5 Replies Latest reply on Mar 23, 2010 1:02 PM by Jacob Bugge

    placing images on a path

    whytefly Level 1

      i have multiple images i want to place on a cruved path. how can i go about doing this?

      cheers,

        • 1. Re: placing images on a path
          Junk Mailer Level 3

          I would draw the path and then turn on Smart Guides (CMD+U) to snap a particular point on the images along the path. See my attached screenshot. I did this with rectangles, but you could also use placed images. Then just delete the curved line when you are done using it for placement.

           

          -JMScreen shot 2010-03-23 at 12.11.27 PM.png

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          • 2. Re: placing images on a path
            Junk Mailer Level 3

            ...or you could use InDesign. It allows you to insert images into a line of text, even text typed onto a path. See my screenshot:

             

            Screen shot 2010-03-23 at 12.21.54 PM.png

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            • 3. Re: placing images on a path
              Jacob Bugge MVP & Adobe Community Professional

              Whytefly,

               

              If you want a regular distribution along the path, you may:

               

              1) Create a Scatter Brush from a rectangle of the same size, setting the distance as desired, and having the orientation aligned to Page or to Path (to follow the path);

              2) Apply the Scatter Brush to the path and adjust;

              3) Object>Expand the brushed path to have the rectangles selectable;

              4) Place each image and Align>Align Objects vertically and horizontally centred;

              5) If aligned to Path, turn to fit the angle;

              6) DirectSelect and Remove the rectangles.

              • 4. Re: placing images on a path
                Junk Mailer Level 3

                1) Create a Scatter Brush from a rectangle of the same size, setting the

                distance as desired, and having the orientation aligned to Page or to Path

                (to follow the path);

                 

                I thought about doing it this way, but I was worried about distortion

                (stretching). Would this cause any distortion in the images?

                • 5. Re: placing images on a path
                  Jacob Bugge MVP & Adobe Community Professional

                  JM,

                   

                  As far as I know there should be no distortion possible apart from small unavoidable inaccuracy when rotating, the basic concept being a scattered pattern, and I have not seen any when used.