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180 Creating a jaunty six-sided star


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Video: 180 Creating a jaunty six-sided star

Hey gang, this is Deke McClelland. Welcome to Deke's Techniques. This week, indicative of nothing whatsoever, I'm going to show you how to create this jaunty six-pointed star. It's dancing it's so happening. And we'll be doing so in Adobe Illustrator, based on my favorite shape in all the world. Not this one, it's my second favorite. But rather, the shape that unifies us all, the circle. Here, let me show you exactly how it works.
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  1. 7m 53s
    1. 333 Selectively converting a photo to black & white
      7m 53s
  2. 10h 3m
    1. 282 Ringing in the New Year with dynamic effects in Illustrator
      12m 59s
    2. 283 Dynamically transforming fills and strokes
      13m 41s
    3. 284 Tracing an avatar from a photograph in Photoshop
      12m 24s
    4. 285 Drawing a vector-based avatar in Illustrator
      19m 44s
    5. 286 Coloring and shading your avatar
      16m 0s
    6. 287 Exporting an illustration as a universally supported PNG file
      10m 54s
    7. 288 Upsampling a layered composition with great results
      13m 43s
    8. 289 Rebuilding a pattern at a higher resolution
      7m 29s
    9. 290 Painting happy little trees
      13m 46s
    10. 291 Shading and lighting the happy forest
      15m 15s
    11. 292 Enlarging a low-res photograph in Photoshop
      12m 20s
    12. 293 Enlarging a photo by tracing it in Illustrator
      13m 10s
    13. 294 Mastering Exposure in Camera Raw
      11m 40s
    14. 295 Super smooth and unflinchingly sharp
      10m 46s
    15. 296 Deleting an inadvertent photo bomber
      8m 13s
    16. 297 Correcting a distorted panorama
      17m 23s
    17. 298 Rebuilding bad stitching in a panorama
      14m 53s
    18. 299 Nondestructive dodge and burn
      8m 54s
    19. 300 Blending a shadow into any background
      8m 37s
    20. 301 Saving a PNG image with a translucent shadow
      8m 45s
    21. 302 Cleaning up a smart phone photo
      11m 17s
    22. 303 Using Photoshop 1.0
      5m 45s
    23. 304 Creating your own Chinese seal (or chop)
      26m 4s
    24. 305 Simulating hand lettering with art brushes
      20m 8s
    25. 306 Adding texture to your hand stamp
      3m 34s
    26. 307 Creating a black chop on red paper
      5m 55s
    27. 308 Auto-hiding iconic panels in Photoshop
      3m 44s
    28. 309 Creating a custom toolbox in Illustrator CC
      4m 21s
    29. 310 Creating the perfect passport photo
      20m 18s
    30. 311 Retouching your passport photo
      13m 38s
    31. 312 Turning a photo into a giant mural
      13m 11s
    32. 313 Enhancing the reality of your mural
      11m 8s
    33. 314 Creating a 3D bump map
      12m 7s
    34. 315 UV overlay and 3D bump paint
      14m 4s
    35. 316 Using Lens Flare for good (not evil)
      10m 48s
    36. 317 Using the Perspective Crop tool
      9m 29s
    37. 318 Reducing real-world camera shake
      10m 4s
    38. 319 Reducing glare in a photograph
      15m 25s
    39. 320 Restoring repeating details
      13m 43s
    40. 321 Integrating a detail captured with a phone
      9m 6s
    41. 322 Blending two exposures of a single scene
      12m 25s
    42. 323 Masking mountains away from sky
      14m 22s
    43. 324 Creating a photographic caricature in Photoshop
      10m 7s
    44. 325 Exaggerating facial features with Liquify
      12m 48s
    45. 326 Masking a caricature against a new background
      11m 20s
    46. 327 Shading and sharpening a caricature
      10m 6s
    47. 328 Drawing a Möbius strip in Illustrator
      12m 21s
    48. 329 Shading the Möbius strip with gradients
      9m 0s
    49. 330 Adding twisting edges to the Möbius strip
      8m 9s
    50. 331 Creating an impossible Penrose triangle
      10m 37s
    51. 332 Shading the cubes in your Penrose triangle
      8m 15s
  3. 17h 21m
    1. 185 Creating a custom 2013 calendar in Illustrator
      11m 44s
    2. 186 Adding dates to a calendar using tables
      9m 50s
    3. 187 Branding your calendar with a field of logos
      10m 54s
    4. 188 Crafting an Infinity symbol to match a specific font
