My difficulty is based around making a tear drop shape on illustrator. I am using two shapes to make this, a square and circle (shown in attachment) however the accuracy is poor because the circle and square don’t line up.
I used a grid but still accuracy is difficult because its based on trial and error. Is there an accurate way to achieve this shape with success? Shown in example there are corners sticking out!
I have Illustrator CS3,
For aligning, select both square and circle and use the Align palette (align left and then top). Select both and combine with the Pathfinder> Add to shape area. Alternatively, draw the circle, select the upper left quarter arc and delete. Turn on Smart Guides and, with the Pen, connect the two end anchor points of the broken circle with a right angled path.
thanks so much for replying. I had a go at the align tool although it seemed to align the shapes by the centre of the stroke therefore making the teardrop slightly off centre. Enclosed relevant screen shot.
A little video some users simply have a newer type of work method though the older way of thinking coud come in handy for them.
The computer age tends to make us a little lazy about the way we think things out, if e can't hit the return key and have the solution we are becoming totally lost.
Draw a circle, use the pen tool and add a point between two of the circle points.
Drag this new point out and align it first with the point on the left, and then the one on the top.
Finally use the Direct Selection arrow and pull the curve lines into the new point, making it square.
I hope this is clear, it worked when I just tried it anyway.
If you think about it, in order for the square to line up smoothly with the top left quadrant of the circle, the dimensions of the square have to be exactly the same as the radius of the circle. The square in your example is a little bit too big.
Select the Elipse tool and click on the artboard. Enter the dimensions of the circle required; for example, width 100mm (you only have to click the word "height" to enter the same amount). The circle now has a radius of 50mm. Now select the Rectangle, click the artboard and enter a square with sides of 50mm. Select both and align as described above.
Tears are not looking like freely falling water drops. A water drop silhouette isn't looking like a circle with tangents. The shape of a water drop is easily created by the pen tool, maybe based on a scanned handdrawing, or a shape as found in the link above. If this should fail, then please listen here: Best regards --Gernot Hoffmann
Tears are not looking like freely falling water drops.
A water drop silhouette isn't looking like a circle with tangents.
The shape of a water drop is easily created by the pen tool,
maybe based on a scanned handdrawing, or a shape as found
in the link above.
If this should fail, then please listen here:
Best regards --Gernot Hoffmann
thanks again for that. I feel a little more clued up! enclosed screen dump of my second attempt at making a teardrop, does it look accurate to you? hopefully it does!
Erm yeah! However I wanted a more square corner as the corner at the mo was ever so slightly curved. I solved this problem by adding a square in the same colour underneath to give that illusion. Do you know any other way of preventing this curve?
Enclosed logo I am working on!
If this should fail, then please listen here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FhPPJ5dolxU&feature=related
Gernot... I just knew you were out there, man. I mean, like, way out, daddio.
thanks so much for your help. I located the miter join although not Ive made my shape it doesn't seem to be applying itself to the shape. The instead of the shape is straight but the outside is curved.
I tryed selecting it with the direct selection tool but doesn't seem to work,
You should be able to change from Round Join to Miter Join with the object normally selected, unless you preferences have been corrupted (if they are, you may Ctrl/Cmd+Alt/Option+Shift while waking Illy or Move the folder while Illy is asleep).
Which Join button is pressed in the Stroke when the teardrop is selected? And does the Info platte say 1 path with 5 points when Objects is ticked in the flyout?
Apart from that, I would do as Joe did, only pressing Alt/Option while Pathfinder>Add to Shape Area (this may be outdated in newer versions) to get one simple path.
And I prefer Crying in the rain sung by Gina Ward.
Well you waited a long time before you looked at the video so I had removed it.
It is very simple but if yiou are serious about this I will do it over. But I definitely not keeping the video up for a long time.