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When having a single line in Illustrator and you manipulate one of the anchor points, Illustrator helps you a little by giving you a smartguide that aligns the anchor point along the current trajectory of the line.

Now I was wondering if this is also in some way possible with more complex shapes like a skewed rectangle or in my case a custom shape in isometric perspective which I would like to prolong while keeping the angle the exact same (rather than eyeballing it).

gif showing line being prolonged with the help of a smartguide, while the same smartguide does not show up for more complex shape

Thanks!

  • It's not as great as just dragging it would be, but you could draw a line and extend it along that object. Then you could snap the other points to that line. – Joonas Nov 21 '18 at 11:49
  • I took a second look at the question and I started thinking this shouldn't be a problem... I tried it myself and I was able to expand the cylinder object's points just like you did with the single line. I was thinking maybe you're snapping to too many points or maybe it's constructed differently. — I made 1 ellipse and 1 rectangle, then I duplicated the ellipse, put it at the other end and united it with the rectangle using Pathfinder. Then I rotated it and used the direct selection tool to move it and it worked just fine. – Joonas Nov 21 '18 at 14:00
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It's possible to do this with a path, selecting the path, setting a transform reference point and increasing the width with Constrain Width and Height Proportions checked.

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Not with a shape, unless it is made with separate paths:

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But you can always make a wireframe 3D tube and increase the depth:

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