      12m 6s
    5. 189 Op art experiment 1a: Inflated checkers
      10m 49s
    6. 190 Op art experiment 1b: Rounded windows
      6m 39s
    7. 191 Building a universal ISOTYPE man with strokes
      15m 6s
    8. 192 Building a universal ISOTYPE woman with strokes
      11m 7s
    9. 193 Drawing an ISOTYPE couple in love
      12m 55s
    10. 194 Creating a Warhol-style silkscreen effect
      14m 43s
    11. 195 Creating a series of Warhol-style variations
      10m 43s
    12. 196 Adding Warhol-style background variations
      8m 20s
    13. 197 Creating opaque colored shadows
      5m 20s
    14. 198 Assembling multiple variations into a single comp
      5m 9s
    15. 199 Creating a pattern of unique inset circles
      9m 55s
    16. 200 Changing a static blended color scheme
      7m 16s
    17. 201 Op art experiment 2a: Undulating pattern
      20m 26s
    18. 202 Op art experiment 2b: Concentric rings
      9m 43s
    19. 203 Developing a dramatic castle in Camera Raw
      13m 21s
    20. 204 Artificially coloring a photo in Camera Raw
      9m 38s
    21. 205 Creating an antique photo effect in Camera Raw
      7m 53s
    22. 206 Adding a weathered old-photo frame effect
      12m 0s
    23. 207 Drawing an Angry Birds-like character
      16m 59s
    24. 208 Stroking an entire layer in Illustrator
      9m 21s
    25. 209 Drawing a classic snarling cartoon face
      11m 10s
    26. 210 Drawing a radiant, cheerful cartoon background
      18m 29s
    27. 211 Stroking any kind of type in Illustrator
      5m 0s
    28. 212 Creating synthetic water droplets
      9m 29s
    29. 213 Simulating liquid reflections with effect
      5m 19s
    30. 214 Simulating liquid refractions with a dmap
      5m 30s
    31. 215 Creating an eye-catching splatter effect
      9m 8s
    32. 216 Defringing purples and greens in Camera Raw 7
      10m 4s
    33. 217 Making a danger sign more dangerous
      15m 9s
    34. 218 Using texture and depth to add realism
      10m 22s
    35. 219 Precisely aligning artwork to the bleed
      7m 16s
    36. 220 Creating and importing a tracing template
      6m 50s
    37. 221 Drawing a distinctive 2D video game character
      18m 52s
    38. 222 Adding features to the face of a 2D character
      14m 3s
    39. 223 Creating a vivid aura around an entire character
      7m 25s
    40. 224 Adding variable-width strokes in Illustrator
      11m 23s
    41. 225 Animating bird wings with Puppet Warp
      12m 15s
    42. 226 Animating text by onion skinning in Photoshop
      8m 0s
    43. 227 Creating an animated movie in Photoshop
      9m 15s
    44. 228 Exporting an animation to QuickTime and GIF
      5m 44s
    45. 229 Correcting an underwater photograph
      10m 30s
    46. 230 Making a photo razor-sharp and porcelain-smooth
      7m 17s
    47. 231 Reducing noise in a high-ISO shot with Camera Raw
      8m 33s
    48. 232 Creating highly reflective sunglasses
      10m 43s
    49. 233 Adding drama to an outdoor portrait shot
      6m 35s
    50. 234 Creating volumetric forms with shape layers
      15m 52s
    51. 235 Creating a bloodshot eye effect
      7m 11s
    52. 236 Shading an image with shapes and layer masks
      13m 2s
    53. 237 Creating fabric textures with pattern layers
      7m 27s
    54. 238 Colorize any layer with Color Overlay
      3m 23s
    55. 239 Turning a portrait into a dot drawing
      7m 40s
    56. 240 Creating a full-color dot drawing
      3m 29s
    57. 241 Drawing an orthogonal cube with the line tool
      7m 9s
    58. 242 Creating a cube of differently colored cubes
      9m 27s
    59. 243 Recreating the Creative Cloud Logo in Illustrator
      16m 18s
    60. 244 Creating a psychedelic fabric texture
      9m 7s
    61. 245 Turning psychedelic fabric into rock letters
      5m 23s
    62. 246 Creating a more finely rendered dot drawing
      8m 29s
    63. 247 Converting from RGB to CMYK via Multichannel
      12m 31s
    64. 248 Creating printer-safe CMYK shadows
      6m 48s
    65. 249 Creating bright, golden motion trails
      12m 32s
    66. 250 Creating schematic art with grid
      12m 41s
    67. 251 Drawing precisely aligned arrowhead
      12m 8s
    68. 252 Adding arrowheads around a closed path
      6m 1s
