3 Replies Latest reply on Feb 7, 2017 1:47 PM by Semaphoric

# drawing a shape with specific peramters

Hi

my esteemed better half wishes to make a "tumbling block" quilt which is created using a patchwork of diamond shapes with 60 degree and 120 degree angles.

She has requested ( ok forcebly requested) that I create  a demo pattern for her.

So I needto create a diamond shapes with 60 and 120 degree angles with 1, 1.5, 2 and 2.5 inch sides so I can colour them and she can see what the best size is for a quilt.

My initial thought was no problem but I can't seem to work out how am I better to use illustrator? or am I missing an option

thanks

Ian

• ###### 1. Re: drawing a shape with specific peramters

Wrong program. That's indeed what Illustrator or 2D CAD drafting programs are for. Setting up a hex grid as guides would be easy enough there, though in fact I'm sure your math (or your beloved one's) is somewhat crooked. In a system based on 60 degrees, all edges of the underlying triangles would have the same lengths and the combined lengths and distances would not be simple multiples with even factors. The explanatory images in this blog post should enlighten you:

Mylenium

• ###### 2. Re: drawing a shape with specific peramters

For exact measurement in inches Illustrator is better as you only need option click on the canvas with a drawing tool to input your exact numeric values, or you can use the transform palette to edit them later.

Photoshop works  in pixels only, and if you try to enter inches you get an error.

To get your angles I wold draw 2 lines and rotate them, then duplicate and reflect for 4 lines. You can then using snap to guides to get all the edges to touch accordingly, and use the live paint bucket to make your diamond

• ###### 3. Re: drawing a shape with specific peramters

You could start with  one inch square path, and make two duplicates. Transform them, changing either the width or height to 86.6% [one half the square root of three], and either the vertical or horizontal skew (depending on whether you changed to width or height) to thirty degrees:

One of the three you would also rotate 120 degrees. Each side will be one inch long.

Once you have the paths set up, you would then select each path in turn, and use them as vector masks for Color Fill layers, and with the Path Selection tool, step and repeat them to make your pattern as large as desired.