[thelist] illustrator paths and points

Joe Crawford jcrawford at avencom.com
Tue Mar 20 16:11:11 CST 2001

"A. Erickson" wrote:
> I'm working on a logo and having the usual bitch of a time with the paths
> and points tool. One of my biggest problems is that I want things to look
> mathematically correct and I just can't get it.
> Fer instance... when I'm making a curved line, it doesn't always curve in
> the smoothest manner because I'm doing it by hand and sometimes I get it
> right and other times I don't. God forbid I should want to create another
> curve that matches it. Is there some tool that I'm missing? What do you all
> work with when you're making paths?
> thanks in advance for any advice!

Totally depends on what you're doing. One of the best ways to get curves
it to use circles and ovals as generated by the circle tool, and use the
razor tool to cut away what I don't need.

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((normally I wouldn't answer a question like this - but I was up till
2am last night in Illustrator doing stuff like this:
http://artlung.com/viridian02001.1/ - and much of it was simply using
circles and the "divide" filter to get the curves I want.))

Thinking out loud, to make a "7" with a really sexy curve, I might use
an oval to describe the negative space to the right of the 7 to get the
pieces and parts.

As an example, makes some overlapping circles, select them all, then do
"divide", then "ungroup" - then you will have lots of "shards" of things
with very smooth curves.

Does that make sense?

Perhaps that was helpful...

	- Joe
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