    69. 253 Drawing the Pen tool without touching the Pen tool
      17m 13s
    70. 254 Merging frames for the best possible UAV photo
      16m 40s
    71. 255 Retouching details in an aerial landscape
      12m 13s
    72. 256 Editing a video and adding transitions in Photoshop
      10m 57s
    73. 257 Importing the quadcopter crash sequences
      9m 4s
    74. 258 Color correcting a video and adding a soundtrack
      8m 56s
    75. 259 Adding precisely timed titles to your video
      11m 43s
    76. 260 Hand-painting an image with a Wacom Cintiq
      13m 11s
    77. 261 Blending the final false-color artwork
      8m 41s
    78. 262 Creating a honeycomb pattern in Illustrator
      12m 50s
    79. 263 Building up strokes to create 3D honeycomb
      9m 8s
    80. 264 Turning yourself into a zombie
      14m 0s
    81. 265 Enhancing an ambience environment for the undead
      9m 26s
    82. 266 Creating dripping, gooey ghost letters
      16m 43s
    83. 267 Turning type into gooey green slime
      11m 19s
    84. 268 Creating heavy metal type (updated for Photoshop CS6 and CC)
      12m 27s
    85. 269 Cleaning up a crummy product shot
      11m 3s
    86. 270 Scaling and rotating photographic objects
      10m 10s
    87. 271 Tracing a line drawing with uniform strokes
      11m 18s
    88. 272 Coloring line art using Live Paint Bucket
      18m 22s
    89. 273 Creating a pigture using shapes and letters
      18m 7s
    90. 274 Integrating a cartoon into a photograph
      7m 27s
    91. 275 Converting a photo into a Lichtenstein drawing
      16m 8s
    92. 276 Adding bring Ben-Day dots and a talk balloon
      15m 31s
    93. 277 Painting an eye using a custom brush
      11m 31s
    94. 278 Painting and smoothing straight-sided brushstrokes
      12m 0s
    95. 279 Simulating pressure with path outlines
      6m 3s
    96. 280 Developing a 32-bit HDR image in Camera Raw
      14m 42s
    97. 281 Converting from 32-bit to the more flexible 8-bit mode
      11m 15s
  4. 14h 31m
    1. 091 Removing people from a photo
      10m 44s
    2. 092 Masking people back into a photo
      10m 58s
    3. 093 Hand-painting a mask
      10m 5s
    4. 094 Masking a real-life shadow
      10m 40s
    5. 095 Turning a photo into line art
      7m 44s
    6. 096 Adding a crosshatch shading pattern
      6m 46s
    7. 097 Creating type that inverts anything behind it
      5m 32s
    8. 098 Creating auto-inverting line art
      5m 7s
    9. 099 Creating movie poster credits
      8m 10s
    10. 100 Creating a dual-focus hybrid image
      6m 24s
    11. 101 Adding text to a hybrid composition
      7m 24s
    12. 102 Drawing with the reshape tool
      10m 39s
    13. 103 Hand-drawing a really great letter
      10m 6s
    14. 104 Creating a vanity frame
      5m 28s
    15. 105 Adding a frame to a photograph
      5m 3s
    16. 106 Drawing a highly graphic explosion with Illustrator
      10m 3s
    17. 107 Drawing a Ninja Turtle nose
      10m 22s
    18. 108 Mapping a dog face onto a duck
      8m 20s
    19. 109 Putting a tongue on a duck
      7m 6s
    20. 110 Making synthetic lightning in Photoshop
      11m 3s
    21. 111 Creating a driving rain effect in Photoshop
      4m 57s
    22. 112 Designing a railroad track
      12m 18s
    23. 113 Bending the railroad track around curves
      7m 46s
    24. 114 Creating a Star Wars hologram effect
      9m 23s
    25. 115 Creating leafy letters
      6m 12s
    26. 116 Creating topiary type
      6m 22s
    27. 117 Creating type in grass
      9m 0s
    28. 118 Rendering type in smoke
      7m 30s
    29. 119 Rendering type in brushed metal
      9m 57s
    30. 120 Adding brushed copper effect
      4m 14s
    31. 121 Reflecting type in water
      10m 57s
    32. 122 Reflecting water back into type
      11m 14s
    33. 123 Joining type to a circle
      7m 14s
    34. 124 Making flared type on a circle
      7m 17s
    35. 125 Making a person emerge from water
      5m 32s
    36. 126 Creating progressive water ripples
      10m 17s
    37. 127 Creating an upside-down face effect
      10m 17s
    38. 128 Achieving silky smooth skin with retouching
      6m 33s
    39. 129 Pearly white teeth
      7m 28s
    40. 130 Head-shrinking
      8m 26s
    41. 131 Getting a big head
