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Two circles snapping paths on a tangent

May 16, 2013 4:31 PM

Tags: #illustrator_tangents #illustrator_snapping

Yikes, Precise design in Illustrator is driving me mad. The workflow is not my favorite.


I draw a circle and then want another smaller circle to snap to the path. This would produce 100% accurate smooth curve.


I added a line that snapped to an anchor point I added on the large circle. I was hoping to snap the smaller circle to the anchor point, but how can you do this without guessing where to add anchor points on the circle? What if I want to change them?


Right now I have snap to point on and snap to grid off. Align to pixel grid is also off.


Any ideas on the best method for drawing and conecting tangents? Thanks!




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    May 16, 2013 4:42 PM   in reply to dasikins

    Take a look at the free plugin SubScribe.


    Just a warning: It might not completely work with a wacom.

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    May 16, 2013 5:55 PM   in reply to dasikins
    1. Select both circles.
    2. Align palette: Center-align them vertically.
    3. Align palette: Distribute horizontally using zero space.
    4. Rotate the selection (both circles together) to the desired angle.


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    May 17, 2013 6:31 AM   in reply to dasikins

    How would you create a shape out of these two circles.

    That depends on what kind of shape. See online Help about cutting and joining paths.



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