- Understanding Vector and Raster Graphics
- Understanding Paths
- Creating Rectangles and Ellipses
- Creating Polygons and Stars
- Creating Line Segments
- Creating Arcs and Spirals
- Creating Grids
- Understanding Selections
- Using the Selection Tool
- Using the Direct Selection Tool
- Using the Lasso Tool
- Using the Magic Wand Tool
- Selecting and Grouping
- Selecting Similar Objects
- Saving and Editing Selections
- Moving Objects
- Duplicating Objects
- Aligning and Distributing Objects
- Transforming Objects
- Using the Free Transform Tool
- Rotating and Scaling Objects
- Reflecting and Shearing Objects
- Applying Multiple Transformations
- Reshaping Objects with Envelopes
Creating Line Segments
The Line Segment tool draws perfectly straight lines in any direction you drag your mouse. In Illustrator, a line is called a stroke and there is a variety of thicknesses, styles, colors, and fills that can be applied to it. You can also create your own line style for specific types of dashed, dotted or artistic lines. You can constrain the path a line draws to 45-degree angles or create closed shapes by intersecting the lines you draw.
Draw a Line Segment
- Click the Line Segment tool on the Tools panel.
The pointer becomes a crosshair that you can drag on the artboard.
- Select a Stroke color from the Colors area of the Tools panel.
- Click and drag on the artboard, and then release the mouse when the line is the length you need.
- To create a line with a specific length and angle, click on the artboard where you want the line to begin, enter length and angle values, select the Fill Line check box to fill the line with the current fill color, and then click OK.