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  • Vector designs

    I see these vector designs, and I think theyre pretty cool. Alone, I'm not really sure what they are used for, but some of the techniques can be implemented to accent other projects.

    The main thing I'm wondering is... Is there a more efficient way to make the long line strokes that seem to change diameter without creating a shape with the pen tool and filling it in to get the change in thickness? Like is there some way I could just use the pen tool and create a path, then change the thinkness of the path at certian points? It is very hard to draw that many lines by making them shapes and filling them with a color. I hope this is clear. Any help on this kind of design technique would be appreciated. Thanks guys!
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    You can, in theory, just use the pen tool to draw a single stroke with a weight roughly what you want the final thickness to be. Then outline it and adjust the anchor points manually. You have to be pretty comfortable with the direct selection and pen tools, but those are fairly easy to learn if you aren't already familiar with them.

    I've used this method a few times with fairly decent success.
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    • #3
      Long thin lines like that aren't difficult. Its just one stroke with a pen tool

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      • #4
        You can also use a custom brush to outline the stroke.

        I would do it Shelle's way, though, for accuracy. Either that, or make an path, stroke it with the broad width you want, outline it, then make a copy (ALT/OPT-click and drag) of the path and position it where it'll cut off the path towards the thin end. Select both paths, and ALT/OPT-click on the Subtract icon in your pathfinder palette (second path should be on top).
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        • #5
          Here's another way you may want to try. Alows for Smooth transitions.
          Using elipses and some smooth shapes with box areas so you can "cut" them up.
          Last edited by Danger_Mouse; 06-26-2008, 03:19 PM.
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          • #6
            Originally posted by activeseven
            Long thin lines like that aren't difficult. Its just one stroke with a pen tool
            I know how to draw a thin line. I'm trying to make that line change thickness a few times throughout the path smoothly...

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Danger_Mouse
              Here's another way you may want to try. Alows for Smooth transitions.
              Using elipses and some smooth shapes with box areas so you can "cut" them up.
              I like that. i don't know why I didnt think of that. Thanks.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Danger_Mouse
                Here's another way you may want to try. Alows for Smooth transitions.
                Using elipses and some smooth shapes with box areas so you can "cut" them up.
                That's sort of what I was getting at, but you showed it much better.
                Ned Yeung, A.C.E.
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                • #9
                  yeah I reread yours, does the same thing really. I just use the divide tool more.

                  Another trick I think is handy ....
                  Last edited by Danger_Mouse; 06-26-2008, 03:19 PM.
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                  • #10
                    Yeah, that is very handy, DM. Thanks for sharing that!
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                    • #11
                      you don't have to go into the pathfinder options everytime you do it either. Only everytime you restart illy.
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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Danger_Mouse
                        yeah I reread yours, does the same thing really. I just use the divide tool more.

                        Another trick I think is handy ....
                        Maybe I'm missing something, but doesn't option+clicking "crop" achieve the same thing?

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                        • #13
                          alot of those shapes that you posted in that pic are usually brushes you can download for photoshop. one trick I like to use is make a whole image of just brush shapes, posterize them in photoshop (or design them in black and white) place it in Illy CS2 and auto trace. Alot of those flowers and leaves are easily implemented. I could probably do that whole piece in under 20 minutes.
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                          • #14
                            Yeah, that would probably be the easiest way around that.

                            Myself, I would draw it in Illy, using symbols to avoid duplicating work.
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                            • #15
                              I bought a dover ornament book.

                              the electronic files it comes with are pretty crappy, they arent vector. But you can enlarge them and use live trace, then smooth them out with the smooth pencil. its a pretty simple process, once you get it down it take no time at all. At first I thought this was a bust, but then I figured it out, now I can get almost all the ornaments out of it without a problem, I'd be willing to bet a good amount that books like these are one of the primary ways the pro's do it.
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