ok thank you!!! Also Scott, at the risk of sounding like a complete moron, can you explain how you made those brushes, they would be so helpful to me but I'm having trouble figuring all this out with CS5 (the last time I did anything with Illustrator was when I had Windows 97 ), if you have the time - I would completely appreciate it.
Sure... essentially I created the art you see in the center. Just a series of straight paths. Then dragged the art to the Brush Panel and selected "Pattern Brush" when asked.
I then dragged just the end stroke (the thick one) to the brush in the Brush panel, held down the Option/Alt key, and dropped it on the right-most section for the brush. This puts the thick stroke at the end of the brush.
Then it's just a matter of clicking a path, and clicking a brush. BAM!
You can download the file here if you'd like to look further.
ok, I'm stumped. I made the brush, made the circle, rotated and deleted unneeded segments. I apply the brush and this is what happens. I've check settings and tried several things, but I can't seem to figure out why I have this....
I get those filled in half circles, one on top the other. I'm sure that I'm doing something stupidly simple but I sure can't figure out what.
I went back to Grant's post where he talked about how to get the angle of rotation equation, but that didn't this time. (original post at http://forums.adobe.com/message/4428776#4428776 So looking at this post and not the original post, If I needed the same type of dial but with different number of ticks what would the rotation be? Going by Grant's formula it should be this:
for large ticks 360-gap of 90=270/9(9 large ticks needed) with 8 copies
then, using the same formula for the small ticks:
360-90=270/33(total of 33 ticks are needed) with 32 copies
but apparently I don't know the formula after all because I got this after spending hours trying to figure out the angle of rotation.
as you can see the small ticks are not lining up with the large ticks. Can you please tell me what the angle of rotation formula is? I am presuming it would be the same for both large ticks and small ticks, but I don't know, perhaps not?
You should divide by the numbers of copies = intervals, not the total numbers of tick marks (the first one being where you start so the rotation only starts with the second one (was that intelligible or unintelligible?)), so it should be 270/8 and 270/32.
Apart from getting the different tick marks aligned, that should also bring you the full 3/4 of the way round (270/360).
lol showoff! hahaha and yes, that's pretty much what I need except I needed 9 large ticks and how on earth did you manage to color only a section of this? Thanks much for the illustration, if only I could do that so quickly.
It is important to get the number right. With blends it is even worse, because you have to remember to subtract 2 from the total number to get the number of steps.
For the coloured partial circle, also see the shaded arch thread.