How to draw a line segment in Illustrator tutorial

How to use the live line segment tool in Adobe Illustrator in CC 2018 2017 2015 tutorial.

Line segment tool

how to use line segment tool in Illustrator CC 2018 2017 etc
  1. Select the line segment tool in the Illustrator toolbar

  2. Set the stroke weight for the line segment

  3. Set color

  4. Click artboard with tool

  5. Draw using the live line segment tool

The live line segment tool can be applied multiple times. The two points generated can be manipulated in many ways


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The new live tool can be found in the toolbar of CC


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The Illustrator LS tool is no longer the old tool from CS6 CS5 etc, it is now a live shape tool and as such it comes with a number of new features as well as a few features that have (at the present) vanished. Live shapes is the new concept for the CC that certain paths remain editable in such as circles / rectangles and now the LS tool has joined the live category. I mean, it was always live before as you could always stretch the artwork and set the angle but you will see a few differences in the features.



I generally go to the preferences section and set up the preferences for the smart guide to include most of the features. Set the transformation tools to on and construction guides. You can use them without those set on as well.


Go to the toolbar and select the 'live' LS tool. Set the stroke and width etc and add the path by clicking on a position on the artboard and then dragging the tool to another position on the artboard (near or far).


OK, not much different from before. You can still use the shift key at this point to constrain the angle to 45 degrees etc but weirdly this feature appears not to be available once the artwork is there on the artboard.



You can select the end points and rotate and as you move the artwork you will see smart guides popping up saying certain distances from certain paths and not others as well as various alignments. You may or may not like that feature but personally, I think the info is useful and it is great to be able to select a certain point to stop moving the path or changing the angle. The reference point does not seem to have any use.


To extend the length of the path just select either end point and stretch out to the required point or go the other way to shrink the path. You can also change the angle via the transformations panel as well as change the length and position of the path via the top bar.


Create a number of paths using the LS tool (vertical paths). Select the top point of first path. Hold the shift key. drag the end point up or down (will be in straight path as on the right). Repeat with the other LS paths by selecting the top end point


You can also use the horizontal setting for the path (change the reference point to be the middle bottom)



The LS can be rotated (it wouldn't be very useful if it couldn't) The rotate can be done as before by using the selection tool and having the control just close to the end point.


You can constrain the angle of the rotation to 45 and 90 degrees etc. Create a path using the LS tool. Select the top end point. Rotate and hold shift to constrain


Or use the transform panel to rotate the path.


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