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Spiral/Vortex with Multiple Objects

Jan 18, 2013 1:42 PM

Tags: #illustrator #mac #tool #vector #cs6 #spiral #vortex

Hi, all


I'm trying to replicate this image from Shutterstock with multiple objects to create this spiral vortex. tock-vector-card-suit-hearts-diamonds-spades-and-clubs-playing-cards-o p-art-vector-illustration-101051014.jpg


I looked up tutorials like this: .html

Where I can put say the hearts on one spiral.


But, the image seems to be multiple spirals in a uniform and equidistant manner. I would like to know how to go about making a "vortex" with multiple objects very similar if not the same to this fashion.


Please advise.


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    Jan 18, 2013 2:26 PM   in reply to lotrismylife



    You may consider another solution, such as:


    1) Create the innermost circle with the objects as a Group;

    2) Effect>Distort and Transform>Transform, using suitable values of Scale (Horizoantal = Vertical > 100%), Rotate (- some degrees for clockwise), Copies (number of additional circles).


    The tutorial leads to a spacing that decreases (to even become negative) with increasing size, which is the opposite of what you need.

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    Jan 18, 2013 10:15 PM   in reply to lotrismylife

    Hi lotrismylife,


    I was able to get a similar effect using the following steps:


    1. Create a pattern brush of the 4 symbols next to each other (that way you can distribute them easily around the circle).




    1. Start with the outermost circle, and apply the new pattern brush to it's stroke.
    2. Expand the circle
    3. Object > Transform > Transform Each (CTRL + ALT + SHIFT + D)




    1. Set the horizontal & vertical scale to be smaller than 100% (you must experiment with this, depending on how big the gaps between circles must be)
    2. Set the rotation angle (depending on how much each circle must rotate)
    3. Click on Copy
    4. Now continually press CTRL D - this will continue to create a copy of the outermost circle that is x % smaller, and x degrees rotated.
    5. End result:



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    Jan 19, 2013 7:08 AM   in reply to lotrismylife

    There's a number of ways to get things arranged in a circle.

    Pattern Brushes wedge-distort the artwork contained in their side tiles.

    Moreover, though, you should always work with Symbols for this kind of thing. And you can't contain Symbol Instances in Brushes.












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    Jan 19, 2013 7:19 AM   in reply to JETalmage

    Excellent solution JET - I learned something new.

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