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Midpoints of path or sides of objects

Jun 20, 2013 11:39 PM

Tags: #midpoint #midpoint_paths #object_midpoints_sides

I could be wrong though it seems Illustrator only has centre points of objects and not midpoints of paths or paths on the side of objects. Can this be?

 

Dont confuse center points with midpoints, thats not what I'm after. If there isnt one, could someone help me to locate accuratly the midpoint of a rectangle (which is on a 10 degree angle) on one of the short ends?

 

I have also tried to draw a path leading from the centre point of the rectangle running parrelell to one of the long sides, although it's not like Sketchup that works out your trying to keep the line running parelell.

Looking forward to the answer to this one.

thanks

 
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    Jun 20, 2013 11:49 PM   in reply to SilentStu

    Stu,

     

    Does Object>Path>Add Anchor Points once fulfill your purpose?

     

    Unnecessary Anchor Points on straight segments may be deleted.

     
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    Jun 20, 2013 11:59 PM   in reply to SilentStu

    Stu,

     

    For just one Anchor Point in a case like the one described, you could (Smart Guides are your friends), starting with the rectangle unselected:

     

    1) With the Direct Selection Tool click one long segment and Ctrl/Cmd+C+F to create a copy as an independent path;

    2) With the normal Selection Tool ClickDrag the path from 1) a bit on the opposite side of the target end and drag it up to the centre (Smart Guides will say center) so it crosses the end segment at the modpoint;

    3) Select the rectangle and with the Add Anchor Point Tool click at the intersection

    (Smart Guides will say intersect).

     

    Edit: Cross posting.

     

    You are right, Stu: the Add Anchor Point adds one wherever you click with no limiting options (apart from its having to be on the path).

     
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    Jun 21, 2013 12:29 AM   in reply to SilentStu

    You are welcome, Stu.

     

    If you wish to halve arbitrary segments, and if you have a version before CS6, you may use the free Divide (length) script available here:

     

    http://park12.wakwak.com/~shp/lc/et/en_aics_script.html

     

    If you create a two point curved path starting with a long handles and ending with a short/no handles, you will see that Object>Path>Add Anchor Point divides it far from the middle; you may use the two methods on identical paths to see it happen (and not).

     

    If you wish to divide segments by other proportions than halving, and if you have a version from CS1 to CS5, you may set the number of divisions (per segment), such as 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, whatever.

     

    The scripts do not work for CS6 on, and you cannot set the number up to 10.

     

    Some of the other scripts may also be nice to know.

     

    Edit: Just saw the Snap issue.

     

    You may turn off View>Snap to Point and/or Smart Guides, depending on which snapping you wish to avoid.

     
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    Jun 21, 2013 1:05 AM   in reply to SilentStu

    You are welcome, Stu.

     

    I also hope tro chat with you again.

     
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    Jun 21, 2013 6:00 AM   in reply to Jacob Bugge

    Jacob Bugge wrote:

     

    You are welcome, Stu.

     

    If you wish to halve arbitrary segments, and if you have a version before CS6, you may use the free Divide (length) script available here:

     

    http://park12.wakwak.com/~shp/lc/et/en_aics_script.html

     

    The script even works with CC. As long as the script author hasn't stated otherwise, I would always assume that it works. And then try on a test file.

     
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    Jun 21, 2013 6:06 AM   in reply to Monika Gause

    Thank you very much for that crucial information, Monika.

     

    Is it (still) true that it fails to work with CS6?

     
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    Jun 21, 2013 6:36 AM   in reply to Jacob Bugge

    It works, as do most other scripts. Why shouldn't it?

     
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    Jun 21, 2013 7:21 AM   in reply to Monika Gause

    Monika,

     

    I have based it on my (mis)remembering that someone stated in an old thread that those scripts did not work in CS6.

     
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    Jun 22, 2013 5:09 AM   in reply to SilentStu

    Stu,

     

    You should be able to save downloaded scripts, and plugins, to a folder with a path including:

     

    ... \Adobe\Illustrator [Version]\Presets\Scripts

    ... \Adobe\Illustrator [Version]\Plug-ins

     

    Apart from the set of scripts mentioned in post #5,

     

    http://park12.wakwak.com/~shp/lc/et/en_aics_script.html

     

    there are some other download places with/including free downloads,

     

    http://illustrator.hilfdirselbst.ch/dokuwiki/

    http://scriptographer.org/scripts/

    http://www.wundes.com/JS4AI/

    http://vectips.com/tricks/10-free-and-extremely-useful-illustrator-scr ipts/

    http://dzineblog.com/2010/09/10-popular-free-plugins-and-shareware-for -adobe-illustrator.html

    http://vectorboom.com/ (freebies)

    http://rj-graffix.com/software/plugins.html

    http://www.telegraphics.com.au/sw/browse/Filters

    http://kelsocartography.com/blog/?p=1880

     

    and with payment,

     

    http://www.astutegraphics.com/

     

    which you may look through and consider.

     
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    Jun 22, 2013 6:37 AM   in reply to Jacob Bugge

    Scriptographer will only work up to CS5. There won't be any future versions for Illustrator (as of now).

     
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    Jun 22, 2013 7:19 AM   in reply to Monika Gause

    I know, Monika, and the same applies to some of the other scripts/plugins, and some are irrelevant when you have CS6 or CC, but so far Stu has a secret version, hence the unsorted list to keep him busy for a while.

     

    I believe you may have some further suggestions.

     
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