      5m 11s
    42. 132 Adding a photographic texture to vector type
      4m 28s
    43. 133 Adding strokes in back of photo type
      5m 9s
    44. 134 Adding a border to an image in Illustrator
      4m 17s
    45. 135 Two ways to crop in Illustrator
      7m 29s
    46. 136 Inventing a 3D temple with a depth map
      10m 0s
    47. 137 Drawing a 3D object with Curves
      11m 41s
    48. 138 Creating a superhero shield in Illustrator
      16m 28s
    49. 139 Turning Illustrator paths into Photoshop shapes
      11m 42s
    50. 140 Creating a photorealistic superhero shield
      12m 39s
    51. 141 Pimping your ride in Photoshop
      9m 59s
    52. 142 Masking and blackening a car
      10m 20s
    53. 143 Drawing a multi-part vector mask
      12m 46s
    54. 144 Masking and painting a shadow
      8m 26s
    55. 145 Integrating blades of grass into tires
      5m 34s
    56. 146 Making a (ridiculously) dramatic sky
      6m 2s
    57. 147 Adding flame stripes to a car
      8m 23s
    58. 148 Creating interlocking octagons in Illustrator
      7m 44s
    59. 149 Hand-coloring line art
      13m 9s
    60. 150 Creating a custom wave pattern
      9m 56s
    61. 151 Simulating a screen print
      8m 30s
    62. 152 Drawing a perfect linear spiral in Illustrator
      9m 42s
    63. 153 Drawing a spiraling nautilus shell
      11m 4s
    64. 154 Designing a hex pattern in Illustrator CS6
      11m 10s
    65. 155 Making a hex pattern in Illustrator CS5 and earlier
      7m 4s
    66. 156 Creating a Facebook cover in Photoshop
      9m 25s
    67. 157 Matching a profile picture to your cover
      6m 37s
    68. 158 Cloning yourself in Photoshop
      11m 16s
    69. 159 Lighting the clone party
      8m 29s
    70. 160 Hand-carving letters into wood
      8m 0s
    71. 161 Creating a Spirograph-like pattern
      7m 34s
    72. 162 Tracing scalloped gear teeth around a circle
      4m 55s
    73. 163 Applying custom carve and shadow styles to type
      8m 50s
    74. 164 Turning a pencil sketch into digital ink
      12m 55s
    75. 165 Adding a graph-paper background
      13m 42s
    76. 166 Creating a continuous single-line Spirograph
      13m 2s
    77. 167 Scaling circles into complex patterns
      7m 15s
    78. 168 Creating a money-like design
      8m 43s
    79. 169 Attack of the killer pumpkin
      14m 49s
    80. 170 Simulating a glowing Jack-o-lantern
      12m 24s
    81. 171 The headless stranger in the mist
      12m 25s
    82. 172 Creating 3D punched letters
      13m 29s
    83. 173 Designing a double-wave line pattern
      11m 2s
    84. 174 Assembling a seamless pattern brush
      9m 53s
    85. 175 Creating a hand turkey in Photoshop
      18m 42s
    86. 176 Creating a depth-of-field cast shadow
      7m 29s
    87. 177 Creating a lustrous round jewel
      13m 56s
    88. 178 Cutting and brushing light on a gem
      8m 30s
    89. 179 Creating a shiny button with inset text
      11m 5s
    90. 180 Creating a jaunty six-sided star
      15m 1s
    91. 181 Interweaving star shapes and adding gradients
      8m 28s
    92. 182 Casting shadows between interwoven shapes
      9m 12s
    93. 183 Creating a Hobbit-like text effect
      15m 6s
    94. 184 Enhancing a landscape photo in Camera Raw 7
      9m 16s
  5. 13h 11m
    1. 001 Creating ice type
      8m 39s
    2. 002 Branding type on a texture
      7m 6s
    3. 003 Creating an image-branding machine
      7m 13s
    4. 004 Capturing effects with layer comps
      7m 35s
    5. 005 Rendering type in gold
      8m 9s
    6. 006 Creating a hammered metal background
      5m 48s
    7. 007 Creating heavy metal type
      8m 13s
    8. 008 Creating a molten letter effect
      6m 43s
    9. 009 Setting type on fire
      11m 20s
    10. 010 Using an anti-edge mask
      7m 20s
    11. 011 Blending textures onto a face
      9m 28s
    12. 012 Rendering a face as a cave painting
      7m 34s
    13. 013 Creating a reflection in shattered glass
      8m 32s
    14. 014 Creating a face in a tree
      11m 20s
    15. 015 Building a synthetic star field
      8m 21s
    16. 016 Making 3D type with Repoussé
      10m 14s
    17. 017 Casting 3D shadows and reflections
      9m 35s
    18. 018 Adjusting 3D light sources
