When we launched DynamicSketch and InkScribe as May's joint Products of the Month I immediately thought of our friend Carlos Garro to demonstrate how these awesome plug-ins can be used to create creative and unique artwork. Learn about the plug-ins and Carlos's workflow below.


The Products of the month are DynamicSketch and InkScribe in May, this provided the challenge of creating and designing again. For this project I decided to create a series of hexagonal patterns based on manual sketches which will be traced in Illustrator with the “Products of the Month” (and with a little help from their brothers MirrorMe, SubScribe and VectorScribe).


The sketch was scanned to a medium resolution (150 dpi) and straightened using Photoshop. In a 10×10 file in RGB color mode the image was placed using the command “Place”.


We tick the “Template” check box so the image is in its own layer and is a template that was only molded. Only 2 sectors of the image were used: one used for trace with DynamicSketch and the other for InkScribe.


Two guides are placed in the center of the template (a vertical one the other one horizontal).


DynamicSketch Exercise

Using MirrorMe we place the central axis over the existing guides with the following parameters:

Position x=5 y=5, Angle = 0º, Number of Axes = 3, Apply to Layers (persistent).


With DynamicSketch we trace the segments highlighted in green. We establish that the width of the line is constant; with a precision of 5 and a smothness of 50%. We start creating the desired shape very simply.



One finished with the trace some points are fixed and the shape polished with PathScribe, the tool within the VectorScribe plug-in.


From the Color Themes panel two previously created color harmonies are imported to the document. They can be downloaded from the following links:





We assign a fill color to each element and make final adjustments using Pathfinder.



Creation of Pattern

After finishing the trace we apply the command “Remove Axes" in the MirrorMe panel.



Although the design is based on a hexagon it is necessary to circumscribe the figure inside the regular hexagon. To be able to do this in an effective matter we draw a circle using SubScribe “Circle by 2 or 3 points”. This circle helps circumscribe the original design. The circle is painted black and moved to the back.


Using DynamicShapes we convert this circle to a regular shape. We apply the command “Convert to DynamicShape”, this allows to change a regular polygon (in this case a hexagon). The rotation is change to “zero degrees”.


When using a regular polygon it’s easier to create a pattern.

We select the objects and in the menu Object>Pattern>Make.


We activate in Tile Type: Hex by Column. With the “Pattern Tile Tool” we adjust the area (highlighted in blue) to the shape of the black hexagon. The overlap is also modified (see the figure). We save the Pattern.



InkScribe exercise

Using the “Template” again, in a new layer we draw some strokes in a straight line using InkScribe. A advantage of InkScribe vs Pen Tool is that it allows to adjust the option to ignore little drags when you are using a tablet like a Wacom to draw.


With MirrorMe (this time changing the angle to 240) and start drawing the strokes. In occasions (like in the center of the image) it’s better to draw in the inside of the segment of MirrorMe and then with “Direct Selection Tool” adjust the strokes that you want to overlap.

After finishing the stroke and coloring the parts we "Remove the Axes” in the MirrorMe panel.



We repeat the process of creating a regular shape starting with the circle of SubScribe and then converting it in Dynamic Polygon (hexagon) using DynamicShapes. 

We eliminate the green figures in the design to accomplish of the Pattern. With the objects selected we go to the Object>Pattern>Make menu.

In this occasion with the “Tile Type” > “Hex by Row”.


We continue improving the pattern and copying the shapes we desire to overlap in our final design (The orange elements in this case). Once it is saved we can use it and re-edit when necessary.



The creation of “Patterns” with Astute Graphics is done in the wink of an eye, this allows you to create more content and have a lot more options.



I'd like to thank Carlos from all of us here last Astute Graphics for this wonderful Blog post. Don't miss out on your chance to get InkScribe and DynamicSketch at 25% off when purchased together. Offer is available until the end of May 2015.

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