How to make an arrowhead start on the dash of a stroke instead of the gap?

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Hi:

 

Is there a setting or tip/trick I've missed to get a circular arrowhead to start at the beginning of the first dash of a dashed stroke instead of starting at the gap of the stroke? The stroke ending arrowhead attaches to the last dash, but try as I may, I cannot get the start arrowhead to connect to a dash. 

 

In the attached pictures, the top line with dashed stroke (4 pt) shows the problem on the left: the circle arrowhead is "attached" to a gap (whitespace) whereas the filled triangle arrowhead to the right is attached to a dashed. The bottom line is a 3-piece version in which I manually placed a circle and rotated "V".

 

I did find by trial and error that a 2pt dash and 12 pt dash connected to the circle arrowhead, but those dashes and gaps are not appropriate for the illustrations 😞

 

For reference, I need to draw neurons that will NOT follow straight paths (pen tool and beziers), and having the circular arrowhead at the start and a custom arrowhead (already have done this in arrowheads.ai file) will save an immense amount of time.

 

Thanks!

 

Scott

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Adobe Community Professional , Feb 17, 2021 Feb 17, 2021
Perhaps you would find it useful to build pattern brushes, rather than using the dashed line? Here's a link to the Illustrator file if you'd like to use it or see how it's put together. Peter

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Perhaps you would find it useful to build pattern brushes, rather than using the dashed line?

tromboniator_0-1613609179864.png

 

Here's a link to the Illustrator file if you'd like to use it or see how it's put together.

 

Peter

 

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