I'm on Illustrator 2021, and try to follow the same results as in How to make Objects follow a path (illustrator) (like on the las vegas sign) but can't make it work.

My case is that I want to make townhouses follow a path symmetrical. On straight lines should it be no spacing, but still keep the proportions as in turns and uneven paths. It should not overlap either, but rather add more space when the shapes collied. I followed the tutorial above, and try to replicate a similar result.

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  • What does the image have to do with anything? (I realize imgur seems to be having issues at the moment) Pattern Brushes, as described in your link won't "add space" anywhere. If things are overlapping you need to add more space in the pattern tile. A Pattern brush may not work for you. Without seeing artwork and paths to use it's difficult to answer.
    – Scott
    Commented Jan 19, 2021 at 20:09
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    Where are you getting stuck when following the answer you linked to? Seems like the right answer for what you're trying to do.
    – AndrewH
    Commented Jan 19, 2021 at 20:18

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Scatter brush doesn't bend your houses, but you must adjust the orientation, scaling and spacing manually. The rotation can be fixed (=zero degrees), set it relative to path.

You must divide the curve to segments (use the scissors) in curvature turning points. As shown in your linked pattern brush example a dummy shape is a must to force certain point of your shape onto the curve. All in all much manual tinkering is a must.

A little easier is to use inline graphics (=shapes pasted into text) and type on path. I must show it with InDesign, because my Adobe program set is from the era when Illustrator didn't have inline graphics, no matter how much users had already wanted it.

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As you see, the concave dogleg is an impossible case. The solution is to split the path and start the second part "text" in a possible place:

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Splitting a path with type doesn't happen at least in my program version. But I had an untyped replica of the path which was splitted with the Scissors. The second part(with no stroke) is simply moved on the original.

In a slightly concave areas you can paste blank rectangles between the "letters" or increase the spacing (=tracking).

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