      10m 51s
    19. 019 Masking highlights and shadows
      6m 27s
    20. 020 Masking glass
      10m 39s
    21. 021 High key high contrast
      8m 33s
    22. 022 Simulating sub-pixel rendering
      10m 58s
    23. 023 Fixing chromatic aberrations in Photoshop
      9m 41s
    24. 024 Fixing chromatic aberrations in Camera Raw
      8m 51s
    25. 025 Correcting red-eye like a pro
      11m 56s
    26. 026 Turning a photo into an ink drawing
      10m 42s
    27. 027 Turning a photo into a pencil sketch
      8m 43s
    28. 028 Creating a seamlessly repeating pattern
      10m 56s
    29. 029 Repairing seams in a repeating pattern
      10m 47s
    30. 030 Creating a 3D pie chart
      11m 9s
    31. 031 Splitting and modifying 3D meshes
      11m 52s
    32. 032 Using the Ground Plane Shadow Catcher
      6m 58s
    33. 033 Creating a talk show-style curtain
      7m 57s
    34. 034 Assembling a flawless panorama
      10m 5s
    35. 035 Removing people with image stacks
      11m 44s
    36. 036 Creative stacking with Maximum and Range
      11m 44s
    37. 037 Creating synthetic wood grain
      9m 23s
    38. 038 Making slats of uniquely textured wood
      10m 52s
    39. 039 Kerning within a single character
      10m 31s
    40. 040 Creating a raised bevel effect
      11m 49s
    41. 041 Putting wings on a horse
      10m 41s
    42. 042 Creating a classic heart in Illustrator
      7m 15s
    43. 043 Glossing up a heart in Photoshop
      8m 42s
    44. 044 Shooting and assembling a stereoscopic photo
      8m 15s
    45. 045 Extending 3D beyond the screen plane
      6m 13s
    46. 046 Adding stereo 3D text and shapes
      9m 9s
    47. 047 Tilting text and shapes toward the viewer
      8m 13s
    48. 048 Creating a shooting star in Illustrator
      6m 33s
    49. 049 Using blends to draw path outlines
      8m 8s
    50. 050 Inventing custom starbursts
      7m 33s
    51. 051 Making a fictional creature
      12m 5s
    52. 052 Transforming a creature into a monster
      6m 14s
    53. 053 Capturing a monster in motion
      11m 45s
    54. 054 Changing the color of a car
      7m 12s
    55. 055 Painting a colorful car black
      8m 16s
    56. 056 Coloring the stripes on a zebra
      10m 47s
    57. 057 Drawing trendy swirls in Illustrator
      10m 59s
    58. 058 Creating variable-width and brushed swirls
      10m 46s
    59. 059 Drawing trendy ornaments in Illustrator
      8m 49s
    60. 060 Designing a magically updating pattern
      8m 40s
    61. 061 Automatically collapsing a selection
      7m 43s
    62. 062 Adding a magnifying glass into a design
      7m 5s
    63. 063 Healing one eye onto another
      7m 15s
    64. 064 Creating a giant command key
      9m 15s
    65. 065 Drawing common symbols part 1
      6m 29s
    66. 066 Drawing common symbols part 2
      9m 26s
    67. 067 Filtering images with Camera Raw
      7m 52s
    68. 068 Creating a vivid HDR effect
      5m 29s
    69. 069 Creating an ambigram in Illustrator
      10m 45s
    70. 070 Making a two-word ambigram
      7m 47s
    71. 071 Drawing a Halloween scareflake
      10m 45s
    72. 072 Creating true clones in Illustrator
      11m 7s
    73. 073 Taking your scareflakes into Photoshop
      7m 20s
    74. 074 Making a faux HDR image in Lab
      8m 38s
    75. 075 Turning a guy into a zombie
      7m 3s
    76. 076 Miniaturizing the world in Photoshop
      6m 45s
    77. 077 Creating a synthetic rainbow
      8m 53s
    78. 078 Casting an artificial shadow from a layer
      7m 2s
    79. 079 Rendering a portrait in type
      8m 58s
    80. 080 Rendering a portrait in tile patterns
      7m 43s
    81. 081 Rotating a pattern layer in Photoshop
      4m 16s
    82. 082 Tracing an image with path outlines
      7m 50s
    83. 083 Turning path outlines into a vector mask
      6m 0s
    84. 084 Drawing rays of light in Photoshop
      5m 40s
    85. 085 Drawing concentric glow rings
      7m 24s
    86. 086 Designing an Indiana Jones-style logo
      8m 50s
    87. 087 Achieving mitered corners in Photoshop
      5m 43s
    88. 088 Masking with Blunt Instruments in Photoshop
      11m 8s
    89. 089 Creating a stained-glass ornament
      8m 26s
    90. 090 Designing a stained-glass window
      10m 23s

