5 Replies Latest reply on Oct 21, 2014 11:44 PM by Silkrooster

# Working with angles in illustrator, defining, measuring, replicating...

Hi all,

I just created a shape in illustator using the polygone tool, but then had to create another 8 versions of a square to match up one of the exact angles I was trying to replicate from the created polygon.

Just wondering is there anyway to match up the angles easier, or to set certain angles when creating shapes.

I matched the angle to a sheer of a square at 29.7 vertical, but I still don't know if 29.7 is exact enough as I still think its not the exact angle, and could be 29.75 etc

Any help would be great

• ###### 1. Re: Working with angles in illustrator, defining, measuring, replicating...

Setting exact angles is possible by:

2. Choose the rotation tool

3. Option/Alt Click on your object

A dialog box will appear, you can rotate an exact angle by entering the amount.

• ###### 2. Re: Working with angles in illustrator, defining, measuring, replicating...

Think of a polygon like a circle with a limited number of sides. A circle has a circumference of 360 degrees. Takes the number of sides and divide it by 360 and you will have the angle required to place an object around the polygon.

• ###### 3. Re: Working with angles in illustrator, defining, measuring, replicating...

But if I want to rotate around a pivot point with an exact angle (that is not 45° etc?)

Feels like this is a simple operation that shouldn't require creating an other object.

• ###### 4. Re: Working with angles in illustrator, defining, measuring, replicating...

Rotate tool: Option click on the point you want to rotate the object around. This calls up the dialogue box and you can enter the angle.

• ###### 5. Re: Working with angles in illustrator, defining, measuring, replicating...

Steve is correct. The rotate tools allows you move the center point otherwise called pivot point. When you hold down the alt or opt key and click the new location, the rotate dialog box will pop up, assuming it is active.