Designing and Animating a Mind-Bending Illusion
Illustration by John Hersey

Converting shapes into custom guides


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Designing and Animating a Mind-Bending Illusion

with Deke McClelland

Video: Converting shapes into custom guides

In this movie, we'll turn our hexagons into snapping guidelines. Now the first thing I want to do, is make my layer bigger, here inside the layers panel. So I'll click on the fly out menu icon, in the upper right corner of the panel, and choose Panel Options. And then, I'll select the other Option midway down the list, and I'll change this value to 70 pixels. And I'll click OK, so that we have a nice big layer thumbnail. And then, I'll double-click on the word layer one right there.

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1h 26m Intermediate Aug 14, 2014

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Learn what it takes to design your own mind-bending illusion, in this installment of Designs dekeConstructed—the series that breaks down popular graphic designs and show you how to re-create them on your own. Deke starts out by drawing an "impossible" Penrose triangle and a golden ball in Adobe Illustrator. Next, he plots a path for the ball to follow around the triangle. Last, he moves to Photoshop, where he shows you how to animate the ball with a combination of layer masks and the timeline.

Topics include:
  • Creating an "impossible" triangle with hexagons and gradients
  • Drawing and filling the golden ball
  • Drawing the path of the ball
  • Creating frames as layers
  • Animating your artwork in Photoshop
Subject:
Design
Software:
Illustrator Photoshop
Author:
Deke McClelland

Converting shapes into custom guides

In this movie, we'll turn our hexagons into snapping guidelines. Now the first thing I want to do, is make my layer bigger, here inside the layers panel. So I'll click on the fly out menu icon, in the upper right corner of the panel, and choose Panel Options. And then, I'll select the other Option midway down the list, and I'll change this value to 70 pixels. And I'll click OK, so that we have a nice big layer thumbnail. And then, I'll double-click on the word layer one right there.

And I'll rename this layer hexguides and press the Enter key or the Return key on the Mac in order to make that change. Now because all the polygons are grouped together, you can select them. Just by partially marqueeing them, or even just clicking on them with the Black Arrow tool. And then to convert them to guides, you go up to the View menu choose Guides and choose Make Guides. Or you can press Ctrl+5, or Cmd+5 on a Mac. But if you do, you'll see that the guides cannot be created or released within the selected object types.

And the problem is the blends. So go ahead and click OK to hide that alert. And then go up to the Objects Menu, and the Expand command to bring up the Expand dialog box. Fortunately, we don't have to make any changes. So, just go ahead and click OK, in order to expand out all of those shapes. Then we actually have an extra shape down left here. Because as you may recall, we had to duplicate that shape in order to get the blend to work out properly. So, we might as well get rid of it before we make the guides, by going up to the Object menu and choosing the Ungroup command.

Or you can press Ctrl+Shift key, or Cmd+Shift+G on the Mac. We still have a group, so we must have had a group inset inside of another group, as witnessed by the word group over here on the far left side of the control panel. To get rid of that group, go up to the Object menu and choose the Ungroup command. Again, and now you should see the word path, on the far left side of the control panel. At which point go ahead and click off the path outlines to deselect them, and then click on this down left path to select it and press the backspace key or the Delete key on the Mac to get rid of the duplicate.

Now press Ctrl+A or Cmd+A on a Mac in order to select all the polygons. And then go up to the View menu, chose Guides. And make sure first of all, that Lock Guides command is turned on. That way, we won't be able to inadvertently modify the guides once we create them. And then, chose the Make Guides command. And this time around, you should see all of the hexagons turned cyan on screen. Thereby, indicating that they are custom snapping guides. And that's a convert the hexagons to guidelines inside of Illustrator, so that we can begin drawing our impossible Penrose triangle in the very next movie.

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