Using the blend option in Illustrator CS
2005 at 02.28 am posted by Veerle Pieters
A while ago I was drawing an illustration in Adobe Illustrator CS for one of my clients. This Illustration required some time and labor because of its complexity. I thought it would be interesting to share some of my experiences on this…
It might not look that complex at first sight but I used more then 50 layers to keep things organized. Some illustrations (the tanks) were created in separate documents which contain again tens of layers and were just pasted as merged layers in the mayor drawing. Also important to know is that I didn’t get any real source material only some technical schemata (2D outlines). The rest was based on conversations such as draw a pipe from here to there etc. It also took a few versions till I got the right result.
I had to move pipes and tanks all the time add a water purification system, make the house bigger etc. Well you get my drift here, at a certain point I couldn’t see no pipes or tanks anymore and although I really enjoyed drawing this one, I was really really glad (relieved) when it was finally finished.
What I want to share with you is how I created the 3D pipes. This was actually done very easily using the blend tool. I’ve recorded my actions and made a Flash e-Learning movie for you to watch (and learn I hope).
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