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Chapter 12. Lines > To create or edit dashes or stripes:

To create or edit dashes or stripes:

1.
Choose Edit > Dashes & Stripes.

2.
To create a new style, choose New: Dash or Stripe , then type a name. (Or double-click the New pop-up menu to create a Dash style.)

or

To edit an existing style, double-click it. Or click its name, then click Edit.

or

To create a new dash or stripe style based on an existing style, click Duplicate, then change the name.

3.
Note the Preview as you do any of the following:

To create more dash or stripe segments, drag in the ruler, then drag again in another part of the ruler . (Five is the maximum for dashes.)

To move a dash or a stripe, drag inside it with the hand cursor.

To shorten or lengthen a dash or widen or narrow a stripe, drag either of its arrows.

To remove a dash, drag either of its arrows or the dash itself upward or downward off the ruler. To remove a stripe, drag either of its arrows or the stripe itself to the left or the right off the ruler.

If you want to specify the distance between dashes, enter a number in the Repeats Every field . The higher the Repeats Every value, the further apart the dashes will be. If you choose “times width” from the Repeats Every pop-up menu, dash segments will spread to fit the dimensions of the line or frame to which that style is applied. If you choose “Points” from the same pop-up menu, segments will maintain the same spacing no matter what.

Create a dash or stripe segment by entering the ruler % position where you want it to start in the Segments: Position field, then click Add.

4.
Choose a Miter style for the corners of a Bézier frame or a multi-segment line: Sharp, Rounded, or Beveled .

5.
For dashes, you can choose a different Endcap style for the shape of the ends of the dash segments . To enlarge the preview so you can see a closeup of how the endcap style looks, drag the Preview slider upward .

6.
Optional: Check Stretch to Corners to force the frame design to fit symmetrically around the corners of any box to which it is applied .

7.
Click OK.

8.
Click Save.

TIP

To remove a dash or stripe style, click on it, click Delete, respond to the prompt, if it appears, then click OK.



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