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• How do you determine the angle of a path?

# How do you determine the angle of a path?

New Here ,
Nov 11, 2022 Nov 11, 2022

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I used the direct select tool, selected the end points of the path.

Went to Transfrom palette - nothing.  ??

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Community Expert ,
Nov 11, 2022 Nov 11, 2022

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Does it change if you use the Direct Select tool and click on the path segment?

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Mentor ,
Nov 11, 2022 Nov 11, 2022

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Draw a line on top of the line you want to measure with snap to point on, hit return.

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Community Expert ,
Nov 11, 2022 Nov 11, 2022

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you have to draw the segment with the Line tool to get the angle in the Transform panel.

If you make a multi-segment shape with the pen tool, the angle shown would be the whole shape's angle.

so, draw a Line on top the segment you want to measure then delete it

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Nov 11, 2022 Nov 11, 2022

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If you want to constrain the angle in which you are drawing a path to something other than the default of 0, 45 and 90 degrees then change the constrain angle in the General section of your Illustrator preferences from 0° to whatever angle you wish. If, for example you change the constrain angle to 15° then by holding down the shift key while using the pen tool all line segments will be drawn at that angle.

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New Here ,
Nov 14, 2022 Nov 14, 2022

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Thank you everyone! I was to vague with my question, to clarify:

Is the another Palette or Menu that will display the angle value.

My concern with drawing lines for measurements, there's a chance of deleting the original path. Yes Lock/Unlock is an option - but each work around takes me further into a rabbit hole.

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Community Expert ,
Nov 14, 2022 Nov 14, 2022

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no unfortunately the Transform panel is it.

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New Here ,
Nov 17, 2022 Nov 17, 2022

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Cool, I thought I was being a dim wit. PS: I love your profile pic!

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Community Expert ,
Nov 17, 2022 Nov 17, 2022

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By @WendelNYC

thanks!

I just thought of another way

- select your shape with the Selection Tool (V)

- switch to the Rotate Tool (R)

- click on the anchor you want to use as rotation point

- click and drag the Anchor at the end of the segment you want to measure, lets call it Anchor2...don't release mouse yet

- move Anchor2 on top of the rotation point Anchor...don't release the mouse yet

- there should be a Label showing the angle, take note of it

- release mouse

- undo

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Community Beginner ,
Nov 17, 2022 Nov 17, 2022

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Yes, unfortunately this is still not possible with Adobe Illustrator after many years. You must use a tool. FOR EXAMPLE. JLG Dimensions or JLG Lines

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New Here ,
Nov 17, 2022 Nov 17, 2022

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Nice! Thank you Zb-EH. This is something I can check out.

Thank you for taking the time to create the diagram!

I bet you excelled in Geometry Class!

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Community Beginner ,
Nov 17, 2022 Nov 17, 2022

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JLG Lines always measures from the horizontal line

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New Here ,
Nov 17, 2022 Nov 17, 2022

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Thanks again! I will definitely remember this.

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Community Expert ,
Nov 18, 2022 Nov 18, 2022

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You may also use Illustrator's highly acclaimed Measure tool together with the Info palette to display angles.

The Measure tool is snap-sensitive and it can be precise. You may just not notice it at first glance and some dexterity is certainly required.

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New Here ,
Nov 18, 2022 Nov 18, 2022

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Thank you Kurt!