Create Polygons with Sides of a Specified Length

Community Beginner ,
Jan 07, 2020 Jan 07, 2020

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I'm interested in drawing pictures with tilings of regular polygons of various types. Is there some way to create a polygon in Illustrator and specify that the sides (not the radius) are a certain length? For example, to create a triangle, square, pentagon, and hexagon that each have sides exactly 10 pt long? It doesn't seem to be possible, but I just want to make sure that I'm not missing something. Thanks!

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Adobe Community Professional , Jan 07, 2020 Jan 07, 2020
In recent versions of Illustrator, when you use the Polygon tool and look at Shape Properties on the Control panel, it shows the Side Length and you can edit it.  

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Jan 07, 2020 Jan 07, 2020

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In recent versions of Illustrator, when you use the Polygon tool and look at Shape Properties on the Control panel, it shows the Side Length and you can edit it.

 

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Jan 08, 2020 Jan 08, 2020

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Thanks Steve, that's great news. I'm on CS3 currently, so I need to upgrade to a more recent version. It would be great if anyone knows which version introduced this improvement to the polygon tool.

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Jan 09, 2020 Jan 09, 2020

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It was a CC version.

CC is the only version you can now officially upgrade to anyway.

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Jan 09, 2020 Jan 09, 2020

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Thanks Monika. Looks like I'll have to ponder whether this feature is worth $22 a month to me.

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Mar 09, 2021 Mar 09, 2021

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Is there another way to do this? The shape option is not showing up on the control bar in the current version.

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Mar 09, 2021 Mar 09, 2021

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The shape options  should be in the Transform panel.

If they are missing in the Control panel, that probably means there is not enough room for all items that are checked in the Control panel menu.

 

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Mar 10, 2021 Mar 10, 2021

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 This is all it's giving me. I try to adjust thedifferent numbers but it only changes the overall height and width, I want to change individual sides.

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Mar 10, 2021 Mar 10, 2021

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You seem also to have an older version that does not support this.

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Mar 11, 2021 Mar 11, 2021

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Is there another way to do this?!

 

Hi RstrAt, you can always use good old math to scale your shape.

 

Scale % =targetSideLength/currentSideLength*100 

 

so, lets say your shape's side measures 50 pt and you want to scale it to 70 pt per side

 

Scale % = 70/50*100 = 140%

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