I can draw rectangle using pen tool. Is there any way to draw a hypotenuse while drawing rectangle without manually doing it using line tool?

draw hypotenuse

  • I guess you must be deleting the rectangle's corner point while attempting this? If so, first deselect the rectangle, then draw your hypotenuse. That is, if I'm understanding you correctly.
    – MG_
    Sep 7 '14 at 10:22
  • Is there any way to do this without deselecting? Cause, deselecting and then drawing will make 2 different shapes. I want a single shape. Sep 7 '14 at 11:20
  • You could make 2 separate shapes and then merge them? that would be the easiest option.
    – McIvor
    Sep 9 '14 at 9:35

Without completely understanding why you want to do this, here is how you might do it. (Using Adobe Illustrator.)

  1. As you have already been doing, draw three sides of the rectangle with the pen tool
  2. When drawing the fourth side, instead of closing the rectangle by clicking on the first anchor point, click near the first point.
  3. Then, continuing the path, make the hypotenuse by clicking near the diagonally opposite point. It might look like this: enter image description here
  4. Press A key to switch to the direct selection tool, or hold Command/Ctrl (Mac/PC) and reposition the last two points over the top of the points they are near. Result: enter image description here


There is no automated way to draw the a corner to corner path in Illustrator. It has to be done manually.

It is fairly easy to use automated features such as Object > Path > Average to ensure the disecting path aligns with corners properly, after its drawn.

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