Is there a really simple way to create a stepped or zig-zagged path like this in Illustrator?

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I created this by showing the grid, 'snapping' to it and drawing each step.

Ideally I'd like to find a way to draw a stepped or zig-zagged line by simply holding down a button, clicking and dragging. However I'm kind of expecting that creating a brush is the only way to do it.

Any ideas?


Effect > Distort & Transform > Zig Zag…

This will bring up a window to set the parameters of the line you draw (at 45° for the example you show). enter image description here

Drag the line with the number of steps you wish to show. The steps can be rounded or angled. enter image description here

  • You can get exact balues by using alt click when crateing the line with line tool as you can specify length
    – joojaa
    May 11 '16 at 7:17

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