3. Measuring your basic block and marking points in Adobe Illustrator

Like manual paper pattern making, the ruler is possibly the most important tool in your arsenal. Having the ability to measure straight and curved lines, and marking points on those lines is a fundamental part of pattern cutting. It’s the same for digital pattern making, although the tools we use are slightly different.  In this tutorial, we show you which tools we use to do this and how to use them effectively.

 

 

 

Tutorial Overview

1. Selecting, copying and moving a point.

2. Dragging and placing a point on the shoulder tip.

3. Moving a point a set distance using the Move Dialogue box and exploring negative and positive measurements on the X and Y axis

4. Measuring the distance between two points using the Line tool and Document Info tool. 

5. Rotating a point-to-point measurement to line up with the front shoulder seam.

6. Copy and pasting a point-to-point measurement from the front shoulder seam to the back shoulder seam.

7. Adjusting the location of your points using the arrow keys on your keyboard.

8. The correct way to remove a point. 

8. Finding the length of a curved line by isolating it using the Scissor tool and Document Info tool.

9. Marking a point a set distance along a curved line using the Scissor tool and Document Info tool.

Beginner

7 Comments

  1. ifeoma Chidolue

    i really didnt get the part about reducing or finding a point around the curve i went over it severally but just couldnt navigate it. Was quite frustrating.I dont know if its because im using the trial version?

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  2. ILANA BINYAMINI

    HELLO TO TOU RALPH.
    I HAVE ALREADY THE ANSWERS TO MY QUESTIONS AND I CONTINUE TO WATCH YOUR EXCELLENT LESSONS.

    THANK YOU VERY MUCH
    ILANA

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  3. ILANA BINYAMINI

    HELLO TO YOU RALPH.
    YOUR COURSES ARE A GREAT TREASURE INDEED.
    CAN I HOPE THAT A TURTORIAL OF DRAFTING SIMPLE BASIC BLOCK OF STRAIGHT SKIRT WILL COME IN THE NEAREST FUTURE?
    IS IT POSSIBLE?
    THANK YOU IDEED A LOT ABOUTWHAT YOU ARE DOING IN THIS GREAT WEB. IT IS GREAT .
    ILANA

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  4. ILANA BINYAMINI

    HI.
    THE TURTORIALS ARE GREAT BUT I LOOK AFTER ONE THING THAT IS NOT MENTIONED.:
    I WANT TO DRAFT BASIC BLOCK PATTERNS AND I KNEED TO USE THE DYNAMIC MEASURE TOOL NOT ONLY AS IT NOW HOVER OVER THE LINES BUT WHEN I TRACE THE LINES TO TRACE THEM ACCORDING WHAT I WANT EXACTLY. .
    WHY IT IS NOT FOUND UNDER THE ” W INDOW”? WHERE CAN I FIND IT AND APPLY THE LINES IN THE EXACTLY MEASUREMENT ?
    I HAVE THE LATEST VERSION OF ILLUSTRATOR AND USE WUNDOWS NOT MAC.
    THANK YOU VERY MUCH AND I APOLOGIZE ON MY BED ENGLISH .

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  5. sarvin

    This is great, thank you sooooooo much

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  6. Samia Buchan

    OMG where have you been all my life??

    Thank you so much for these amazing tutorials. I will be sure to share my first Illustrator pattern with you. When I come round to it…

    The time you have put into this, wow, again, thank you.

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    • Ralph Pink

      Hi Samia. Thanks for your lovely message! So glad you love the site and the tutorials. You’re very welcome and please do share your patterns, we’d love to see them! Thanks again.

      Reply

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