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Like airline routes - arching paths

May 26, 2010 3:52 AM

Hi, I am preparing an illustration/map showing travels and exchanges. It is mostly for illustration, to show off how productive this network is, so it doesn't need to be perfect/detailed.Clipboard01.png


In this ball of yarn each line represents travels. Some go both directions, and some represent multiple people (which I might represent with widths, or by separate parallel lines). Now I am interested in making some of these more arching, somewhat like an airplane route map. Is there any smart/easy way to do that semi-automatically?

 
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    May 26, 2010 5:17 AM   in reply to frax_-L75d7K

    frax,

     

    You should be able to select as many as you like and Effect>Warp>Arch the lot with a modest (Horizontal/Vertical) Bend.

     
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    May 26, 2010 5:59 AM   in reply to frax_-L75d7K

    If you already have the straight lines made, you could make one arching path, save it as an art brush and apply it to selected paths.

     
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    May 26, 2010 6:25 AM   in reply to Dave Wittekind

    The brush is a very good way to go and the warp is a good way to make it as well but you can enhance it if you have CS 5 in a very esy wy using the width tool and the new arrow head device in the stroke panel.

     

    You can also use the arc tool then the width tool then add the arrow head change the proportion of the arrowhead(s) and then turn it into an art brush.

     

    The brush answer above is really and easy way to do this, the warp is a good way to create the arc though the rc tool is as well and the width tool give you an easy way to get that airline route look.

     

    Screen shot 2010-05-26 at 9.20.00 AM.png

     
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    May 26, 2010 6:41 AM   in reply to frax_-L75d7K

    frax,

     

    It may be mentioned that the Arch retains the end Anchor Points inherently and may be used to shape the routes so they appear natural and varied, possibly with different Horizontal/Vertical bends.

     
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    May 26, 2010 8:00 AM   in reply to frax_-L75d7K

    For my part you are welcome, frax.

     

    With so many paths it is difficult to avoid a messy/cluttered appearance, so the simpler means the better, I believe.

     
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