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Jan 28, 2013 3:28 PM

Hello guys, it's been quite some time since I've been stumped and needed to resort to the best resource on the net... You Guys! lol anyway, here is an image of what I need to create and I've been trying to do this using line segment or pen, but my problem with line segment is the blunt ends and the pen does not allow me to change the stroke width to reflect the wider lines.  I'm still a newbie and probably always will be, so easy to understand instructions are as always, greatly appreciated.

 

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The "Dial" is actually this wierd rectangle shape with the odd dip at the top, but all I need is the black artwork inside the dial.  You can see that the side lines are a different width then the top and the sides slant inward a bit.  What would be the easiest way to re-create this and keep the stroke width correct?

 

Thanks guys!

 
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    Jan 28, 2013 4:41 PM   in reply to Jber505

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    Don't draw thinking "stroke", draw thinking "shape".

    Use the Pen tool to trace the outer and inner edges of the shapes. Then make them compound paths.

     

    I, personally, would not think "strokes" to recreate that artwork.

     

    Snap_001.png

     

    (I did use Photoshop to straighten your image first)

     
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    Jan 28, 2013 4:09 PM   in reply to Jber505

    Jber,

     

    Or, starting over you may get both the slanting and the constant widths and horizontal top/bottom ends if you:

     

    1) Create vertical straight stroke/nofill paths with the same widths as the original (one width for the three long ones that are to form part of the Compound Path and one width for the six short ones within) and distances as the (almost) vertical ones measured at the bottom, you may make them all full length (top to bottom) and maybe a bit to bite off;

    2) Select all and Distort with the Free Transform Tool, dragging (inwards) by the top left corner while holding Ctrl+Alt+Shift/Cmd+Option+Shift until you have the right slanting/perspective;

    3) Object>Path>Outline Stroke;

    4) Lock/hide the three wide paths;

    5) Create horizontal paths where you want to cut the six shorter/thinner ones, and Object>Path>Divide Objects below, and remove the unwanted parts;

    6) Unlock/unhide the three wide paths;

    7) Create horizontal paths at top and bottom with the desired width (same as the original) as Stroke Weight and Object>Path>Outline Stroke;

    7) Select 5) and 6), Pathfinder>Divide, and remove the unwanted parts;

    8) Pathfinder>Merge and delete the empty paths inside the Compound Path.

     
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    Jan 29, 2013 3:51 AM   in reply to [scott w]

    Scott,

     

    I sometimes have a strange issue which hides uploaded images;  they may suddenly appear when I Reload current page in the browser or when I enter the thread anew, as it happened just now with yours (starting late today at almost 1PM).

     

    Now I can (fully) enjoy your post, as I always do, and I can see that you had already demonstrated the Free Transform perspective when I posted yesterday.

     
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    Jan 29, 2013 4:06 AM   in reply to Jber505

    Jber,

     

    I had the item numbers messed up (dividing one item into two and failing to complete the changing), I apologize for the sloppy posting, done in too much haste at 1AM.

     

    From the second item 7 on, it should read:

     

    8) Select 6) and 7), Pathfinder>Divide, Ungroup, and remove the unwanted parts;

    9) Pathfinder>Merge and delete the empty paths inside the Compound Path.

     

    If the unloked/unhidden three wide paths 6) as well as the horizontal top and bottom paths 7) with the ends marked with red have been changed into closed paths by Object>Path>Outline Stroke (see 3) and 7)), the use of Pathfinder>Divide (and the Ungroup that I forgot to mention) in 8) should create separate independent paths which may be deleted before mergging in 9).

     
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    Jan 29, 2013 4:33 AM   in reply to Jacob Bugge

    Actually Jacob.. I edited after you posted I believe. I was creating the iamge while you were posting, so you wouldn't have seen it

     
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    Jan 29, 2013 7:01 AM   in reply to [scott w]

    Ah, Scott.

     

    You really got me there. As I said, I hurried off at 1AM yesterday and only opened the thread today.

     
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    Jan 29, 2013 7:06 AM   in reply to Jber505

    Jber,

     

    Yesterday, I made a quick sketch while posting (playing it before saying it) to increase the likelihood of including all the details, and that resulted in two nofill/nostroke paths corresponding to the counters/holes in the Compound Path to delete.

     

    But that may be version dependent so you may not get them at all.

     

    If you just have the Compound Path with the double triplets of paths inside, you are done.

     
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    Jan 29, 2013 12:08 PM   in reply to Jber505

    Jber,

     

    In your screenshots in post #12, nothing is selected, which makes it difficult to guess. Are the three (more or less) vertical paths and the two horizontal ones all outlined to be filled closed paths with no strokes?

     
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