7 Replies Latest reply on Jun 27, 2017 5:22 AM by Laubender

    Diagrams on InDesign

    Ciarl.a Level 1

      Hello, I'm trying to design a diagram of this kind:  (the first bit, the connecting lines)



      What would be the best way to do it?


        • 1. Re: Diagrams on InDesign
          Dov Isaacs Adobe Employee

          Most likely, such a design would be much easier in Illustrator which has much enhanced vector drawing tools.


                    - Dov

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          • 2. Re: Diagrams on InDesign
            [Jongware] Most Valuable Participant

            I was going to recommend that as well, but the more specialized vector tools of Illustrator won't help here either!


            I imagine the OP is thinking of somehow anchoring the start and end points to their respective objects and "let the software do its thing", even when moving those anchor objects around. InDesign doesn't do that, but neither does Illustrator.


            If it's just for those curvy lines, that's as much a pain in Illy as in InDesign.

            • 3. Re: Diagrams on InDesign
              Ciarl.a Level 1

              Yeah,  I did try to use curvy lines, both in Indesign and Illustrator, but it's hard! It doeesn't look quite right.

              I feel like this must've done using some kind of trick.


              Thanks for your help though


              P.S. It reminds me of the kind of graphics you see when you work with Grasshopper.

              • 4. Re: Diagrams on InDesign
                [Jongware] Most Valuable Participant

                I wonder if there is a mathematical background to these curves. If there is, perhaps it can be scripted.


                (It could very well be "perpendicular to their respective origins and smoothed in between". Then again, there are various ways to smoothe.)

                • 5. Re: Diagrams on InDesign
                  CIA_design Adobe Community Professional

                  There is a font named Chartwell maybe this font can do what you want

                  `FontShop | FF Chartwell


                  • 6. Re: Diagrams on InDesign
                    Jeffrey_Smith Most Valuable Participant

                    When you try to create shape, are you placing a lot of points/nodes into the curves? All of the connector lines in your screen capture can be created with 2 (start and end) point, with some requiring one more point placed in between.

                    • 7. Re: Diagrams on InDesign
                      Laubender Adobe Community Professional & MVP

                      Hi CiarLa,

                      I don't think there is a special trick to this.

                      Think about what Jeffrey told.


                      Just use two path points where both are curve points.
                      The trick—if you want to call it that—is to use the right length of the handles. And the right angle.
                      See the form of the path with its handles in the screenshot below where I selected the path point with the Direct Selection tool:



                      Now move that point to the target like I already did with the Magenta one.

                      Do a duplicate of the path, select the path point again and move it to the next target.

                      That would give you something like this:





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