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How to create curved arrow in Blend? RRS feed

  • Question

  • I would like to create an arrow that bends around a shape for a WPF project. Are there any tutorials out there that shows how to do this?

    Thanks!!
    Saturday, November 8, 2008 4:58 PM

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  • Hi,

    A graphic example would be nice to understand the requirement.

    Thanks!


    Jeetendra Kukreja [MSFT]
    Tuesday, November 25, 2008 12:43 AM
  • Hi MagellanTX,

    If you want to draw and arrow, use Expression Design, its much more easier, and you can easily export it as a bitmap image, or copy and paste it in your Silverlight & WPF projects.

    To draw complex shapes, you need to learn how to use the pen tool, here are some links to get started with the Pen Tool:

    Using the Pen Tool (Video)
    Using the Pen Tool (Tutorial)

    Hope this helps

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    Tuesday, November 25, 2008 9:06 AM
  • Here's what I would do:

    • Using the Pen tool, draw a line - it can be straight, that's fine (basically, just click and make two points on the screen).
    • Change to the Direct Selection tool (the white arrow).
    • Hover over the line until you see what looks like a curve next to the arrow itself.
    • Press the ALT button and drag the line in the direction of the curve you want (click on the line, not end points).
    • Adjust the tangent lines until you get it curved the way you like it...feel free to experiment by adding new points and curves, etc.
    • At the end of the line, draw a triangle or whatever shape for the arrow head using the Pen tool.

    Nothing really complicated, Expression Blend just doesn't have premade arrows, but once you get the hang of the tools, it's really simple.

    Wednesday, December 3, 2008 6:45 PM
  • Expression Blend just doesn't have premade arrows, but once you get the hang of the tools, it's really simple.

    No longer true - Expression Blend 4 has the LineArrow, which also supports basic curving - you can specify the amount and the direction (perpendicular to the direction of the arrow's body) to turn a straight arrow into a bent arrow, but you won't get fanzy bezier paths.
    Wednesday, August 10, 2011 5:57 AM