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  • Hi I've been trying to create a twisted gradient rectangle. This is a popular graphic for backgrounds and desktops and is reminiscent of smoke.  When I use envelope distort and exchange upper and lower points, I'm not getting the results I expect.  The gradient doesn't seem to follow the top-line mesh line.  Here's what I see...
    twisted mesh
    Is there a way to get the rectangle to actually "twist" ?  Thanks for suggestions!

    Carl
    I am a Camera. My kids are Cameras too.
    Friday, December 4, 2009 1:22 AM

Answers

  • Hi Carl,

    If you make a bitmap from it (Object>Image>Create image object), the bitmap version 'gradient' will follow the twist.  It doesn't turn out very clean on screen;  shows some artifacts. (both in Design 1 & 2)

    The good news is that it appears to export cleanly. 

    Have Fun!

    ~Fred
    • Marked as answer by Carl Camera Friday, December 4, 2009 2:16 PM
    Friday, December 4, 2009 4:20 AM

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  • Hi Carl,

    If you make a bitmap from it (Object>Image>Create image object), the bitmap version 'gradient' will follow the twist.  It doesn't turn out very clean on screen;  shows some artifacts. (both in Design 1 & 2)

    The good news is that it appears to export cleanly. 

    Have Fun!

    ~Fred
    • Marked as answer by Carl Camera Friday, December 4, 2009 2:16 PM
    Friday, December 4, 2009 4:20 AM


  • if you need this how I do it
    make half of your rectangle
    apply the gradient
    copy or clone your rectangle reflect vertical and put it under the first one snap to grid and point can help to position
    select both make a group of it
    after grouping them
    make the warp group
    and work with the warp group

    something else you can try a different method
    draw a curved line
    copy your line and give it another color (you can reflect it vertical)
    drag it down
    and start blending the paths you can always add a third line in the middle depending of what you like
    you have to play and look what suits your needs


    here I used blending paths

    blending 1

    blending 2 and after blending dash
    blending 2
    • Edited by germaine1 Friday, December 4, 2009 1:29 PM added text and link
    Friday, December 4, 2009 11:44 AM
  • Thanks Fred.  I will give this shot.
    I am a Camera. My kids are Cameras too.
    Friday, December 4, 2009 2:19 PM
  • Thanks Germaine. These techniques are quite interesting. 
    I am a Camera. My kids are Cameras too.
    Friday, December 4, 2009 2:20 PM
  • Nice "Twist" Germaine!  I had not considered either of your methods. 

    Happy Holidays!
    Best Regards,

    ~Fred
    Friday, December 4, 2009 3:55 PM
  • Hi Fred
    Time to start making snowflakes with your snowflake machine I must still have it on my computer
    I am still switching between different programs and sometimes forget what can be done in one program and what in another  
    Hoping in februari the blender lessons can start (if there are enough students)
    greetings
    Friday, December 4, 2009 5:31 PM
  • Very creative, Germaine!
    Annie
    Saturday, December 5, 2009 5:20 PM
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