Edit static or dynamic paths in Illustrator

Edit static or dynamic paths in Illustrator

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In this quick tip tutorial we are going to look at editing a static path with DynamicSketch, and then use Space Fill (part of ColliderScribe) to fill a shape with the selected object.

To create the tear drop:

  • Draw a circle.

  • Open the DynamicSketch Panel - Window > Astute Graphics > DynamicSketch.

  • Ensure you have the Ability to edit and continue paths... button toggled on.

  • As you move the DynamicSketch Tool closer to your selected path, you will see a little infinity icon appear, this shows that DynamicSketch is going to join onto, and continue editing this path.

  • Draw the tear drop shape out, using part of the circle as your guide.

  • Optionally, add some highlights with lighter colored eclipses.

  • Select all the objects and group them together.

To fill a space with tear drops:

  • Draw the rectangle which you will fill with the tear drops.

  • Select both the tear drop group and the rectangle.

  • Open the Space Fill panel - Window > Astute Graphics > Space Fill.

  • Click the Make button.

  • Space Fill will now fill the rectangle with the objects as set out in the parameters in the panel.

  • You can adjust the live features including uniformity, size rotation, multiplication and release/expand in the panel.

  • Click the Randomize button to cycle through different Seeds.

  • If you want to stop the Space Fill, click the Release button.

  • If you are happy with your Space Fill and want to expand the shapes into multiple vectors, click the Expand button.

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