Newbie Illustrator question > how to specify the dimensions of an object

Discussion in 'Design and Graphics' started by lamina, Dec 22, 2010.

  1. lamina macrumors 68000

    lamina

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    #1
    Hi all.

    I'm pretty new to Illustrator. I've been teaching myself for the past 6 months or so.

    I'm stumped.

    Alright. I wan to make a grid of lines, in a perfect square.

    So, I start with 1 line, 50mm in length, 0 degrees of rotation. I want 8 lines total, so I copy and paste an identical line. I put that line on top of the original, and use the Move command to move it 2mm vertically.

    I repeat that until I have 8, 3pt lines, evenly spaced by 2mm.

    Now I want to change the line lengths to make it so the box is as wide as it is tall. I grab the handle to the right, and drag it. It shows that it is 14.03mm in height. I try to make it 14.03, but IT SIMPLY WONT LET ME. I can get to 14.02, but never 14.03.

    Is there a way to specify the width of an object that I'm adjusting horizontally?

    Also, when I scale the darn thing, make it bigger or smaller, I hold the shift key to keep the aspect ratio, but the lines never end up to line up.

    I've attached a photo. Sorry for the wall of text, but I've been stumped for a couple of weeks on this one. :confused:
     

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  2. UTclassof89 macrumors 6502

    UTclassof89

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    #2
    Click the page with the Rectangle Grid tool and enter the number columns and rows.
     
  3. lamina thread starter macrumors 68000

    lamina

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    Wow. Boy do I feel stupid. I was using lines. Argg. :mad:

    Thank you, friend.
     
  4. UTclassof89 macrumors 6502

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