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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

  • yellow1.jpg Click the Line Segment tool on the Tools panel.

    The pointer becomes a crosshair that you can drag on the artboard.

  • yellow2.jpg Select a Stroke color from the Colors area of the Tools panel.
  • yellow3.jpg Click and drag on the artboard, and then release the mouse when the line is the length you need.
  • yellow4.jpg 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.
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