Rotating Shapes in Illustrator
● Create a series of Oval Shapes using Filters in the Appearance Panel.
✓ Distort and Transform Filter ✓ Appearance Panel✓ Zig Zag
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Step #1: Open Your Project in Illustrator ~
✓ Open YOUR CURRENT PROJECT in Illustrator …
… (Remember: all these tutorials are intended to be
applied to YOUR PROJECT) …
✓ … make a New Layer, and lock your other layers.
Step #2: Colors ~
✓ Set the Fill Color to and the Stroke to black.
Step #3: Ellipse Tool ~
✓ Get the Ellipse Tool or hit the keyboard shortcut letter (L) …
✓ … and draw a perfect circle by holding Shift (⇧) while you drag.
Step #4: Appearance ~
✓ Click the Appearance icon or go to: Window > Appearance …
✓ … and click on the Stroke layer.
Step #5: Stroke ~
✓ Make a copy of the Stroke layer by clicking on the icon …
✓ … make sure you keep the LOWER Duplicated layer selected.
Step #6: Transform Effect ~
✓ Go to: Effect > Distort & Transform > Transform …
✓ … and lower the Scale to 97% for both Horizontal and Vertical.
✓ This makes a duplicate stroke slightly smaller than the outer one.
✓ You can see the new Transform effect in the Appearance panel.
Step #7: Make a 3rd Duplicate Layer ~
✓ Make a 3rd Duplicate layer …
✓ … and apply another Transform effect by going to: Effect > Distort & Transform > Transform, which gives an error message telling you that you are about to apply the new effect on top of the old one, and that's OK. Just hit Apply.
✓ Now apply 10% Horizontal and 100% Vertical scale …
✓ … and you get this:
Step #8: Rotate Angle ~
✓ Go to: Effect > Distort & Transform > Transform again and apply another effect to the shape, only this time, set Horizontal and Vertical back to 100% …
✓ … change the rotate angle to 9 degrees, and copies to 1:
✓ Now all you have to do hit the UP arrow.
✓ Make sure the Preview button is clicked.
Step #9: Make ANOTHER New Layer ~
✓ Create another New Layer, and lock your other layers …
… (Remember: Each shape should be on it's own layer …
✓ … set your Stroke AND Fill bother to Black …
✓ … and drag another circular shape from the center using Alt(⌥)+Shift
Step #10: Zig Zag ~
✓ Then go to: Effect > Distort and Transform > Zig Zag …
✓ … adjust the settings to get scalloped edges. Depending the size of your composition you will have to do your own experimentation.
Step #11: Appearance Panel ~
✓ Now open Appearance again and drag the Fill layer to the trash.
Step #12: Rotate 1 More Time ~
✓ Go to: Effect > Distort and Transform > Transform again, set copies to 1 and adjust the Angle…
✓ … so the two zig-zag's are evenly interspersed.
Step #14: Blending Modes ~
✓ With all the shapes selected, click Transparency or go to: Window > Transparency …
✓ … and change the Blending Mode until you get something you like.
✓ Also, experiment with lowering the Transparency (if necessary …)
Last Step: Save and Attach ~
✓ Save your work as - FIRST_NAME_LAST_NAME_PROJECT_NAME.ai]
✓ Attach it!
• ALWAYS save your projects using the following naming convention:
• DO NOT name your project any other way - Improperly named projects will not receive credit and you will be sad.
• NEVER leave your work on the desktop or depend on a flash drive - instead, save your work in a folder you can find later - preferably on a virtual drive where it can be backed up.
Other Resources: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5oQJXGXojwE