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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.
You may be interested to know that the Penrose triangle is named for Sir Roger Penrose, a mathematical physicist who shared ideas with the famous Dutch artist M. C. Escher and the 1988 Wolf Prize for Physics with Stephen Hawking. But the shape was first conceived by a guy named Oscar Reutersvärd, who is so beloved in his homeland of Sweden that they created a series of postage stamps in his honor, making this triangle perhaps the best known example of math and art inspiring one another.
With the exception, of course, of Photoshop and Illustrator, which are themselves products of applied mathematics. For another take on the Penrose triangle, check out Deke's Techniques 331, which shows you how to render the triangle as a series of cubes. You can also check out one of my other Designs Deconstructed courses in which I show you, for example, how to create a retro-style comic book superhero or your own personal online avatar. And of course, I'll have plenty more projects for you in the future. In the meantime, on behalf of Lynda.com, this is Deke McClelland wishing that all of your designs, whatever their inspiration, are nothing short of absolute perfection.
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