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# Make Sides Equal Button In Polygon Transformation Properties

Community Beginner ,
Aug 20, 2024 Aug 20, 2024

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In the process of equalizing the side lengths of a polygon, the side aligned with the shortest dimension of the bounding box determines the final length to which all sides will be equalized. Consider a hexagon where the top and bottom sides measure 35.58 mm, and the remaining four sides measure 29.25 mm. Which side will be used to equalize all the sides, and could you please provide a detailed explanation of this concept with this or another example?I have attached an example.

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Aug 31, 2024 Aug 31, 2024

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Sep 01, 2024 Sep 01, 2024

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Illustrator is not very accurate when equalizing the sides.

In your example, it would seem from the tool tip that each side would end up measuring 29.25, but that is not the case. All the sides resize and none equal 29.25; all the sides are shorter than that.

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Sep 01, 2024 Sep 01, 2024

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Please provide a detailed explanation and sample files to explain how this detail is crucial for your real world workflow.

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Sep 01, 2024 Sep 01, 2024

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I am requesting only the information.

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Sep 01, 2024 Sep 01, 2024

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What do you need that for?

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Sep 02, 2024 Sep 02, 2024

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The rectangle that contains your entire object is the bounding box. Illustrator is telling you that it will use the height of the shortest side of the bounding box side to calculate the size of the segements to make it proportional.

If you, say, had a 7-sided polygon, it would use the shortest bounding box side.

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Community Beginner ,
Sep 02, 2024 Sep 02, 2024

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I hope this message finds you well. Iâ€™m encountering an issue with a polygon in Adobe Illustrator that I would appreciate your guidance on.

Specifically, I have a polygon with one side aligned to the shortest side of the bounding box, which measures 22.04 pt. However, when I adjust the polygon so that all sides are equal, the side length changes to 18.64 pt instead of remaining at 22.04 pt.

Could you please advise why the side length does not stay at 22.04 pt when all sides are made equal? Iâ€™m unsure what is causing this discrepancy.

Thank you very much for your assistance.

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Sep 03, 2024 Sep 03, 2024

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I should have drawn it like this:

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Normally when you draw an object using the polygon tool, it's drawn proportionally. If you have stretched it in any way, what the Equal Sides command is doing is bringing it back to the original proportions. Illustrator just chose to use the short side dimensions as the reference. It could have used the opposite, but it's just down to one or the other. You will notice all the segments on the short side will have the same "height"; Illustrator calculated how it had to scale the polygon to make all the segments equal length.