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Designer & Author - UX - Information - Processes - Full-stack - UI - Applications/Web.
Founder of brandOn - Montreal design and development studio & Cssfox - Web designers' community.
Short and to the point. To remember (use?:)
Gert van Duinen Logo & identity designer, founder of cresk™. Primarily focusing on brand & identity design, illustration & custom lettering.www.cresk.nlwww.idgram.com
The Logo (12.2014)
For the last couple of months a few people asked how to connect a tangent line to a curved segment in order to create a smooth geometrically correct transition from a curve to a straight line. I promised to make a little GIF animation to explain this method.
So, if you ever wondered how to make tangent lines to a curved path by hand, in order to create a smooth transition of any angle, here's one trick I've been using for quite some years. It's the most precise method I know:
You angled line is now in perfect tangent position.
It's one of the oldest requested features for Illustrator, but I guess Adobe never felt the urge to add such a basic geometric feature until date. Luckily there are scripts and plug-ins to make this process effortless.
Some weapons of mass construction
One of the best plug-ins I've seen and still use today are the following three favourites:
SubScribe by Astute Graphics.
Xstream Path by CValley.
VectorScribe by Astute Graphics.
For a few bucks each one of these plug-ins offer you a very powerful set of editing tools within Illustrator.