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Advice on using Pen tool to create shine effect?

Apr 15, 2012 6:40 PM

I'm very new to the pen tool. I want to draw a shape at the top of my rectangle and lower the opacity of it to make it appear similar to a top lit shine like something that Apple uses.


I place my first anchor point in the upper left corner, move the pen to the center of the rectangle (based on what the smart guides tell me) and drag the handle to the right, I then plot the anchor point in the upper right hand corner and it finishes the other side, Lastly, I close the path by clicking back on the first anchor point.


1.) is this the correct way to use the Pen tool?

2.) can anyone suggest anything else I might do make this effect look better?


Thanks in advance!Screen shot 2012-04-15 at 6.37.52 PM.png

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    Apr 15, 2012 6:59 PM   in reply to media kat

    Sounds like a good method to me.


    You might consider removing the stroke from the shape and using a gradient fill from white to transparent.

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    Apr 15, 2012 7:56 PM   in reply to media kat

    In the tarnsparency Panel there are the blending modes which work on individual object groups or layers


    and you can also give each object transparency as well.


    You mightwant to create a highlight or some kind of reflection.


    I am sure you can do better than I did I used an Effext>Styklize>Feaher to soften theedges of the highlights though often highlisht are no soft.


    Screen Shot 2012-04-15 at 10.50.46 PM.png

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    Apr 16, 2012 2:16 AM   in reply to media kat



    1.) Are there any blending modes like Photoshop has that may make it look better?


    2.) Does my use of the Pen tool sound correct?


    1) You may create a copy of the path, change the H(eight) to a (much) smaller value in the Transform palatte/panel with the upper centre Reference Point chosen, change either or both colours as desired, and Object>Blend>Make.


    2) Yes.

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