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Bill Triplett
shading in Illustrator
on Nov 22, 2009 at 8:25:21 pm

Need to shade a shape like a saxaphone. Need it to look "rounded" and the bell to look deep. Doesn't have to be photorealistic. Suggestions?


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les nemeth
Re: shading in Illustrator
on Nov 23, 2009 at 6:19:23 am

There are lot's of shading tutorials, even videos for AI. You can even search youtube for a video or there's a thing called...google or yahoo that can help you find tutorials if you enter the right keywords.


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John Mensinger
Re: shading in Illustrator
on Nov 23, 2009 at 1:16:38 pm

...and in your case those keywords, (and the right Illustrator tool for what you're doing), would be Gradient Mesh.

John M:
All of the vim with none of that annoying vigor.


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les nemeth
Re: shading in Illustrator
on Nov 23, 2009 at 4:15:36 pm

He said it doesn't have to be realistic, so he don't need gradient mesh. You can do realistic or stylistic shadings with simple gradients or colored shapes and masks, too.


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John Mensinger
Re: shading in Illustrator
on Nov 23, 2009 at 4:48:16 pm

Annnnd...you jumped back in here to defend your post which so helpfully stated, "there's a thing called Google"?

Of course, there's at least 10 different ways to produce shaded objects in AI, but for something with the curving reflectivity of a saxophone, Gradient Mesh is a natural fit, regardless of the degree of realism targeted, and I'd highly recommend learning it.

Did I miss reading some rule here discouraging the mention of specific features? Or, am I to understand that you just steered the OP in the general direction of a couple ubiquitous search engines strictly because "it doesn't have to be realistic"? Surely you didn't infer that my post had something to do with yours, did you? Come on.

John M:
All of the vim with none of that annoying vigor.


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Bill Triplett
Re: shading in Illustrator
on Nov 23, 2009 at 5:14:47 pm

I'm working with the gradient mesh now, thank you. Looking at tutorials on you tube. Some are very basic.



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les nemeth
Re: shading in Illustrator
on Nov 23, 2009 at 5:48:07 pm

>>Annnnd...you jumped back in here to defend your post
YES! How did you know?


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