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How to make a maze that conforms to an odd a shape?

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Mar 07, 2019

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I'm trying to create a maze (labyrinth) in an unusual shape and I was wondering if there was an easy way to do this. I saw a YouTube video on how to create a square maze and I saw an InDesign script that could make mazes in shapes like letter and so forth, but I haven't located anything on making mazes in odd shapes using Illustrator. Can anyone offer some suggestions? Is there a script that I can use or a trick to this that I don't know about?

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As I (mis)understand it, you can start out by using Object>Path>Offset Path with identical negative values equaling the width/distance between walls from the outer shapes in. After that you can remove and connect parts of paths.

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How to make a maze that conforms to an odd a shape?

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I'm trying to create a maze (labyrinth) in an unusual shape and I was wondering if there was an easy way to do this. I saw a YouTube video on how to create a square maze and I saw an InDesign script that could make mazes in shapes like letter and so forth, but I haven't located anything on making mazes in odd shapes using Illustrator. Can anyone offer some suggestions? Is there a script that I can use or a trick to this that I don't know about?

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As I (mis)understand it, you can start out by using Object>Path>Offset Path with identical negative values equaling the width/distance between walls from the outer shapes in. After that you can remove and connect parts of paths.

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Perhaps you can provide a rough sketch of what you want?

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Mar 07, 2019

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How about a few links instead? I want to make mazes like the ones that this artist produces.

Printable Space Maze - Tim's Printables

Sand Castle Maze - Tim's Printables

Penguin Maze - Tim's Printables

See how the lines of the maze conform to the shape? I have tried drawing in the maze myself and that hasn't gone so well, because it's difficult to make sure that the puzzle only has one solution.

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As I (mis)understand it, you can start out by using Object>Path>Offset Path with identical negative values equaling the width/distance between walls from the outer shapes in. After that you can remove and connect parts of paths.

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Thanks Jacob. That works really well for getting the lines uniform inside the shape. Now I just wonder if there is a good way to draw the path from start to finish in there to ensure only one solution

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If everything could be done automatically then where is the challenge for artists?

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Mar 07, 2019

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HR,

I doubt whether there is any non boring easier way then building custom solutions opening by opening.

You may:

1) Create all the uniform wall lines in full as closed paths,

2) Add the end bits in any places you fancy to create closed rooms, you may create each by adding an Anchor Point on one of the walls, then create a tangent by:

2a) Direct Selecting the Anchor Point so the Handles come out,

2b) ClickDrag with the Line Segment Tool from the Handle to the Anchor Point,

2c) Rotate the new path round the Anchor Point by 90 degrees and cut it where it crosses the neighbouring wall,

3) Start from start or end or wherever and create the openings by cutting at both sides and deleting the new path in between, you may use a short straight path as a ruler to have uniform openings, going all the way until you have the whole way through,

4) Add more openings leading to dead ends and maybe adding more end walls.

For straight segments, instead of 2a) - 2b) just use a straight path with the width between wall and rotate that as in 2c without need to cut it.

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May 23, 2020

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HR, 

 

This is Tim, the artist that created those mazes. Each of those was created by hand. The first entirely by hand, the second and third also by hand, but traced over in Adobe Illustrator.

 

You can use the Appearance panel to build various strokes and fills to fill in shapes. Then you expand those shapes and go in and add the perpendicular segments to create the pathway. Alternatively, you can create a brush that looks like a path. 

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May 24, 2020

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Tim,

 

I hope HR will (soon) sign in again, and see and appreciate you post.

 

As you can see here, the latest sign in was 22nd August 2019:

https://community.adobe.com/t5/user/viewprofilepage/user-id/13769506

 

In any case, it is a pleasure to see your joining this thread.

 

May I ask how you found it?

 

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