Adobe Illustrator/length of a path
QUESTION: I want to measure the length of a eclipse shape. Will you please show me how to use illustrator to do this? I would appreciate your prompt answer.
ANSWER: Hi Tammy.
I don't know what version of AI you're using and it's different in different versions.
There's a ruler tool at the bottom of the tool palette. Sometimes shares a square with another tool so it might be hiding.
There's also a Window called Transform. Window > Show Transform.
Click on your ellipse and look at the measurements in that window and you'll get your exact answer. If the result is shown in units you can't use, I believe you can change the units used to inches or pixels or mm, etc by using the flyout menu on the Transform window.
I can't remember for certain and I don't have a copy of Illustrator on the machine I'm using right now. If you can't change units there, I know you can change them globally in Preferences...
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QUESTION: My Adode Illustrator CS2 version 12.0.0. I looked into window> transform but it show heigh and width, not length of the circumderence/ parameter of the path. No option measurement in tool palette.
Thanks again. Tammy.
There is no way to find the exact circumference/perimeter of an ellipse. Not in Illustrator... not even in Geometry.
You could use some complex formulas to get an approximation.
That link shows some options for you!