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    Guys I'mvery new to illustrator and im trying to recreate the image attached. Im ok with doing the rectangle, with the curved top right corner. The problem comes with doing the 'squareish' crescent shape. I'm trying but im really struggling. Any tips on creating this shape? Thankss!!
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    Hi Chuck and welcome to GDF.

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    • #3
      ;Hello Chuck, recreating this image in illustrator can be little tough. You can try ​PhotoViewerPro for this. May be it help.

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        I don't think the point is to reproduce the shapes in a cheap, run-of-the-mill photo editing program. He's trying to learn the right tool for the job, which in this case, is a vector-based illustration application, like Adobe Illustrator. Also, recreating the image in Illustrator isn't tough; it's a two-minute job once one gets the hang of the program.

    • #4
      You can try Illustrators auto trace feature. But it would be faster to break out the "pen" tool. Click a starting point and start hand tracing. Making curves is difficult for a beginer (man, I remember some 10 years ago) but if you look it up i'm sure you can find a tutorial.

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      • #5
        Ultimately ending up with something like this.
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        • #6
          I'd pen tool the top half, then mirror it for the bottom half and Pathfinder Unite it. That way they are perfectly the same.

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          • #7
            Originally posted by PrintDriver View Post
            I'd pen tool the top half, then mirror it for the bottom half and Pathfinder Unite it. That way they are perfectly the same.

            Yup, that's how I would do it too, then I'd remove the anchor points where they joined up just for the sake of tidiness. It's about two minutes worth of work. Beginners seem to have difficulty with that pen tool, but mastering its use it is essential to using Illustrator.

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            • #8
              Originally posted by Biggs097 View Post
              You can try Illustrators auto trace feature. But it would be faster to break out the "pen" tool. Click a starting point and start hand tracing. Making curves is difficult for a beginer (man, I remember some 10 years ago) but if you look it up i'm sure you can find a tutorial.

              Thanks alot guys!! Much appreciated! I'm going to grab a coffee and have another go at it! I'll let you know how it goes.

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              • #9
                The biggest hint with the pen tool:
                When following curves, find the mid point of the arc and set your point there, drawing out the bezier handle until the curve matches. You want as few points as possible when duplicating curves so you don't get wonky bends in the middle.

                The other hint is remembering you can shorten the length of one bezier handle or the other and also influence the curve using the next point, Even a line to arc corner can have one bezier handle.

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                • #10
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ID:	21418so thats what ive managed to do on the 2nd try. Ill keep trying untill I get the hang of it. Thanks alot guys! I WILL GET THE HANG OF THIS!!!!!
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                  • #11
                    Originally posted by andym1 View Post
                    ;Hello Chuck, recreating this image in illustrator can be little tough. You can try ​PhotoViewerPro for this. May be it help.
                    Hi Andym1 and welcome to GDF.

                    We ask all new members to read very important links here and here. These explain the rules, how the forum runs and a few inside jokes. No, you haven't done anything wrong, we ask every new member to read them. Your first few posts will be moderated, so don't panic if they don't show up immediately. Enjoy your stay.
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                    • #12
                      Not bad, now, for a moment, take off the stroke. Grab the two anchor points one either side of where you have the gap between those two shapes on the right. use the white arrow tool and pull them to over lap.

                      Then open your pathfinder and hit "merge". Now you should have one single shape.

                      Put your stroke back on.

                      (unless that gap was intentional)

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