Is there anyway to combine hobby paths and lines into a single path so that I can apply a post-action?

Basically, I want my orientation arrows to be equally spaced along the entire path rather than the individual components.



  clockwise arrows/.style={
        mark=between positions 0 and 1 step 40pt with {\arrow{>}},


\coordinate (B1) at (7,-1);
\coordinate (B2) at (7,1);

\coordinate (A1) at (1,2);
\coordinate (A2) at (1,-2);

\draw[magenta, thick, clockwise arrows] (A1) -- (A2);
\draw[magenta, thick, clockwise arrows] (B1) -- (B2);

\draw[magenta,thick,use Hobby shortcut, clockwise arrows] (B2) .. (4.5,2) .. (3,3) .. (A1);
\draw[magenta,thick,use Hobby shortcut, clockwise arrows] (A2) .. (3,-3) .. (4.5,-2) .. (B1);


Note arrows are not equally spaced.

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    What goes wrong if you just put them into a single path command? That ought to work just fine. – Loop Space Sep 30 '16 at 5:29
  • How do I do that :S ? – vrbatim Sep 30 '16 at 7:33

You can combine your four draw statements into a single statement:

\draw[magenta,thick,use Hobby shortcut, clockwise arrows] 
    (B2) .. (4.5,2) .. (3,3) .. (A1) -- 
    (A2) .. (3,-3) .. (4.5,-2) .. (B1) -- cycle;

Note that you can mix .. and -- and that cycle closes the loop.

But, you will still get that horrible arrow at the start of the path. To fix that you could just make the decoration start a bit further along:

    mark=between positions 0.05  and 1 step 40pt with {\arrow{>}},

with these changes your example produces this:

enter image description here

  • Couldn't have put it better myself! – Loop Space Sep 30 '16 at 16:13
  • @LoopSpace I'm sure you could. – Thruston Sep 30 '16 at 18:53

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