (and unpercise) answer.

Draw a Circle with the marquee tool and Stroke it under the Edit Menu.
Then you can paint the circle with the background color to create the dashes.

If you have quark, though, this would be a piece of cake.
     
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Oct 1, 2003, 12:05 AM
 


I'm looking for something like that, but bigger.

How the dash lines go around the circle perfectly.



thanks for any help
     
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Oct 1, 2003, 12:49 AM
 
In Illustrator, create a circle and set your fill to blank. Set the stroke to whatever color you want. Go to the stroke pallet to set the thickness of the stroke and select dashed line.

You can play with the length of each dash in the boxes below the dashed line checkbox. The first field is the length of the dash. The second field is the length of the space between the dashes. If you only use the first two fields the dashes and spaces will be uniform all the way around.

You can also select the rounded endpoints for more of a "dot" effect instead of a dashed one.

Hope this helps.
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Oct 1, 2003, 01:28 AM
 
PERFECT! Thanks


For future references ....

is there a way to create a dotted effect around something that's not so standard? Like, doing it around a human body?


thanks for the help !
     
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Oct 1, 2003, 02:06 AM
 
You can use the same technique for any shape with a stroke. Sometimes you have to play with the spacing at the bottom of the stroke pallet to get the right look around sharp corners.

It will also work if you use pathfinder to combine several shapes into one. You will be able to make the dashed line around the entire outline.

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Oct 2, 2003, 01:55 AM
 
Originally posted by badtz:
How the dash lines go around the circle perfectly.
Get the circumference of the circle, then divide by the total number of dashes and spaces you want.

( ( 22 7 ) x width of circle in points ) total number of dashes and spaces

Put the number in as your dash and gap values and they'll line up perfectly.

If you add/remove equal values from the dash and the gap, you can adjust their relative sizes and still keep everything aligned.

(Wrote that one up for the Illustrator Wow! book back in 95 )
     
   
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