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howto create realistic stitched patch effect

Dec 16, 2010 2:08 PM

the title says it all, how do you realisticly recreate a embroided patch effect.
think of militairy patches.

 

this pictures shows what i mean

http://e-patches.com/wp-content/uploadszsedc/2008/05/airsoft.jpg

http://www.emblemworks.com/zencart/images/sec.jpg

 

i have been fiddling around with the scribble effect. but i cant get the lighting to look right.

 

tnx in advance,
-Diego

 
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    Dec 16, 2010 2:44 PM   in reply to DAMJ

    I find expanding the scribble effect and applying a gradient to the resuting shape helps a great deal.

     
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    Dec 16, 2010 3:35 PM   in reply to DAMJ

    You would need to create a custom pattern brush to get the stitching to follow the path. Not easily done, but possible.

     
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    Dec 17, 2010 7:43 PM   in reply to DAMJ

    Edit: Never mind misunderstood your issue.

     

    Learn the appearance palette it is your friend.

     

    Bert

     
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    Dec 18, 2010 6:31 AM   in reply to DAMJ

    Embroidery border.

     

    Store the Appearance as a Graphic Style. Apply it to any path. Create the original grad using only grays, set the Colorization mode of the Pattern Brush to Hue Shift or Tints & Shades, and the one Brush will serve for any color "thread".

     

    JET

     
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    Apr 6, 2012 7:19 PM   in reply to DAMJ

    Hi, Thank for the short tutorial. It is very helpful but in my case I must be missing something because I can't make it work.

     

    I follow this tutorial but when I get to the "pathfinder:merge" I don't know with which other shape I have to merge it.

    If I skip the merge and drag it to the brushes, I get an error "The selected artwork contains an element that cannot be used

    in a pattern brush". I found out that the problem is the gradient because if I do all the same without gradient then I can use

    the artwork as a pattern. The problem is that I nedd the gradient to make it realistic. Can somebody tell me what I am doing wrong?

     

    Thank you very much in advance for your help

     

    Carlos

     
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    Apr 6, 2012 8:06 PM   in reply to carlosllebry

    You can't use grad fills in a Brush. So, as the instructions indicate, you have to:

     

    1. Object>Expand Appearance. (Flattens the live Scribble Effect.)
    2. Object>Expand...>Fill. Specify Steps: 20. (Flattens the live Gradient Fill into a set of discrete paths with normal solid fills.)
    3. PathFinder palette>Merge. (Unions adjacent areas of same color, and punches areas of overlap. This is just to further optimize the Brush by minimizing the number of paths.)

     

     

    These steps are all mentioned in the demo, but are not as explicitly spelled-out, because the assumption is the reader has read the manual and is familiar with the basic features and commands, and would therefore understand the "shorthand" instructions.

     

    JET

     
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    Apr 7, 2012 9:29 AM   in reply to JETalmage

    In my case, the Round Corners effect doesn't give small round corners. What would I be doing wrong?

    Untitled-2.png

     
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    Apr 7, 2012 9:53 AM   in reply to jay fresno

    Try something larger than 0.001 in. That can't even be shown on the screen.

     
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    Apr 7, 2012 10:10 AM   in reply to Larry G. Schneider

    Thanks for the suggestion. I couldn't get the round corner effect to work for me no matter what. But the round any corner script worked.

     
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    Apr 7, 2012 11:56 AM   in reply to jay fresno

    Not entirely relevant, but maybe helpful to anyone who happens upon this thread later (get it?  Thread! I crack myself up.)

     

    I had cooked up a way to "embroider" a while back which might come in handy for the rest of the patch or whatever you might be making.

     

    Source file here: http://www.illustratorhints.com/2010/05/embroidered-text-effect/

     

    Screen shot 2012-04-07 at 11.52.29 AM.png

     
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    Apr 7, 2012 1:48 PM   in reply to Jesseham

    COOL!

     
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    Apr 7, 2012 2:06 PM   in reply to Jesseham

    Thanks, Jesse.

     

    (That was sew funny. You have me in stitches. I'll needle little time to recover.)

     
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    Apr 7, 2012 3:22 PM   in reply to DAMJ

    Maybe we shall all be stitched up before we knowhowto.

     
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    Apr 7, 2012 8:32 PM   in reply to Jacob Bugge

    Ah, you guys are a rip!

     
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    Oct 30, 2013 12:39 PM   in reply to Jesseham

    Has anyone ever applied an embroidery effect to a logo? If so, how is that accomplished?

     
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