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I want to make a brick-like pattern that follows a stratum for a geological cross section

Jan 8, 2013 5:29 PM

Tags: #geological_cross_section

There is a brick-like pattern on a geological cross section:



I could draw this in manually but am wondering if anyone knows a way to do it automatically so there is a uniform horizontal distance between vertical separators? I tried creating a brick type swatch, but this created horizontal lines which did not follow the curve of the stratum:



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    Jan 8, 2013 7:46 PM   in reply to ndthl123

    It should be pretty easy....


    Quick and dirty.....



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    Jan 9, 2013 1:04 AM   in reply to ndthl123

    it's basic pattern construction. Follow the links I posted earlier.


    The left side of this image shows the basic pattern artwork.

    The red rectangle on the right artwork show where a no-fill, no-stroke rectangle was added, then moved behind all other artork. Then everything was selected and dragged to the Swatch Panel to create a pattern swatch.




    Teh no-fill, no-stroke rectangle defines the boundaries of the pattern. It must be behind all other artwork.


    Once you have a pattern swatch, simply draw a rectangle (or any shape) then fill it with the pattern. Then apply the Envelope to distort.

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    Jan 9, 2013 1:52 AM   in reply to [scott w]

    One other thing:

    Object > Envelope Distort > Envelope Options: check Distort Pattern Fills.


    You can easily get that wavy bottom edge by applying a smooth zig-zag to a path that matches the bottom edge of the envelope.

    Create the rest of the shape with the Pen tool and (clipping) mask the distorted pattern with it.

    Then give the mask a stroke.

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    Jan 10, 2013 5:13 PM   in reply to ndthl123

    You're somewhat looking for CAD type fills in Illustrator. That's not going to happen. AI isn't CAD.

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    Jan 10, 2013 8:41 PM   in reply to ndthl123








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