Join Mordy Golding for an in-depth discussion in this video Creating perfect dashed lines, part of Illustrator CS5 New Features.
When it comes to applying Strokes in Illustrator, we have several different…settings that we can apply to adjust the appearance of that Stroke.…One of those setting is something called the Dashed setting.…Really, what the Dashed setting does is it turns a Stroke on and off at intervals…to make it appear as if the Stroke is broken, or a Dashed Line.…However, because dash lines use precise measurements, you can often get…unsatisfactory results.…To demonstrate what I mean, I am going to create a new document here, just a…blank document, and I am going to draw a rectangle on my artboard.…
Let me open up my Stroke panel.…In fact, I'll bring the Stroke panel out over here so we can take a better look at it.…I'll increase the Stroke Weight somewhat, to around 6 point.…Next, I'll turn on the Dashed Line setting.…Illustrator provides me with three groupings of dashes and gaps.…The dash refers to the visible part of the Stroke, and the gap refers to the…part of the Stroke that is missing.…The way that Illustrator works that if you specify just one dash and one gap,…
- Creating complex art from basic shapes with the Shape Builder tool
- Transforming flat artwork using perspective grids and vanishing points
- Creating variable-width strokes
- Controlling dashed line length, corners, and gaps
- Creating original brushes using the Brushes panel
- Adding arrowheads to strokes
- Creating web-ready graphics, text, and slices
- Integrating with Flash Catalyst
Skill Level Intermediate
Q: In the “Mapping flat artwork to perspective grids” video, directions for moving a box in a perpendicular direction say to use the Tilde key. However, upon attempting to move the box using this method, the box continues to move in the same plane, not in a perpendicular fashion. Is the technique in the video incorrect?
A: Adobe changed this keyboard shortcut just before the final release. The shortcut is the "5" key. The video tutorial has been updated to reflect this.