How to create arrows | Illustrator CC, CS6

Do you want to learn how to create arrows, and add arrowheads to strokes? I recommend this excellent tutorial by Michael Jarott.

There are several ways to create an arrow using Illustrator CS6. Here are five different methods that will give you a wide variety of arrows to choose from:

  • Using the Stroke Panel
  • Using Symbols
  • Using Glyphs
  • Using Brushes
  • Using Shapes

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  1. #1 by Paul clark on March 27, 2013 - 11:42 pm

    how do i make arrowheads. It was simple with cs4

  2. #2 by Brendan on March 31, 2013 - 5:38 am

    I have been making aarows sense I was 14. But never had a strong and fast one??

  3. #3 by Oliver on July 30, 2013 - 2:44 pm

    It’s the plague that’s been within Adobe the last 5 years or so, they forget about common sense and make their GUIs weird and fucked up! So many other things that’s crazy complicated too

  4. #4 by Miguel on August 27, 2013 - 10:11 pm

    Go to PPT create a slide, and arrow that suits your exact needs, then copy paste it to AI. Unfortunately AI is not clever enough to be used by general public…

  5. #5 by tippie on October 27, 2013 - 7:00 am

    It’s really easy (CS5):

    1. draw a line
    2. go to the Appearance panel
    3. Select Stroke
    4. You will see Add arrowheads You can choose arrow heads at the beginning of the line, at the end, and then you can also specify the size of the arrow (0-100%). Easy does it!

    • #6 by agusco on December 5, 2013 - 8:36 pm

      Thank you tippie! Your tip worked for me!

    • #7 by Jamie Monson on November 19, 2014 - 5:36 pm

      Thanks god, I’ve been looking for this for weeks – first sensible reply I’ve found! Thanks

  6. #8 by EV on March 13, 2014 - 10:25 pm

    Thanks Tippie! After I figured out I had to click on the WORD “stroke”, the palette came up and I got exactly what I wanted! Blessings to you!

  7. #9 by Ryan on May 20, 2014 - 5:10 pm

    It is actually easier to make arrowheads now in CC than before. The problem is they completely moved where the feature is located compared to previous versions. As someone who has used Illustrator in college and professionally for over 8 years, the experienced user shouldn’t have to search high and low for common features. The previous comments about it being in the stroke panel is correct.

  8. #10 by Liton on April 15, 2015 - 10:42 pm

    Also using line tool possible to create arrows.

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