How to Make a Dotted Line in Illustrator

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Ash Ash (343)
5 minutes

Adobe Illustrator makes it easy to create custom dotted lines. Any version of Adobe Illustrator will work for this guide, but I'll be using Illustrator 2020 in the examples.

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Illustrator New Project

Start a new project in Illustrator or open the project in which you want to create a dotted line.

Open a new project by clicking Create new... on the left of the main menu or drag and drop an image onto the workspace. You can adjust the artboard or leave it as is.

Illustrator Pen Tool Line

Draw a line using one of the Pen tools to draw the path of your dotted line.

Illustrator Stroke Window

We'll use the stroke window to apply the dotted line effect. You can access it under the Window tab by selecting Stroke.

Illustrator Stroke Settings

The stroke window lets you adjust the parameters of your line. You can choose how thick the line is, what kind of shape appears around tight bends, and what we came for—a dashed line effect.

To create a dotted line effect, check the Dashed Line line box in the Stroke Window.

Illustrator Dotted Line

Once you've adjusted your dotted line settings, click away from the line with the Selection Tool to leave the stroke in place.

Congratulations! You've created a dotted line in Illustrator. You may also be interested in our guide on how to disable the start screen in Adobe Illustrator.

There's more than one way to draw a cat.
Ash Ash (343)

Drawing in Illustrator is a broad concept. There are so many tools available that you can use to create graphics, the best we can do is recommend a few basic ones to help you get started.