How to Draw a Line in Illustrator in 4 Easy Steps

In this article, I will show you How To Draw a Line In Illustrator. Just like any other task in Adobe illustrator there are a couple of ways you can use to achieve a line. The basic mathematical definition of a line is the shortest distance between 2 points. Here is how to do it.

How To Draw a Line In Illustrator Using The Pen Tool

How To Draw a Line In Illustrator Using The Pen Tool
  1. Open illustrator and create a new document
  2. Select the Pen tool on the tools section or shortcut P on the keyboard.
  3. Click and drag to draw a line then click on the end point to close the selection
  4. For the line to be automatically straight, hold down shift as you drag.
  5. Alternatively, Click once on the artboard then hold down shift and click on another point and it will draw a line

How to make a curved line in illustrator

  1. Open illustrator and create a new document
  2. Select the Pen tool on the tools section or shortcut P on the keyboard.
  3. Click once on the artboard to create a Point.
  4. Click and hold on another point and drag to draw a curved line.

How To Draw a Line In Illustrator Using The Line Segment tool

How To Draw a Line In Illustrator Using The Line Segment tool
  1. Open illustrator and create a new document
  2. Select the line segment tool
  3. Click and drag to draw a line
  4. To draw a straight line, hold down shift as you drag the line segment tool.

How to make a dashed line in illustrator

If you want to draw a dashed line, first draw the line using any of the above mentioned options. After drawing the line follow these steps.

How to make a dashed line in illustrator
  1. Click on the line to select it.
  2. Go to Window> Appearance and choose stroke option.
  3. Toggle on the dashed option by clicking on it
  4. From the boxes shown, set the values for dashes and gaps to your preference.
  5. Click ok to accept changes.

How to make a dotted line in illustrator

After drawing the line and making it into a dashed line above, set the dashes value to 0 and gaps to any of your choice. This will draw a dotted line.

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  1. How To Draw a Line In Illustrator Using The Line Segment tool

    Open illustrator and create a new document
    Select the line segment tool
    Click and drag to draw a line
    To draw a straight line, hold down shift as you drag the line segment tool.

  2. How To Draw a Line In Illustrator Using The Pen Tool

    Open illustrator and create a new document
    Select the Pen tool on the tools section or shortcut P on the keyboard.
    Click and drag to draw a line then click on the end point to close the selection
    For the line to be automatically straight, hold down shift as you drag.
    Alternatively, Click once on the artboard then hold down shift and click on another point and it will draw a line

  3. How to make a dashed line in illustrator

    Click on the line to select it.
    Go to Window> Appearance and choose stroke option.
    Toggle on the dashed option by clicking on it
    From the boxes shown, set the values for dashes and gaps to your preference.
    Click ok to accept changes.

  4. How to make a curved line in illustrator

    Open illustrator and create a new document
    Select the Pen tool on the tools section or shortcut P on the keyboard.
    Click once on the artboard to create a Point.
    Click and hold on another point and drag to draw a curved line.

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