I have downloaded some Illustrator template. I want to make the circular black line for Norwegian about 90%. How to do that?

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It's a lot easier to draw a new circle from scratch than to manipulate an existing one. Illustrator doesn't recognize the shape as part of a circle so it can't guess what you are trying to do. Actually I would redraw all the circles to make sure that they all have the exact same appearance.

Here is one out of many ways to do this.

Draw a new ellipse using the Ellipse Tool. Hold down Shift to keep it circular. Make the fill color transparent and the stroke color black. Use the Stroke panel to set the desired Weight (experiment to find a suitable weight) and make sure to set Align Stroke to Center.

Make sure the circle is selected and double-click the Rotate Tool. This opens a dialog where you can enter how many degrees you want to rotate the circle. I enter 36 degrees to rotate the circle 10% (360 / 10 = 36) and press OK.

Now, select the Pen Tool, make sure that Smart Guides are on and you can add a new anchor point in the top of the circle.

It can be a little bit tricky to hit the right spot. You might need to zoom in.

All you need to do now is to deselect the circle and then use the Direct Selection Tool to select the unwanted circle segment and press Delete to remove it.

  • Thank you very much....Why my questions must be close often or downvoted? :-(
    – Sebastiano
    Nov 12, 2020 at 23:29

If you are looking for something non-destructive and easily edited, you could merely use a Dashed Stroke.

Set the Dash length long enough that it creates a solid stroke.... then adjust the Gap to add, well, the gap.

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If you want the gap in a specific location merely rotate the circle afterwards to position the gap where you want it.

If you want possibly a more accurate representation of 90%, you can use the Document Info panel (Window > Document Info) to see the length of the path (circumference) which will vary based on size of the circle size... figure 90% of that measurement and that will provide you both the full dash to create a complete circle, and a percentage to use for the gap... round up to full points.

  • i.e path is 780pt long, use 78pts for the dash = 10% gap.

This method gets "wonky" below 50% and is largely inaccurate for anything under 50% due to how dashes/gaps are applied to the stroke.

i.e. ... Based upon THIS there should be a small dash., but there isn't.

I generally only use this method for visual representation (above 50%) and not measured accuracy where values are concerned.

If accuracy in % measurement is the goal, using a pie chart and defining outer edges would work better in my opinion.

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The Chart Data defines sizes, then merely ungroup the cart and adjust to strokes. While a 90/10 set p is relatively straightforward, this method makes things like a 82/18 or 76/24 setup much easier.

In addition, you are not limited to simply two pie "slices" you can enter multiple values and get multiple stroke sections equal to those values.

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  • This is cool, but how can you know if you hit 90%? Do you have to calculate the circle's circumference?
    – Wolff
    Aug 25, 2019 at 19:45
  • Answer updated with a "precision" method if that's what is needed.
    – Scott
    Aug 25, 2019 at 20:25

An alternative, quicker, but not the most accurate option, is to copy that circle, duplicate and rotate:

  • Ctrl+C copy
  • Ctrl+F paste a duplicate circle in the same place
  • R with this new circle selected, rotate until in comes to about 90%

Optionally, you can then merge these 2 circle objects into a single shape using the Pathfinder panel.

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