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I would like to create a sine wave in Illustrator. How do I do this in a simple way?

Oct 31, 2013 4:01 PM

Tags: #wave #sine

Hi,

 

As the title suggest I would like to create a sine wave in illustrator. I know that applying the zig zag effect to a line and choosing "smooth" will create a cosine wave. But is there a simple way like that to create a sine way? Or any way at all?

 

Thanks for the help!

ekmanch

 
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    Oct 31, 2013 4:07 PM   in reply to ekmanch

    How do you see the difference (the operative word being ‘see’)?

     
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    Oct 31, 2013 4:12 PM   in reply to ekmanch

    ekmanch wrote:

     

    ...I know that applying the zig zag effect to a line and choosing "smooth" will create a cosine wave. But is there a simple way like that to create a sine way? Or any way at all?...

    I'm not sure if I understand what kind of answer you are looking for? This is the simplest and fastest way I know. There are plenty of other ways to make it for example drawing it manually with the pen it will take more time.

     
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    Oct 31, 2013 4:16 PM   in reply to emil emil

    are you talking about this difference

    http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/7/71/Sine_cosine_one_period.svg/600px-Sine_cosine_one_period.svg.png

     
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    Oct 31, 2013 4:19 PM   in reply to emil emil

    this?

    Captureee.JPG

     
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    Oct 31, 2013 5:40 PM   in reply to ekmanch

    1. start with the zig zag effect

    2. with the scissor tool cut where the ends of the red line is - I made the rest blue to make it clear

    3. delete the blue segments to get this

    4. using the black pointer or scale tool stretch horizontally to match the reference

    5. using the white pointer select one of the smooth anchor points, and using the Scale tool and holding Shift drag to scale constraining horizontally until the curve matches the reference

    6. select the other smooth point and with the scale tool selected press the Enter key on your keyboard twice to apply the previous scale

     

    click the image to see it larger

    cos.jpg

     
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