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Anders,I have a bit of a problem, I am new to Adobe Illustrator, but i have worked with Photoshop for ages. I want to try making little characters and logos in Ai, that i have drawn in hand.
I'm beginning to understand the program, but i don't know how to get the grids on top of a drawing, so I'm sure that the logo/character is symmetric, can someone tell me how?
To make something symmetric you may create one half and then Object>Transform>Reflect a copy and align both. To have something to work from, you may just use the View>Show Grid, and you may place things with
a) The Transform palette/panel, setting the relevant Reference Point and then X and Y values; if you wish to reflect something vertically left to right, you can place the rightmost part of the (left) original at X=0 and the leftmost part of the (right) copy at X=0,
b) The Align>Distribute, setting the Distribute Spacing to 0.
You may join each set of coinciding endpoint of open paths by DirectSelecting and Ctrl/Cmd+J.
I hope someone can help me out!
Thank you for sharing your idea, I will use that in the future! However it is the tracing - while keeping it symmetrical part, that is bugging me.
I want to be able to trace a logo or drawing, and be able to see the grids on top of the original drawing?
You may give the image a reduced transparency in the Transparency palette/panel, to have the grid show through. That may also make it less dominant when working with it.
Great idea, that will work! Why didn't just think of that?
You are welcome, Anders.