Riveting Reading

Sat, 8 Aug 2015

There are a lot of rivets on the Knight model I’m working on. A lot.

Time to harness the power of Illustrator! The Appearance panel is a very powerful tool. I can use it to modify a simple dotted line making it more representative of a strip of rivets. Starting with a simple line of black dots I click on the add stoke button and add a dotted blue stroke slightly smaller that the black – 6pt vs 7pt


Using the fx button I add a small transform to the black stoke moving it down and left slightly, imitating a shadow for the rivet head.


I then add another stroke – this time white 2pt and move it up and right to simulate a highlight on the head of the rivet.


I finish off the rivet effect by adding a couple of solid stroke lines (light blue and dark blue) below the line of rivets.


To make the rivets easily accessible I save them as a new Graphics Style – Rivet Ribbon.


Sorted! I can now add the rivet effect to any shape I choose – That should speed up the art work for the Paper Knight considerably!

Comments (2)

  • maxlrainer August 9, 2015 at 10:22 am

    I see! The right

    I see! The right software/tool comes in very handy. Looks great.

    Cheers!

    maxlrainer

    • robives August 9, 2015 at 7:05 pm

      Thanks Max!

      Thanks Max!

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