Spiral in Illustrator CS3

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  1. zblaxberg Guest

    zblaxberg

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    I'm trying to draw something resembling like a notepad with a 3d looking spiral in illustrator. How can I achieve that. I looked at the spiral tool but I really don't think I can make it look 3d the way that works.
     
  2. JasonElise1983 macrumors 6502a

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    what's your angle? if you show me the angle your looking at, i bet i can come up with a solution.

    -je
     
  3. zblaxberg thread starter Guest

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    Like this basically. I just don't want it to look so cartoonish, I want it to look a little more realistic. Right now all I have is some line drawings with the pen tool that I curved and yea its ok if you don't want it to look real but i mean..not really what I'm goin for
     
  4. JasonElise1983 macrumors 6502a

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    i would start with a circle. I've attached two examples of how i would do it. But the basis of both of mine are circles. The Blue one, i drew a circle and gave it a stroke, then i used the scissor tool to divide the bottom of it. the i moved the path around and warped it to fit what i needed. Then just duplicated and squeezed in as i went down the line a little to fit "perspective".

    The red one, i just took a circle, and filled it red. Then i clicked on the left hand point and pulled it in and messed with it's handles a little to fit the shape. After that i dupicated that, shrunk it down and squeezed it in some, then subtracted that shaped. cut off the bottoms of the compound path, and voila!

    hope that helps. I don't actually think there is an "easy" way of doing it, the best way really is to just draw it.

    -je
     

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  5. zblaxberg thread starter Guest

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    thanks, yea I guess I'll just go with that. I thought originally there might have been a way using 3d to make just a tube and then warp it but I don't think that's happening. It's an intro to cs3 class and I've known cs3 for a while so this class is really easy. The only way I could think of making the spiral the way i was thinking was going into 3dmaya but they don't have it here
     
  6. JasonElise1983 macrumors 6502a

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    yeah, i tried wrapping a tube as well, but there just wasn't enough control for me, and it always looked flat. Good luck on your project and let me know if you need anything else.

    -je
     
  7. reclusivemonkey macrumors 6502

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    What about using "Live Trace" on that picture?
     

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