Shorten the stem of the arrow a bit.
Thanks, but it never lines up perfectly.
I haven't had a chance to look at your attempted graphic, but to draw a
regular symmetrical arrow, draw the left half, set the proxy box to
anchor the right hand side, then click on the horizontal flip button
while pressing alt, to make a mirror image copy of the left half. Then,
with the white arrow, select the two anchor points on the top of the
arrow, and, in the pathfinder, select "join path". Do the same for the
two lower anchor points that you want to connect.
This should give you a perfect, closed arrow shape, if that's what
you're looking for.
If it had to be done in InDesign and I wasn't happy with the arrowhead presets, I'd draw it with the Pen tool, and edit it to look the way I liked.
But Illustrator gives you may more arrowhead templates and more control than InDesign. You could create it there and place it in InDesign.
By the way, that's zoomed to 4000% so the misalignment I was too lazy to corect will never show.
Here's another idea. Illustrator gives you more varieties of arrowheads, plus you have controls for scaling them relative to stroke thickness, and how they align the the stroke end. Create your arrowhead in Illustrator:
After you get it the way you like, choose Object > Expand Appearance:
Copy into InDesign:
Thanks Peter. This is what I'm after. I can do the top half (The horizontal line and the diagnol one on top.) First, I draw a horizontal line. Then I add a point to the right end of that line and another point 45 degrees and however far I want the diagnol of the arrow to go. After that is when I run into the problem. If I try to add another point on the end of the horizontal line to draw the bottom diagnol, because there is already an anchor point at the right end of the horizontal line the pen tool becomes the pen minus tool and will delete the existing point if I do that. What is the way around that. I'm sure it's something very simple and silly but I just don't know what it is.
Thanks, but that's not the kind of arrow I want, they don't have it in the Illustrator library and I run into the same issue of drawing it in Illustrator as well: getting the bottom diagnol to connect seamlessly.
Thanks. What's the proxy box? By left half do you mean the horizontal line and the upper diagnol?
The proxy box is that box with nine little boxes at the left of the
screen. Click one of the little boxes to anchor your selection.
By left half I mean, well -- I'm thinking of an arrow that is pointing
directly upwards. A normal arrow is symmetrical along one axis, and I'm
suggesting to draw the shape on only one side of that axis, then
flip+copy along that axis to create the other side of the arrow, and
finally join up the anchor points as needed with the pathfinder panel.
The point is one line, the shaft is the other. You can actually draw three lines withthe line tool, if you like, and use the pathfinder to join the two lines for the point, but leave the sahft separate. You can group it with the point when you have it where you want it.
And if you want real precision, select the apex of the point with the direct select tool and get it's coordinates. You can use those to set the postion on the shaft to the same y-coordinate if the orientation is horizontal or x-coordinate for vertical.