Creating Fill Color in Arrowhead - Illustrator


I'm trying to create a graphic style that looks like "A", applicable to a stroke.

I can get "B" using the stroke panel, with arrowhead options, but I'm not able to control the stroke weight of the circle or the fill color...

Ideas? Thanks


3/27/2015 3:55:00 PM

Accepted Answer

There is a way to customize arrowheads, but it is quite daunting. If you are going to use the custom arrowhead all the time it would make sense to create a custom one. For only one time uses, I would not suggest it.

But since you asked...

From Adobe's help

Customize arrowheads

To define custom arrowheads, open the file, which is located under ShowPackageContent\Required\Resources\\ (for Mac) and \Support Files\Required\Resources\\ (for Windows). Follow the instructions in the file to create custom arrowheads.

Place the updated file at: \Plug-ins\ and avoid replacing the existing file.

The file has very detailed instructions about how to create the arrowheads.

Now, last but not least...

How did I come up with this answer

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3/27/2015 8:48:00 PM

I would create the 2 objects separately. For web, the circle is ~72px with a 1.5 pt stroke. Use the eye drop tool (I) to get the colors.


Stroke options for the line extending from the circle

stroke line



You can then group the 2 objects together or combine then with the path finder. You can also expand the shapes.