Polygonal Spiral Shapes
Polygonal spiral shapes are parametric shapes that generate a spiraling open path from a starting to an ending radius, using linear sides, instead of curves. Polygonal spirals can be used as object shapes, or building blocks for more complex shapes.
The properties of a polygonal spiral shape can be edited using the Node tool or the Shape panel.
Drawing Polygonal Spirals
Polygonal spirals can be drawn using the Polygonal Spiral tool from the application toolbox. To draw a polygonal spiral:
- Select the Polygonal Spiral tool from the toolbox.
- Press the mouse on a starting location on the canvas, this will be the center of the polygonal spiral.
- Drag the mouse to set the polygonal spiral radius and rotation.
- Hold the Shift key to restrict the polygonal spiral rotation to user specified increments (45 degrees by default).
- Release the mouse to create a polygonal spiral with the selected radius and rotation.
If the document view is rotated, the polygonal spiral shape will be drawn with the opposite rotation angle to the view.
The default polygonal spiral options can be set by double clicking on the Polygonal Spiral tool icon in the toolbox. For example: the spacing of the polygonal spiral can be set before drawing the polygonal spiral.
To create a polygonal spiral by setting the numeric properties of the shape, click at a point on the canvas. This will open the Polygonal Spiral view (described below) that contains all the polygonal spiral shape properties. Set the required values and press Ok to create a new object with a polygonal spiral shape.
Editing Polygonal Spirals
The Node tool can be used to interactively edit polygonal spiral shapes:
- Select the object with a polygonal spiral shape.
- Select the Node tool from the application toolbox.
- An inner and outer handle is shown. The outer handle is shown at the polygonal spiral angle and radius position, not at the ending point of the spiral.
- Adjust the size and radius of the polygonal spiral by dragging the outer handle.
- Adjust the initial radius of the polygonal spiral by dragging the inner handle.
- Hold the Shift key to restrict the rotation to user specified increments.
- Hold the Control key to change only the radius and keep the angle fixed.
- Hold the Option (Mac) or Alt (Windows) key to change only the angle and keep the radius fixed.
Polygonal Spiral Properties
The properties of a polygonal spiral shape can be edited in the Shape panel when the shape is selected, or in the Polygonal Spiral view, either from the shape panel, or when editing a shape style.
The following properties can be modified for a polygonal spiral shape:
- Initial - Select the initial (inner) radius of the polygonal spiral.
- Final - Select the final (outer) radius of the polygonal spiral.
- Spacing - Select the amount of spacing between a polygonal spiral revolution.
- Angle - Select the rotation of the polygonal spiral.
- Decay - Select the amount of decay in the polygonal spiral spacing as goes from the inside out.
- Bending - Select the amount of bending of the sides of the polygonal spiral.
- Sides - Select the number of sides used in one revolution of the polygonal spiral.
- Clockwise - Set the polygonal spiral shape direction to clockwise or counter-clockwise. The shape direction can be observed with the Node tool after converting the polygonal spiral to curves.
- Quadratic Bend - Select the use of quadratic curve segments when the sides of the polygonal spiral are bent. If unchecked, the bent sides will use cubic curve segments.