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November 8, 2007

A simple scrapbook embellishment with illustrator

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A simple scrapbook embellishment with illustrator

This is a simple little embellishment mad with illustrator, I am currently working in illustrator CS2 but I think it will work both in newer and older versions.

First open a new document I prefer keeping them in normal paper size it sort of makes it easier to get a feeling of how big something will print.

Now in the top menu go to View and press show rulers, when rulers appears you can drag out guides I think that helps a lot to have a cross to center around, in this case it do not have to be in the papers middle as we are making a small embellishment.

Pick the black arrow in the tool menu and place it on the ruler left click and drag you will have a blue line that wont print it’s a guide its there to help you line up things. Now do the same from the top so you have a cross somewhere on your image.
screenshoot off illustartor showing how far we got

Place your mouse over the intersection of the two guides and hit the L key (short cut for ellipse tool) now click on the intersection and start drag, to get a perfectly round circle push hold down the shift key while dragging (don’t have to have it pressed from start)
Now press down the alt key as well and the circle will center it self around the intersection. Really what you’re doing is dragging the circle from inside to out instead of from one side to an other, so now you should be holding down the shift key the alt key and still be dragging with the left mouse button.

Make the circle big enough for what you want inside it then let go of the mouse button and the keys.
Just beneath the menu are a control panel for the tool your currently using you will see fill and stroke there cross out fill I picked a black stroke and size of 3pt
screenshoot off illustartor showing how far we got

Now I will do a small circle and I want it to center around the outer line of the big circle so I position the mouse on the line and left click and press down alt and shift again my small circle are about 20pt if you want you can always go and change manually the size of the circle just beneath the menu are a control panel for the tool your currently using where you picked stroke size you can find width and height there as well.
screenshoot off illustartor showing how far we got

Press Ctrl and C for copy and then Ctrl and V to paste and you get a copy of the small circle with the arrows you can position it next to the first circle and dead center on the larger circles line I want the first ¼ of the circle filled up.
screenshoot off illustartor showing how far we got

Now pick the black arrow in the tool menu and point on and click on the edge of the first small circle to choice it if you hold the shift key down you can choice all the small circles which I did then press the key O (short cut for the reflect tool) now position the mouse on the guide lines intersection again and press down alt and left click you will get a check box popping up in there put vertical and then press copy, and you have doubled the set of your smaller circles and they sit in place
As the circles still are highlighted they are still selected, so again position the mouse over the guide’s intersection and hold down alt as you left click. And this time pick horizontal and copy.
And one last time you alt click on the guide lines intersection and pick vertical and copy
screenshoot off illustartor showing how far we got

Now select the selection tool (V) the black arrow again and try to place the arrow tip on the edge of the larger circle to select it, I want to fill the large circle with a color and that I can do whit the panel just underneath the top menu I picked a light blue.
Now the small circles sits on top as we draw them after and that don’t look so good not at all what I wanted. As the large circle still are selected I go to the top menu and Object then arrange and pick Bring to Front,,, now the large circle sits on top of the smaller once and I have a nice scalloped edge deselect so the circle isn’t selected any more.
screenshoot off illustartor showing how far we got

Now I change the fill color back to white and the stroke is still black but I change the size to 1pt pick the ellipse tool once more alt and shift drag a new circle from the middle of your embellishment with help of the guidelines.
screenshoot off illustartor showing how far we got

Don’t forget that you can manually change the dimension of the circles width and height if you want to try different sizes I picked 205pt for my inner circle meaning 11pt less then my large circle.
screenshoot off illustartor showing how far we got

Now you can decorate it in illustrator or print it and add decorations for more texture
screenshoot off illustartor showing how far we got

Well of because you can play around with this and make all sort of embellishment now
The rectangle tool works very similar to the circle holding down shift and alt makes it behave the same way so you can pretty much follow this tutorial and end up with
screenshoot off illustartor showing how far we got

well a small and simple sample of fun one can have in Illustrator, I am still not as comfy in illustartor as i am in photoshop, but well who knows one day perhaps.
I do hope this gives some one a little fun anyway.

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