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Deke's Techniques
55h 15m Intermediate Jan 11, 2011 Updated Jul 15, 2014

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This course is a collection of short Photoshop and Illustrator projects and creative effects that can be completed in ten minutes or less. The series is taught by computer graphics guru Deke McClelland, and presented in his signature step-by-step style. The intent is to reveal how various Photoshop and Illustrator features can be combined and leveraged in real-world examples so that they can be applied to creative projects right away.

Subjects:
Design Raw Processing Design Techniques
Software:
Illustrator Photoshop
Author:
Deke McClelland

180 Creating a jaunty six-sided star

Hey gang, this is Deke McClelland. Welcome to Deke's Techniques. This week, indicative of nothing whatsoever, I'm going to show you how to create this jaunty six-pointed star. It's dancing it's so happening. And we'll be doing so in Adobe Illustrator, based on my favorite shape in all the world. Not this one, it's my second favorite. But rather, the shape that unifies us all, the circle. Here, let me show you exactly how it works.

All right, here's the Jaunty six-pointed star, just so you can see it on screen. We're going to be creating this star entirely from scratch based on a six-pointed circle, which is not something that Illustrator creates automatically. So we're going to have to make it manually. I'll go ahead and switch over to my base document, which features this radial gradient in the background along with the target guide right there at the center of the artboard. Go ahead and click and hold on the Shape tool here inside the Toolbox and select the Ellipse tool from the flyout menu.

Then press the Alt Key, or the Option Key on the Mac, and click right there at the intersection of those guides. And you're going to have better luck, by the way, if you go ahead and turn on your Smart Guides, available here in the View menu, go ahead and turn it on. Then press and hold the Alt key, or the Option key on the Mac. Make sure you see the green word center right there, and that will bring up the Ellipse dialog box. We're looking for--if you're working along with me-- a Width and Height value of 600 points apiece. Then click OK in order to create that circle.

Now in my case, it comes in filled with white, which is exactly what we want for starters here. Next, we want to draw some guides. So I'm going to click on this gradient layer to make it active. and then I'm going to press Ctrl+Minus, or Command+Minus on the Mac, in order to zoom out. So you can see, by default, that the circle has four points, one at the bottom, one at the top, and another one on either side. We want a total of six points, and we need to place them at exactly 60-degree angles from each other, because a 360- degree circle divided by 6 is 60. So we are going to have to create guidelines at 60-degree angles.

What I want you to do is go ahead and grab your Line Segment tool and then drag from the intersection of those guides in the center of the artboard down to the bottom of the documents. And go ahead and press the Shift key to constrain the angle of your drag to exactly vertical, and you should end up with a line like this one here. Let's go ahead and change the Stroke Weight to something like 4 points just to distinguish it from anything else that's going on inside the document. Then go ahead and select the Rotate tool, which you can get by pressing the R key, and I want you to Alt-click, or Option-click, at the center of those guides in order to bring up the Rotate dialog box, change the Angle value to 60 degrees, and click on the Copy button.

And now press Ctrl+D, or Command+D on the Mac, a total of four times in order to create four additional versions of that line so that we have six in all. Now, you're not going to be able to see the lines very well, because they're in back of the circle, but have faith, they are there. Now we need to select all of them by clicking on the Select Similar Objects icon on the right side of the Control panel, and that should--assuming default settings--select all six of those lines. Now let's convert them to guidelines by going up to the View menu, choosing Guides, and then choosing Make Guides, or you can press Ctrl+5 or Command+5 on the Mac, and you should end up with the six cyan guidelines.

Now go ahead and press the V key to switch back to the Black Arrow tool, click on your circle to select it, and we need to create cut points at the intersection of this bottom-right guide and this bottom-left guide. And to do that, go ahead and click and hold on the Eraser tool and switch to the Scissors tool, which you can also get by pressing the C key, and go ahead and click at this location right there, so right there at the intersection of the circle and the guideline and then click at the intersection of this guideline and the circle as well.

