Just in case you’re not familiar with one, this is what a dartboard layout looks like:
and very recently I had to draw one for a demo. How long did it take? About five minutes, and in this post I’m going to be sharing how.
Note: As with many of these kinds of post, it’s not about what we’re drawing, but how we’re doing it—the skills can be applied to a multitude of things.
- Start out with the Polar Grid Tool (found nested with the line tool) and alt-click where you’d like the centre of your dartboard to be; the dialog opens and you can enter the dimensions—mine was 150 x 150mm—add 6 concentric dividers and 20 radial dividers then click OK to exit the dialog.
- Choose the Group Selection Tool (nested with the Direct Selection Tool) and select the first circle inside the group
- Tap S to access the Scale Tool and immediately hit RETURN to launch the Scale dialog; enter a uniform value of 145 and hit OK—this will create the outside of the board
- Select the next circle, that will form the inner-part of the doubles ring. Again, tap S and hit RETURN to access the Scale dialog, and scale this one up by 128%
- Select the next smallest circle and scale that down by 98% to form the outer-part of the trebles ring then select the next circle and scale that by 112% to make the inner-part
- Our dartboard needs to rotate by 9º, so with the whole thing selected tap R to get the Rotate Tool and hit RETURN then enter 9 in the dialog and click OK to get that sorted
- Choose the Shaper Tool (nested with the Pencil Tool) and make an erasing gesture across some of the lines within the centre circle—it may help if you’re zoomed in to do this and also don’t try and do it all at once—two or three passes will work best.
- This has now become a set of Shaper Groups; you’ll need to merge these and then expand them to continue, so with the whole thing selected click Merge Shaper Groups and then Expand in the Control Strip
- Now we’ll select (with the Group selection Tool) the circle that we have previously ignored (the second smallest) and scale that down to about 25% to form the bulls-eye. Once that’s done select everything and unify the stroke weights using the drop-down in the Control Strip
We’re going to add colour here using the Live Paint tools; Live Paint has a couple of benefits—firstly it’s fast—and secondly it is flexible. If it becomes necessary to scale any of those rings for example, then the live paint group will just change the shape of the fills to accommodate your modifications.
- Select everything and use the shortcut ALT-⌘-X (ALT-CTRL-X on Windows) or from the menus: Object > Live Paint > Make to turn this into a live paint group.
- Choose the Live Paint Selection Tool (nested with the Shape Builder Tool and Live Paint Bucket); SHIFT-L is the accelerator for this tool
- Drag a marquee around the entire shape (it’ll highlight as shown below on the left) and give it a dark grey fill
- Now select segments—hold down SHIFT to select multiple—and then choose a fill colour
You should be able to complete the board in just a few moments!
Grab something nice to drink, then sit and watch the whole process in this video: