My question is simple. How to quickly create many arrowheads on a path using Adobe Illustrator? like this

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  • make a pattern brush and draw two paths one for the arrows and one for the solid path.
    – hsawires
    Commented Apr 9, 2015 at 14:23
  • Hi user15964, check out these threads as they are similar questions. Distribute objects along a path in Illustrator and How to make a pattern follow a stroke, path or line?
    – AndrewH
    Commented Apr 9, 2015 at 14:25
  • @AndrewH why my path is lost after I use scatter bush or pattern bush? see snag.gy/7yHF6.jpg
    – user15964
    Commented Apr 9, 2015 at 15:08
  • @user15964 Once you create your path (Before you use the pattern brush or scatter brush). I would select the path, copy, and ctrl + F to paste in front. You will have 2 lines. Apply the pattern or use scatter brush to the line in front. Maybe someone can comment on how to streamline this method if you can do this without making 2 paths.
    – AndrewH
    Commented Apr 9, 2015 at 15:15
  • You can assign 2 strokes to a single path in the appearances panel
    – joojaa
    Commented Apr 9, 2015 at 15:52

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The easiest method I know is via a Pattern Brush in Adobe Illustrator.

Draw a path with a stroke and add an arrowhead:

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Select the path and drag it to the Brushes Panel.

When Asked, tick the Pattern Brush option and then click OK twice to get out of the brush dialog.

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You now have an arrowhead brush. If you wan the last segment to not have an arrowhead as in your sample.....

Remove the arrowhead from your original path:

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Hold down the Option/Alt key and drag the path to the Brush Panel but Hover over the last square for your existing brush.

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You'll see the square highlight, when you do let go.

Then click OK to get out of the brush dialog again. This will remove the arrowhead from the last brush segment.

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Now, just draw a path, any path, and then with that path selected, click the brush you just created:

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If you need arrowheads at sharp corners -- and you are using Illustrator CC or newer -- it's easy to configure corners. Double-click the brush in the Brush Panel to open the brush options window.

For the corners click the little box and choose Auto-Between. Do this for both the corner squares. This will allow the brush to appear correct at sharp corners.

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(Note the corner options are only available in Illustrator CC+. Corners in older versions have to be manually configured and can be quite difficult at times so I'm not going into that.)

These are overall basic steps to pattern brush creation in Adobe Illustrator and will work for many cases when you want a repeated element along a path. The HELP FILES for Illustrator may be useful if you are unfamiliar with pattern brushes.

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