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Hello, I'd simply like to draw parallel curves (i.e. constant distance between my two curves). But I still can't find the way to. Any idea ? Thanks for answer. Yves...

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    Default Parallel curves ?

    Hello,
    I'd simply like to draw parallel curves (i.e. constant distance between my two curves). But I still can't find the way to. Any idea ?
    Thanks for answer.

    Yves
    missenard_yves@adobeforums.com Guest

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    Missenard,

    One way to do this would be to draw a curve, give it a heavy stroke, expand, ungroup, then remove unwanted line segments.

    =-= Harron =-=
    Harron_K._Appleman@adobeforums.com Guest

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    Hmm, works, but then you would need a centerline. still, never thought of that!
    Alex_F@adobeforums.com Guest

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    After ungrouping, you should be able to delete the center path.

    Also, the last step, more accurately, should be "remove unwanted fills and line segments."
    Harron_K._Appleman@adobeforums.com Guest

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    Another way is to draw the path with a heavy stroke, outline it, change fill to stroke, erase a bit of each end line joining the curves, and delete the new anchor points.
    Jacob_Bugge@adobeforums.com Guest

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    I guess it's really true, nobody reads the first post.
    B. Philippus Guest

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    Of course it is true. No one reads posts #6&7 either, so I may put it here: there is a difference between expand and outline, no centre line to remove with the latter.
    Jacob_Bugge@adobeforums.com Guest

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    Jacob,

    ...no centre line to remove with the latter.




    Really? Take a look in outline mode.

    But, yes, I agree with you. Although, in this case, they may be functionally equivalent, expand and outline stroke are not exactly the same. I think I like your way better.

    That was good for a laugh, though.

    =-= Harron =-=
    Harron_K._Appleman@adobeforums.com Guest

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    Really? Take a look in outline mode




    only if the path had a fill. otherwise, no centerline.

    Bert
    B. Philippus Guest

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    Aha...
    Harron_K._Appleman@adobeforums.com Guest

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    1. Rectangle tool. Draw a small rectangle. No fill. Simple stroke.

    2. DirectSelect left and right segments. Delete.

    3. Drag the remainder to the Brushes Palette. Chose New Art Brush.

    4. Draw a curvey path. Apply the Brush. Change the stroke weight of the spine path to adjust the scaling of the parallel lines.

    Works for curvey paths. Yields goofy overlaps at sharp corners. (They can be cleaned up by Expanding Appearance, followed by Trim Pathfinder. Then delete unwanted segments.)

    JET
    James_Talmage@adobeforums.com Guest

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    Wow, many and quicky answers, thanks guys ! Ok, I think the last one is the best (answer 10) ; I have found it too yesterday evening, works great. I hadn't any idea on how to clean the overlaps, but thanks to James, that's ok.
    Thanks again

    Yves
    missenard_yves@adobeforums.com Guest

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    Who said I didn't read the first answer ? :)))))))
    Thanks you all.

    Yves
    missenard_yves@adobeforums.com Guest

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    Also, of course, you can make any type of line or arc, establish it's center point, then Control C copy, then Control F paste in front, then hold down Shift to constrain and make the arc or line any size you wish in relationg to the original and center and it's parallel and proper ratio to original, inside or outside or compound.

    Bob
    BobHill@adobeforums.com Guest

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    Michael,

    Yes, indeed. Offset path would be another way to do this. Thank you.

    =-= Harron =-=
    Harron_K._Appleman@adobeforums.com Guest

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    Object -> Path -> Offset Path
    Simply wonderful :)
    Unregistered Guest

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