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Drawing an equilateral triangle with Illustrator CS2
on Dec 18, 2005 at 12:52:55 am

I know it sounds like a snap, but I have had no luck getting an equilateral triangle where the path is closed. I want to fill with white and it will not Join paths.

Any pointers out there?

Bob Kiger author of "videography" word
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Troy E. Parker
Re: Drawing an equilateral triangle with Illustrator CS2
on Dec 19, 2005 at 3:36:11 pm

Hey Bob,

Actually is a 'Snap' we just need to point you to the right tool...

To make triangles and other multiside geometric shape the Polygon Tool is the tool of choice ( Tool Palette : Right Col : 4th tool from top nested with the Rectangle tool - Mouse over, click and hold to reveal nested tools).


> Select the Polygon tool
> Double Click on the artboard (the option window
will appear where you can set both the number of
sides and the radius )
> Click on the artboard once again.... instant
equilateral triangle.

For more options and uses of the polygon tool and the entire tool palette, check the Help files.

Regards,
Troy

troy@crossmediacorp.com
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Videography
Re: Drawing an equilateral triangle with Illustrator CS2
on Dec 20, 2005 at 2:33:13 am

Thank you Troy,

That was the most well worded response . . . even I could follow it. As I followed the steps I intuitively felt that I was holding an animation capability with my mouse.

Is there any relationship between Illustrator and Flash?

Bob Kiger author of "videography" word
http://www.videographyblog.com


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Videography
Re: Drawing an equilateral triangle with Illustrator CS2
on Dec 20, 2005 at 4:52:56 am

Maybe the idea of animating for Flash is better done in After Effects . . . y/n?

Bob Kiger author of "videography" word
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Troy E. Parker
Re: Drawing an equilateral triangle with Illustrator CS2
on Dec 20, 2005 at 6:19:54 pm

Hi Bob,

In reference to the last two posts, Illustrator and Flash have some common ground in the fact they are both vector based creative packages that have the ability to utilize rastor images and export in a variety of formats.

While illustrator is most popular for a variety of print work, as previously discussed it does have the ability to produce excellent web graphics and a limite ability to create animations through the use of multiple layers very much like traditional cell animation. Beyond this (to the best of my knowledge) any further attempts to animate in Illustrator would be difficult at best.

Flash while having the ability to create good vector graphics, has alot of flexibility in both interactivity, and output formats. Flash continues to mature into a very robust web development application with many featuires for user interactivity. This said, it pales in comparission to Illustrator as a pure graphics creation program.

In reference to your Affet Effects comment, I am not sure what type of project you are working on, but AE is the industry standard composting program, with both Flash and Illustrator capable of producing files for use in AE. If you are doing a pure vector animation for use in a video, Flash should work just fine, but any really complex work beyond that will reuire the use of AE, Combustion etc. (ex: I just completeed a 30 sec animation that was assembled in Combustion for output to FCP that used a 2d character from Mojo, FCP output video, Graphics from Illustrator and a few PSD files).

Let us know what you are working on and an attempt to steeer you inthe correct direction can be made.

Regards,
Troy


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Laszlo Kovacs
Re: Drawing an equilateral triangle with Illustrator CS2
on Dec 29, 2005 at 2:47:53 pm

Hi guys!

While you have almost endless possibilities with AE to create amazing animations, you will immediately see its limitations when it comes to flash export. Only certain text effects can be rendered out, the program simply skips the unsupported actions.
You can import Illustrator files into AE, and continously rasterize them (hey, it's in the name!), but the final result is a video (so, pixel based), not a vector animation.
Many think that creating an animation in AE is far simpler than in Flash (and I agree), but at the end you'll lose the benefits of vector graphics - not to mention the file size. :(

Happy New Year everybody!



Laszlo
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Videography
Re: Drawing an equilateral triangle with Illustrator CS2
on Dec 29, 2005 at 4:01:58 pm

Happy New Years to Eastern Europe & all!

I've been following Adobe for many years and asked the equilateral question because I feel that it would be a good way to get into the workflow of the enormous (and growing) Adobe portfolio.

There are so many interrelated techniques for animation production and release that today's videographers can get stuck if they haven't planned their workflow from the "gitgo".

I had hoped to see more out of Adobe Bridge in the design process, but with Flash just entering the picture, now that Adobe Collections are turning into "Bundles" . . . who can predict the future?

I miss the old file browser that was included in many apps before CS2!

Bob Kiger author of "videography" word
http://www.videographyblog.com


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