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Offsetting Points
Date:  16. May 2007, 11:16

Hey all,

I've got another question. I'm trying to offset points from a path, with an equal distance from the path. To accomplish this I need to know the angle(direction) of the point. Is there an easy way to get to know this? I do think it's possible to get to know the direction, by measuring the distance between two points that are very close together, but I was wondering if there is an easier (better) way. I've attached an image.

Thijs.

Re: Offsetting Points
From:  Jürg Lehni
Date:  17. May 2007, 00:39

There is indeed a better way to do this:

Look at the curve object. It has methods to retrieve tangent and normal vectors at any given point of the curve. The values are exact, as there is a way to mathematically calculate these without any approximation.

Re: Offsetting Points
Date:  17. May 2007, 08:39

Thanks once again for the help!

Re: Offsetting Points
Date:  17. May 2007, 12:53

the Stitch-script on this site uses getNormal() and normalize() for this.

example:

```var art = new Path();
art.moveTo(500,500);
art.curveTo(500,250,250,500,250,500);
var art_copy = art.clone();
art_copy.curvesToPoints(50);

/*
curvesToPoints() used for this example,
but this doesn't give you a nice distribution
of points along the path.
*/

var count = art_copy.curves.length;
for (var k = 0; k < count; k++) {
var res = new Path();
var bezier = art_copy.curves[k];
var pt = bezier.getPoint(0);
res.moveTo(pt);
var n = bezier.getNormal(0).normalize(10);
// normalize(10) = offset from shape : 10 pts
if(n.x != 0 || n.y != 0){
}
}
art_copy.remove();
activeDocument.redraw();
```
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