Drawing to specific size and checking size on drawn shape

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Mar 10, 2022 Mar 10, 2022

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I am new to Illustrator, just downloaded it to use on an iPad.

I have started trying a few things, was struggling as I do not think that there are that many tutorials specific for the iPad, however have started to get grips with the program, however there are a few things that I find very frustrating.

when drawing a simple shape as a circle or a square/ rectangle, it seems really frustrating that you have to drag and watch the x and y dimensions to ensure an exact size, and yes that is even using a grid. Is there no way you can access the 'dimension' boxes and input the dimension you need.

then the next point once you have drawn artwork, how do you check or confirm a dimension, see the attached drawing showing the path how can I check what the x and y dimensions are, without moving one corner......I cannot do that all the time.

when I want to print a trial print how can I assure that it prints to scale / the exact size that I have drawn.

lastly how do I create text to millimetre dimensions, specifically in height

I intend to use illustrator to drawn decals to be used on models, that is why I need items drawn to very specific sizes, and then the drawings will be sent to a specialist decal printer.

 

I do hope you can point me to some tutorials that or that you are able to answer these questions.

 

Alistair

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Mar 11, 2022 Mar 11, 2022

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Dimensions are on the right side in the properties panel.

 

For tutorials you might want to check out Laura Coyle's youtube channel.

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Mar 11, 2022 Mar 11, 2022

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Thank you Monika for the reply, I had found that in the interim, I shall have a look at Laura's page.

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Mar 11, 2022 Mar 11, 2022

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With a primary shape tool selected, you would option or alt click once to get a dialog to set the size. Not sure about ipad

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