Hypotrochoid Shapes in Illustrator
● Make Shapes and Fill Them In with Color.
✓ Smart Guides ✓ Rotate Tool✓ Scale Tool
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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: Scale Tool ~
✓ Double-Click the Scale Tool …
✓ … and bring up the Scale Tool dialogue box - select Non-Uniform and 30 percent Horizontal.
Step #5: Smart Guides ~
✓ First, make sure Smart Guides is on by going to: View > Smart Guides:
Step #6: Rotate Tool ~
✓ Then get the Rotate Tool or hit the keyboard shortcut (r) …
✓ … and select the top anchor point.
Step #7: Alt - Click the Anchor Point ~
✓ With the top anchor point selected, hold the Alt (⌥) key …
✓ … and Click the Anchor Point with the Rotate Tool to bring up the dialogue box.
Step #8: Angle ~
✓ Set your Angle to 30 degrees, hit Preview, and click Copy.
Step #9: The Lower Side ~
✓ Now, take the Rotate Tool again and Alt - Click the lower Anchor Point on the new shape …
✓ … and hit Copy again.
Step #10: Back Top Side! ~
✓ Now Alt - Click the top of the new shape and hit Copy:
Step #11: Keep Going ~
✓ Keep going in the same way 11 times …
Step #12: Make New Layer ~
✓ Make another New Layer and lock the others …
✓ … get the Ellipse Tool again (keyboard shortcut letter (L) …
✓ … that's the effect that was 10 percent Horizontal …
✓ … click in the center of the shape, and hold while pulling with the Ellipse Tool …
… (Remember: Holding Alt (⌥)-Shift makes the circle expand from the center and keeps it perfectly round. …
Step #13: Color ~
✓With all the shapes selected, go to: Object > Expand …
✓ … open your Swatches and change the colors of the lines and fill.
Step #14: Blending Modes ~
✓ 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