You'll end up severing the shape in two. It doesn't look any different yet, but it will. Go ahead and switch back to the Black Arrow tool, click on the top portion of the circle to select it and press the Backspace key, or the Delete key on the Mac, in order to get rid of it. Now we're left with just this bottom portion right here. I want you to go ahead and click on it to select it. We're going to create three copies of it using the Rotate tool. So, select the Rotate tool, Alt-click or Option- click at the intersection of those guides and then enter an Angle value, this time around of 120 degrees, and click on the Copy button in order to create a copy of that shape.

Then press Ctrl+D, or Command+D on the Mac, in order to create one more duplicate. Now we need to joint these guys together. Press the A key to get your White Arrow tool and go ahead and marquee around these two points, there is two points at this location. They are not quite on top of each other. So you want to average their positions by going up to the Object menu, choosing Path, and then choosing the Average command. Note that this command has a keyboard shortcut of Ctrl+Alt+J, or Command+Option+J on the Mac. I'll be using that shortcut in the future. That brings up the Average dialog box.

By default Both is selected, so you just have to click OK. Now we need to merge these two points into a smooth point, and there's only one way to do that in Illustrator these days, and that's to press the keyboard shortcut Ctrl+Shift+Alt+J on the PC, Command+Shift+Option+J on the Mac, and then you go ahead and select Smooth from the Join dialog box, and you click OK. Now we need to repeat that operation a couple of times. So I'll go ahead and marquee around these top two points right there, because there are two points at that location.

We start by averaging them, which you do by pressing Ctrl+Alt+J or Command+Option+J on the Mac, make sure Both is selected, click OK. Now add the Shift key. So press Ctrl+Shift+Alt+J, or Command+Shift+Option+J on the Mac, set Points to Smooth, which you have to do manually, and click OK. We have one more pair of points to fuse together, and that's these guys down here in the lower-left portion of the circle. Go ahead and marquee them using the White Arrow tool, and you want to start your marquees from the outside and work your way in.

Then press Ctrl+Alt+J, or Command+Option+J, in order to bring up the Average dialog box, make sure Both is selected, click OK, then press Ctrl+Shift+Alt+J, or Command+Shift+Option+J on the Mac, in order to bring up the Join dialog box, turn on Smooth and click OK. Fortunately, all the boring stuff is now done. We can get to the more exciting stuff. I'm going to switch my Fill and Stroke attributes just so we can better see what we're doing. So I'll press Shift+X, and I really don't want to see a fill here.

So I'll go ahead and switch to my Color panel, make sure my Fill is active, and click on None in order to get rid of it. Now what we're going to do is we're going to take all of the curving segments associated with this circle and rotate them in order to make a Jaunty Six-Pointed Star. And here's how that works. You start by selecting all the curves by going up to the Select menu, choosing Object, and then choosing Direction Handles. And now I'll show you all the control handles associated with the circle, so the segments are selected, but the anchor points are not.

Now you switch over to the Rotate tool and double- click on it in order to bring up the Rotate dialog box. I want you to change the Angle value to -90 degrees. Make sure that the Preview check box is on so you can see what you're doing, and you'll see a six-pointed star right there in the center. So you can create a curving six-pointed star based on a six-pointed circle here inside Illustrator. Now click OK in order to apply that effect. Now we need to divide the six-pointed star from all the other curving stuff that's associated with this one-time circle, and to pull that off, I'm going to press the V key in order to switch to my Black Arrow tool, and I'll click anywhere on the path outline in order to select the entire thing.

And then you want to press Shift+X in order to, again, swap the Fill and Stroke, so we're back to a white Fill and no Stroke, in my case. and then you want to go up to the Window menu and choose the Pathfinder command to bring up the Pathfinder panel, and you want to click on the second to last icon in the second row, Outline. And what that will do is fragment all of the sub-segments from each other. So the entire path has burst to pieces now. Go ahead and hide that Pathfinder panel at this point.

And also swapped the fill and the stroke, so we're back to a white stroke, that's why we had to switch to White Fill before invoking outline. However, the Stroke here is set to 0 points, which isn't going to do us any good. So let's go ahead and increase the Line Weight value to say, 4 point once again. We're working with a group, we don't really want a group, so go up to the Object menu and choose the Ungroup command or press Ctrl+Shift+G, or Command+Shift+G on the Mac. Now you've got a ton of path outlines. If you were to twirl open the shapes layer here inside the Layers panel, you're going to see tons of path outlines, because everything has been divided apart at the various intersections of the previous path outline.

