I have a vertical line with a 45° turn. I want to draw another line next to it with a specific offset. What is the best way to do it?

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I tried moving the pink anchors directly over the orange anchors and then use the move feature to move it -135° with the specific offset.

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But when I move the pink endpoint with shift to move it diagonally, it won't snap perfectly to the vertical line.

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In my case, it was off by 0.004 px.

What is a better way to do it?

  • Hello and welcome to GD.SE. Why not use the offset function?
    – joojaa
    Jul 29, 2015 at 6:56
  • @joojaa: But how does that help me with aligning it to the vertical line? Jul 29, 2015 at 7:10

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Object > Path > Offset Path

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Then use the Direct Selection Tool (the white arrow) to select and delete unwanted parts of the offset path ....

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  • Can I chose parts of a path with that too? I don't want to offset my complete path, only the part with the corner. Jul 29, 2015 at 7:54
  • Offset the entire path, then delete what you don't want, as I posted. You can't offset just a portion of the path, but you can easily delete things after offsetting.
    – Scott
    Jul 29, 2015 at 9:57
  • Ok, thanks. I guess I could cut the path off before and after the section and after offsetting join them together again. Jul 29, 2015 at 12:04

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