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Creating an intricate engraving effect

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Video: Creating an intricate engraving effect

In this movie, I'll show you how to create this multi-line

Creating an intricate engraving effect

In this movie, I'll show you how to create this multi-line engraving effect in the background and, what's great about this technique is that no matter how you approach it, you'll come up with a unique effect and you pretty much can't go wrong. I'll go ahead and switch over to my document so far and we need to create a new layer below the active one. So I'll click on the Template Layer to select it. And then, I'll Alt click or Option click on the little page icon at the bottom of the Layers panel, to bring up the Layer Options dialog box. I'll call this new layer Green Lines, and I'll change the color to the second one in the list, light red, because it'll stand out from the green lines quite nicely.

And now I'll click Okay. The next thing you want to do is establish some base stroke attributes. And we'll do that from the Control panel. With nothing selected, click on the very first swatch and change it to none. And then, Shift click on the second swatch to bring up the RGB values, or CMYK, what we want is HSB. So click on the Fly Out menu icon and choose HSB from the list. And HSB by the way, stands for Hue, Saturation, and Brightness. It's just the best way to replicate the color. That I'm going to throw at you here.

So I'm going to go ahead and change the hue value to 85 degrees. And then I'll tab to the saturation value, change it to 70%. And I'll change the brightness value to 80%. And that's going to update the hue and saturation values. And that's because Illustrator is trying to find the nearest RGB equivalent, because this is an RGB document. Don't worry about it, it's just fine, because in the end we will get this light shade of gray. Next, change the line weight to 1.5 points. Alright, now you want to zoom way out from your document so that you can see the art board, and then select the pen tool, which of course you can get by pressing the P key.

And go ahead and click six times in order to create a big zig zag like so that stretches from above the art board to below the art board so you've got the entire thing covered. Alright, now press the A key to switch to the white arrow tool and Alt click or Option click on your zig-zag path outline. And then, drag any one of these corner controls as far as you can in order to round off that line as much as possible. Alright, now I'm going to move this shape just a little bit by dragging it up and to the right.

Now we need to replicate it several times and of course you do that by going to the effect menu, choosing distort and form and choosing the transform command. And I'm going to set the Horizontal value to seven points, and I'm going to take the Vertical value down to negative two, like so, and these are just values that came up with, as usual, through trial and error. Now, turn on the Preview checkbox, and you're going to see the line move over just a little bit. Then, click in the Copies value, and press Shift+Up Arrow, several times in a row.

Until you cover the entire art board which for me, happens at 140 copies. It doesn't really matter where it happens for you. Just as long as it does happen. Then click okay. All right, now let's go ahead and zoom in by pressing control 0, or command 0 on the Mac, and this looks pretty good to me. You just want to make sure that you don't have areas where the paths get too close to each other. If you do by the way, then you just want to select the rotate tool, which you get by pressing the R key. Just go ahead and drag, a little bit clockwise in order to expand the paths so that they move slightly away from each other.

So, there's a little trick if you run into problems. Alright now I'm going to press Ctrl+Minus or Cmd+Minus several times in a row, to zoom out from artwork, and with the rotate tool still selected, I'm going to go ahead and press the Enter key. Or the Return key on the Mac in order to bring up the Rotate dialog box. And then I'm going to set this value to -33 degrees and I'll press the Tab key. And believe it or not, this is what I want. But I don't want to rotate the original, I want to create a copy. So, click on the copy button in order to create that copy like so. Then I'll switch to my Black Arrow tool, which you can get by pressing the V key.

And I'll go ahead and drag this guy upwards to about this location here. Now, we need to change the colors. So, Shift click on the the green swatch up here on the Control Panel. Change the Hue value to 150 degrees. Take the Saturation value up to 100%, and take the Brightness value down. To 60% in order to produce this shade of green right here. Then press the Enter key. Obviously we need to move these shapes in a different direction so bring up the Appearance panel, which for me is next store to Layers. It might be above it in your case. And now click on the word Transform to bring up the Transform Effect dialogue box.

And all I need to do and hopefully you do as well, is change the Vertical value from negative two points to positive two points. To confirm, go ahead and turn on the preview check box. And that looks good to me. Then, click okay. Now, press Control 0, or Command 0 on a Mac, to zoom in on your artwork and just confirm that the lines aren't getting too close to each other. In my case, they are not. All right. Now I want to create a series of bending horizontal lines. So I'm going to go ahead and zoom out a little bit and now I'm going to draw a horizontal line using this time the line segment tool.

Which you can select from the Lines Tool Layout menu. And then I'll just go ahead and drag across the top of the art board, above the art board by the way, and make sure the line is wider than the art board as well. And I'm pressing the shift key. To constrain the angle of this line to exactly horizontal. Then, Shift click on the little green swatch. And all these values are fine as is, we just need to take the Brightness value down to 40% in order to darken that line. Now, let's create a copy of it by pressing the V key to switch to the black arrow tool, drag the line downward and then, press and hold the Shift and Alt keys, that's Shift and Option on the Mac.

That way, you constrain the angle of your drag. To exactly vertical, thanks to the Shift key. Then you create a duplicate of this line, thanks to the Alt or Opt key. All right, now we want to blend between these two lines, so Shift click on the top one so both are selected. Then go up to the Object menu, choose Blend, and choose Make. And in my case I have way too many path outlines. You may not have enough, but either way, we need to change our settings by going to the Object menu, choosing Blend, and choosing Blend options. Then change spacing to specified steps, turn on the Preview check box, and change the steps value to a 100, and we end up with this effect here.

Then click okay. Alright, now I'm going to zoom back in. I want the intersections of all these green lines to darken each other right there and to do that, you want to switch back to your layers panel and click in the upper right corner of this layer. In order to select all of the artwork on that layer, so all three of the green line effects. And then, go up to the Control panel. On the far left side you should see the word Opacity. Click on it, and change the blend mode from normal to multiply.

And now you can see that all of the path intersections become a darker shade of green, as if all of the greens are drawn In a kind of magic marker. Alright, now I'll go ahead and press control 0, or command 0 on a Mac, in order to zoom out. And I'll press control shift A, or command shift A, in order to deselect my artwork. And that friends is how you create a Green Multi-line Engraving effect using a combination of the new round corners. Dynamic effects, a Blend and the Multiply Blend Mode here inside Illustrator CC.

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