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I probably should not do this movie but here it is, before looking at it there are much better training materials available, Mordy Golding's Real World Illustrator and he has tutorial videos at Lynda.com and there is Adobe TV with lots of tutorials as well.
Thanks but...looks much more complicated.
You can't be serious! Here is how it works in Flash the same way as far as i can tell. You are not one of those strange Macomedia people that come here to whine for no good reason?
Anyway here is how it works in Flash explain the difference. BTW your original post sounds suspicious since you suggested to use the selection tool to do something for which you would use the direct select tool instead.
Check out Illustrator's warp tool.
Thanks, that definitely looks similar. It needs a little tweaking, but seems to work fine.However, do you know how can I do "right angle" selections, like this:
I can't seem to achieve something similar in Ai, without ending up with something like a deformed gelatin (I want the lines to remain straight)
EDIT: Pucker Tool + SHIFT seem to be working fine..
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Why don't you save that as a quicktime so we can all see it.
I have Flash obviously and know you can do things differently but
because you can do a whole lot more in Illustrator
Illustrator is different but the tools work the same way essentially
you just have to recognize that it is a different application.
We have been told that 80% of Flash users use Illustrator and that was
so before macromedia merged with Adobe.
Flash is powerful but so is Illustrator and i ca assure you if you ask
why this isn't like Flash the isn't like FreeHand crowd will push you
In other words you really do not expect it to work the same way, the
intent of the two programs are different and the origins and structure
Make you're video a quicktime or mpeg.
Oh, sorry, here's the video: http://www.mediafire.com/?mvmwzzn2bed
It's in MP4, I hope it works for everyone
Damn, I wish I was on my Mac right now.
What I basically want from Illustrator is the drawing tools of Flash (at least similar ones), since I'm now using another animation application.
I hope I'll be able to adapt to the new app soon enough.
BTW: I don't really feel comfortable with the pen tool, I'd like to use my own, Flash method.
Well you know that the type of shapes are different and so that might
not ever happen in illustrator.
There is a tool that is not popular that works a little like that if
you want to investigate called the reshape tool
under the scale tool. You click at various points along the path then
hold down the command or control key to get to the selection tool and
then drag path similar to what you do in
I you need a video i will do one later. Not quite the same but it
might work for you.
I see, the Reshape tool seems to be giving more precision to the edit. No need to do a video, got how it works by google-ing
Overall InDesign still feels different, but I'm starting to get used to it. I think I'll actually start liking it more once I explore the more advanced features.
I already got a couple of ebooks and some video tutorials.
Thanks for your help.
You're welcome and I hope I did not sound a little rude at first but
we have had some strange visitors here on occasion but you sound like
someone who will be a valuable contributor
and I bet you will know more about Illustrator than I do in a short
There is a feature request page that is sometimes good to visit if you
have sound ides about improving Illustrator.
Since the reshape tool has value to you, I think it can be improved as
you would like it you might want to
look at the eraser tool and the blob brush. As well as the live Paint
Your wish to have a better way of reshaping objects is a highly
desirable addition to these tools and very doable.
I hope someone like Scott Weichert or Mordy Golding stop by and give
us their impression about your way of working.
I have seen gary Newman but that would be good to have his opinion as
I think it is doable for AI.
Well, I guess there are weird guys everywhere
Anyway, I've checked those tools. The Blob Brush tool looks great for Flash-like brushing, though to say the truth I don't use brushes often (I actually may use them only for things like smoke, which then I blur). I almost do everything with my "clay modelling" method.
The Live Paint tool looks great. Especially the gap closing tools are helpful.
I guess I'll have to learn how to use every tool. Maybe I'm gonna post some creations when I'm ready.
You have me interested in seeing what you do.