I would like to stroke a path with 45 degree diagonal lines that are set a fixed distance of of 0.125 inches to each other.

I'd also like the diagonals not to distort on curves- in other words, I want the diagonals to remain straight line segments that are parallel to the tangent of a curve at a any point.

I hope this is clear.

Is this possible?


This is for laser cutting a pattern - Adam's solution works nicely.

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Slashed Stroke

Something like this?

I kinda hacked it, so hopefully someone has a proper way to do this.

What I did here was use the text tool over the path, and fill it with pipes | (Shift + \)(above the return key).

Next I changed the tracking, baseline, and text rotation in the Character window to get the lines spaced and angled properly.

Hopefully this is what you're looking for. If not, hope it steers you in the right direction!

  • This may be a hack, but it solves my problem exactly. Thank you very much! I regret I don't have enough reputation to upvote your common-sense and direct answer. Dec 12, 2013 at 23:08
  • Perhaps you could also create a new shape in the shapes palette (exactly the angle you need) and apply that shape over the path
    – Kromster
    Dec 13, 2013 at 5:01
  • I'll try that, Krom. Dec 13, 2013 at 6:31
  • Just checked with CS2 - "Scatter Brush" does not distort around curves and can align to a path. So if you need more control over the elements - create a "Scatter Brush" and apply it.
    – Kromster
    Dec 13, 2013 at 12:04
  • I recently found this tutorial. Leaving it here for reference. y-designs.com/support/tutorials/… Mar 2, 2015 at 15:45

You could simply use a dashed stroke....


Unless you actually mean you want all the hashes at 45° at all times. In that case, the closest you'll get is a pattern brush after some effort. And brushes distort around curves. So, I don't know what you'd do in those situations.

  • Why the down vote?
    – Scott
    Dec 13, 2013 at 7:04
  • I put a downvote on this answer because its focused on answering a different question. OP specifically needs 45 degree slated lines. Now I thought that your attempt and motivation was good, but the actual answer that I voted for was a bad one - it did not answered the question. So in my opinion this could be a comment at most, asking OP "are you sure dashed strokes dont suit you?"
    – Kromster
    Dec 13, 2013 at 11:15

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