Learn what it takes to design your own mind-bending illusion with Illustrator and Photoshop.
- Hey, gang. This is Deke McClelland. Welcome to my bimonthly series Designs Deconstructed, in which we take a look at some exciting graphic designs and we figure out how to make 'em. In this course, I'll show you how to animate this mind-bending optical illusion, in which a simple ball makes an endless journey across the surface of one of the world's most famous impossible objects. We'll start in Adobe Illustrator by creating what's known as a Penrose triangle, starting with nine base hexagons, and ending with this strangely-lead shape.
Then we'll add a golden ball and we'll plot the ball's path as it weaves in and out of the triangle. In the end, we'll switch to Photoshop, where we'll animate the ball using a combination of layer masks and the timeline panel. Note that this is a 3-D triangle, not a cube, which is why I think it's safe to say that in this course, we'll be quite literally thinking outside the box.
- 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