Tutorial: Make a wallet using the Pathfinder tools
After publishing last week’s tutorial I got many questions regarding this tool called the pathfinder.
What is it, what does it do and where can I use It for?
So here’s a guide that will help you, and show you an alternative called clipping path.
Ok, its very unhandy to have a white background in this situation. Let’s remove it the Photoshop way.
To do this pres [ctrl]+[shift]+[d] (cmnd instead of [ctrl] on Mac)
This will change the white background in blocks.
To get the white background back just press the same keystroke again.
Now let’s make a nice circle. Short-press[L] to activate the circle tool, while pressing [alt] and [shift] click on the centre of your rectangle and drag it to make a circle that covers the full rectangle (to get more precise on this one you can use the magnetic guide-lines, just activate them by pressing [ctrl]+[u]. they are automatically turned on in cs4 and 5 but in cs3 you have to activate them yourself).
Ok many options.
You have the shape-mods and the pathfinders. While the shape-mods consume 1 of the objects the pathfinders mostly keep the “cutted” parts in the background.
In this case we need both the lowest shape and the rectangle so we are going to press the second option of the pathfinders.
While you are still in the [v] tool, let’s select the circle and drag it down holding [alt] and [shift] this should result in a copy like this. (the centre of the circle on the bottomline of the rectangle).
Give the broken rectangle a nice color like brown, black or blue.
And give the lemon the same color but darker (you can choose nice colors from the colorguide and the color-book, but getting color’s from www.colourlovers.com is good to. (we are going to play with these colors later on so don’t waste to much time).
Maybe the shape you made is a little bit smaller then the rectangle, but this is no problem.
Press [esc] to leave the group.
We are going to draw money..
Make a rectangle ([m] tool) and make it green.
Draw make some text on (texttool) it and kopy-pasta your face in. from a nice picture. Then make the transparency Darker or ligher (instead of the option Normal).
Group this money together by selecting all of the stuff in your money and pressing [ctrl]+[g]
Now press the “wallet” again and press [shift]+[ctrl]+[g] to ungroup the object.
Now press the dark “lemon” shape and press [shift] to select the money as well.
Go to Object -> clipping mask -> make or [ctrl]+ now the object is still saved but the details are hidden outside the shape. You double-click the money twice to get it back and relocate it to drag it a little. When you think it’s good press [esc] to reveal the whole stage again.
Time for some cool effects!
The shape added the round corners but there are still lines from the hard corner. Tell illustrator that this is the defined shape by going to object -> expand shape (below expand).
Now it’s time to make some beautiful fabric to cover our wallet.
Copy the object again by [ctrl]+[c] then [ctrl]+[f].
Okay, you’re basicly finished. But if you want you can make it a little bit more beautiful by doing some nice tricks. Just try some things out. If you’re happy save your work and export it.
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