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Segments of circle in Illustrator

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Jun 15, 2020

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Why Illustrator doesn't have an especific tool to draw segments of circle in a way more intuitive. It sucks to make it in the current way. Take a look at CorelDRAW way. In there it´s so easy!

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While you can't draw arcs with the circle tool easily, you can draw pies: https://helpx.adobe.com/illustrator/how-to/live-shapes.html

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Segments of circle in Illustrator

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Why Illustrator doesn't have an especific tool to draw segments of circle in a way more intuitive. It sucks to make it in the current way. Take a look at CorelDRAW way. In there it´s so easy!

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Correct answer by Monika Gause | Adobe Community Professional

While you can't draw arcs with the circle tool easily, you can draw pies: https://helpx.adobe.com/illustrator/how-to/live-shapes.html

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Which version of Illustrator are you using?

 

Also, are you really talking about circular segments or rather about arcs or circular sectors?

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Jun 27, 2020

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Hi, Kurt!

I´m using 2020 version.

When I talk about to draw segments of circle I mean a tool that give you control on the extent of a segment of circle in a free way. In CorelDRAW, for instance, together with the tool 'elipse' there are the options 'pie' and 'arc' with wich you just need pull a point to determine where you want to finish a segment into the 360º circle.

Thank you for your attention!

 

 

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Jun 28, 2020

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While you can't draw arcs with the circle tool easily, you can draw pies: https://helpx.adobe.com/illustrator/how-to/live-shapes.html

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Jun 28, 2020

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Hello Monika!

Bingo! The solution you pointed out solves the problem I have for now. Thank you!

Either way, the arcs in Illustrator still need a tool that works easily, with equal precision and freedom of use.

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Jun 28, 2020

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Try clicking and dragging with the Arc tool, while holding down your Shift key.

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Jun 28, 2020

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If you're looking for a quarter of a Pie Shape, double-click on the Arc tool and change to a Closed shape. Then hold down your Shift while clicking and draging with the Arc tool.

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Jun 28, 2020

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Thanks for the clarification.

 

I do know how Corel Draw works in this matter, but I was not quite sure about your request, because strictly speaking circular segments are not what you are looking for (you are looking for circular sectors which can be drawn easily in recent versions of Illustrator).

 

Nevertheless, I am also a bit disappointed that there is still no way to draw and control arcs in the same way (and especially that their handles are not smart guides sensitive). I once provided a workaround based on Live Paint, but unfortunately cannot find the link to the topic right now. Moreover, I can imagine that you won't like that workaround too much.

 

 

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Hello Kurt!
You're right, making arcs in Illustrator still needs a tool that works easily with more precision and freedom. It is a pity...
Thank you for your contribution!

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Jun 28, 2020

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The Arc tool is a very good tool, Jeff, but unfortunately it only creates "dead" paths which cannot be adjusted as desired by Bereh (as far I understand it).

 

Something that was possible in FreeHand about 20 years ago (and some other applications) ...

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