Go ahead and twirl that closed, and I'm going to press Ctrl+Semicolon, or Command+Semicolon on the Mac, to get rid of those guides for a moment. What you need to do is deselect everything that looks like a six-pointed star. So with your Black Arrow tool active, press and hold the Shift key and then marquee inside of the six-pointed star. Don't go outside, because then you'll end up deselecting some other path outlines. Just partially marquee all the stuff you want to deselect--that is the stuff you want to keep--and then release, and assuming that the entire six-pointed star is now deselected, press the Backspace key or the Delete key on the Mac in order to get rid of that extra stuff.

Now we need to merge the two triangles with each other, by which I mean we've got one upright triangle--mostly upright--and then we've got one upside-down triangle. Let's start by fusing together the upright triangle. So I'll marquee these two top segments, so everything is independent, once again these are two separate path outlines, then Shift- Marquee these two and Shift-Marquee these two. Then Shift-click on everything else, the three other lines that appear to form the upright triangle, and that's going to be a total of 9 paths in all.

Then go up to the Object menu, choose Path and choose Join, and that's going to leave you with one path outline. Go ahead and press Ctrl+A, or Command+A on the Mac, in order to select everything. That gradient in the background, by the way, is locked down, so it will not get selected. Then you want to Shift-click on the triangle you just created, in order to deselect it, go ahead and either choose the Join command again or just press Ctrl+J, or Command+J on the Mac.

And if you twirl open your Shapes panel, you'll see that you're left with just 2 path outlines now, which is totally awesome. Press Ctrl+A again in order to select both of those paths. We need to rotate them, so they're upright. Press Ctrl+Semicolon, or Command+Semicolon on the Mac, to bring back the guides, select your Rotate tool. Alt-click or Option-click at the intersection of all those guides in order to bring up the Rotate dialog box and dial in an Angle value of -7 degrees. That's the value that looked good to me.

So now click OK in order to accept that change, and you can see that we have these slightly waving lines associated with these triangles. I want to emphasize that effect. So I'll go up to the Object menu and choose the Group command, or you can press Ctrl+G or Command+G on the Mac. and then go up to the Effect menu, choose Warp and choose Twist, and that's going to bring up the Warp Options dialog box. The Style should be set to Twist. I want you to set the Bend value to -20% and then turn on the Preview check box so you can see this effect right there. Now click OK. We need another Warp effect.

So go up to the Effect menu, choose Warp and choose Inflate, we're going to go with a negative value to pinch the star. So go ahead and choose that command. You may see a warning, if so just go ahead and click Apply New Effect and then change the Bend value to -50% this time around. Turn on the Preview check box, and you get this effect here. Now click OK. The star is a little too small, thanks to the fact that we've pinched it, so let's make it bigger by switching to the Scale tool, which you can get by pressing the S key and then Alt-click or Option-click at the intersection of all those guides, set the Uniform value to 150% and click OK.

Now we want to make these path outlines much thicker. So I'll change the Line Weight up here in the Control panel to 36 points, and you can see that we've got these rounded corners. I don't know why, and I don't know if that's going to happen to you, but if it does, you want to click on the word Stroke, change the Cap to Butt Cap, change the Corner to Miter Join, and we have got some corners that are getting beveled, as you can see here, three corners in all. And to make them nice and sharp, take the Limit value up to 10 X, and you'll end up with this effect right here.

And now we want to render out these effects in anticipation of the various changes we're going to make in the next movie. So I'm going to press Ctrl+Semicolon, or Command+Semicolon on the Mac, in order to hide those guidelines. Go ahead and press the V key to switch back to Black Arrow tool. And then you want to go up to the Object menu and choose Expand Appearance, and that will convert those dynamic Warp effects into static path outlines. So you can now see that the path outlines and the anchor points go through the various strokes. And then finally, we want to convert these big thick strokes to fill path outlines, and you do that by going up to the Object menu, choosing Path, and then choosing Outline Stroke.

We no longer need the group, so go up to the Object menu and choose the Ungroup command, and you should see over here in the shapes layer--if it's still twirled open--two compound paths, one for each one of the triangles, and that's it, folks. I'll go ahead and press Ctrl+Shift+A, or Command+Shift+A on the Mac, in order to deselect my artwork. And that's how you create a Jaunty, elegantly curving six- pointed star, here inside Illustrator. All right, gang. So, if you're a member of the lynda.com online training library, I have a couple follow-up movies in which I show you how to take that jaunty six-pointed star, and we're going to dress it up with some gradients and strokes, and we've got these interlocking triangles that are casting shadows onto the background and onto each other--all kinds of fun stuff.

If you're waiting for next week's free movie, the movie "The Hobbit" will be out, and so I'm going to show you how to create a Hobbit-worthy text effect inside Photoshop. Deke's Techniques, just as you see here, each and every week, keep watching.

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