Creating Single Chevrons in Indesign & Using the Pathfinder Tool Part 2

I recently created a new photography logo for myself, the first draft was created in Photoshop, I tend to use PS when I’m playing with ideas as I find certain tools easier/quicker to use. When it came to re-creating the logo in Indesign it took me longer than I like to admit to work out how to straighten the ends of the chevrons after using the rectangle tool to create them and placing them at an angle, see below:

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I’m now going to talk you through the step by step process of creating chevrons like the ones used below in my new logo.

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Chevron Tutorial Feature

1. Using the rectangle tool, draw a straight line.

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2. Now to rotate the line at an angle, using the selection tool (V) select the line you have just created and rotate from one end to your desired position.

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3. Drag a guide down from the rulers to the top of your object.

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4. Once done, copy and paste this layer, right click the new layer and select Transform > Flip Vertical and position as below.

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5. Don’t worry that the top doesn’t create the perfect point, we are about to create this now. Using the polygon tool, double click the polygon tool  and set the number of sides to 3.

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6. Place the triangle into position over the top of the two lines. This will require a bit of re-sizing before it fits perfectly. (Try using a different colour when setting the triangle into place as it makes it easier to position but don’t forget to change the colour back before moving onto the next step).

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6. Now we need to join these three layers together, you can learn about this in more detail in a previous post – joining shapes in Indesign. But I will go through it quickly for you here. Select both layers and navigate to the pathfinder tool and select the Add pathfinder to combine the two layers into one shape.

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7. Now that the shape is combined it can be duplicated as many times as you wish.

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8. You’ll notice the bottom half of the chevrons now look like this:

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However for this tutorial we are looking to achieve the below finishing on the ends of the chevrons:

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To create this straight edge effect, we go back to using the pathfinder tool. Drag a guide down to where you would like the straight edge to be, see below.

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9. Using the rectangle tool, draw an object big enough to cover the area you want to erase and make sure the chevron is arranged on top of the rectangle, as below. (Tip – You can arrange layers by highlighting them, right click and choosing Arrange.)

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10. To erase the area, highlight the chevron as well as the rectangle shape before navigating to the Pathfinder tool and this time selecting the Minus Back option (circled below).

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And voila, we now have the perfect straight edge.

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Repeat this for all chevrons, using the guides to get an even spacing between each one.

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