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How can i achieve this circle that has vertical soft-rounded dash?

Mar 8, 2013 9:18 PM

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I want to know how to make the VERTICAL soft rounded dash.

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    Mar 8, 2013 10:01 PM   in reply to chemun2wong
    1. Draw a single line change the stroke thickness and add caps
    2. Drag out two guides to make it easy to find the center of your circle.
    3. Select the rotate tool.
    4. Hold down the alt and shift keys then click once where the guides cross this sets the pivot point
    5. Now for the math 360 degrees/# of objects = rotational degrees (meaning how many degrees until next object around the circle)
    6. Type in the answer in the angle box of the rotation tool dialog box
    7. Click the copy button
    8. Hold down the ctrl key while selecting the d key on keyboard and repeat until circle is finished.
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    Mar 9, 2013 12:40 AM   in reply to Silkrooster

    Way too much work Silk


    1. Add a stroke.


    2. Tick the Dashed Line box. Enter 0.5pt for the first dash field and whatever you want for the first gap field.


    3. Change the stroke weight to change the size of the hash marks.




    The stroke weight controls the lenght of the tick marks.

    The first dash field controls the thickness of the tick marks.

    The first gap field control the sapce between ticks.


    You can then use Object > Expand Appearance

    Then Object > Expand

    and finally Effect > Stylize > Round Corners to round the ends of the tick marks.

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    Mar 9, 2013 1:49 AM   in reply to chemun2wong

    Chemun Wong (or is it Wong Chemun?),


    To get dashes to fit nicely all the way round (instead of too much/little gap where it meets itself, probably at the rightmost Anchor Point), you will (probably) need to use the free Adjust Dashes script available here:



    A third way for a specific even number of rounded lines/dashes, is to:


    1) Create a vertical line with Round Caps and the desired length and assumed (dash) width;

    2) Move a copy vertically down by the desired radius and Group the two;

    3) Effect>Distort>Distort & Transform>Transform with Rotate angle 360/desried number and one less copy.


    You may adjust the (dash) width freely.


    As it appears, this third way reuses elements of the first way.


    The fourth to tenth way may very well reuse elements of the first three.

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    Mar 9, 2013 3:40 AM   in reply to Jacob Bugge

    Hi, Jacob,


    I got a lot of use out of that wonderful script, but it's not necessary in the more recent versions.



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    Mar 9, 2013 4:02 AM   in reply to tromboniator

    Thank you for that added knowledge, Peter.


    I will try to remember.

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    Mar 9, 2013 9:25 AM   in reply to chemun2wong

    For my part you are welcome, Wong.

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