Ever wish you could just stretch out a stroke to create more expressive artwork??? Thanks to Adobe Illustrator CS5, you can =D
I know we’re on to Adobe Illustrator CC now but talking to designers this past month, not everybody got the news:
The Width Tool is HERE!!!
The key stroke to get your Width Tools is:
The Width Tool is a tool I am familiar with… but I’ve never studied up on it. Again, I thought I knew what I was doing and found out there’s WAY more to this tool than meets the eye. This isn’t a post to teach you how to create an Infinity Symbol but rather a post to show you how to apply the Width Tool to an Infinity Symbol to make it look more believable. After studying up on the Width Tool, I’ve learned some new controls to help me work more efficiently.
I can just click and drag to create a new width point and vary the stroke weight in an artistic manor. When you click and drag without the help of a modifier key, Illustrator will pull out the stroke symmetrically along the stroke.
If I click and drag while holding down the Alt key, I will create an asymmetrical stroke weight along the stroke. After creating an asymmetrical stroke weight, if I decide to make an additional modification without holding down Alt, it will pull out both sides in unison, keeping them asymmetrical.
If you’d rather put in EXACT measurements, Adobe’s got your covered. While in the Width Tool, just double click on the width point and you’ll be greeted with the “Width Point Edit” Panel. In that panel you can enter exact numeric measurements =D I do like using this function when I need to width points to be the same size. I can modify them at the simultaneously by clicking on the first point then Shift+Double Clicking on the second point. Once you put in the new size, both points will update.
If you already got the hang of the Width Tool, you GOTTA check out WidthScribe by Astute Graphics. It is a plug-in for Adobe Illustrator that allows you to lay down variable width strokes in a more intuitive way. Check out this video to see what it does:
Why did I pick an Infinity Symbol?
A couple weeks back my designer buddy was working on a design for a clothing line. He wanted to create an infinity symbol with a stroke that varied with weight but he had a hard time working it out. I told him about the Width Tool and his jaw hit the floor =D
NEVER STOP LEARNING!!!
I still get people asking me if it’s part of the new Illustrator CC build LOL!!! =D
I got all of my info from Lynda.com:
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