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  • I appreciate your Illustrator tutorials so much – as a designer I mostly used Macromedia Freehand about 15 years ago, then hit “pause” for 10 years while tending to my babies. Now they’re grown and I’m re-entering the design world. Illustrator has improved, swallowed Freehand, and become the standard, but it’s a bit unfamiliar to me. Your short tutorials are just the thing to help brush up on where all those tools/palettes are and what they’re called. Thanks!

  • By the way, playing around with your tutorial, I tried rotating text characters around the circle, in this case pacifico font “X”s and it not only works perfectly but the text characters stay text-editable. I had an example image to show you but I don’t see how to include it with this comment. How do you include an image in a comment?

  • In CS4 when I create the circle of dashed dots or squares, I get an extra dot or square (only one) adjacent to and touching the initial one. It can be at the top of the circle or, if I choose inside the circle or outside the circle, it might shift to the 3 o’clock position. Changing the dash or gap number doesn’t help. It is simply that I’m getting one additional unnecessary dot. Suggestions?

  • Ahh, that was an addition in CS5 along with moving those hard-to-find arrowheads to the Stroke Panel. Guess I’m out of luck in CS4. Thanks for the response.

  • Okay, I’m really laughing here but in CS4 you can try to use pattern brushes as in Brush Libraries>Borders>Borders_Dashed. Ouch. Or what I did, select the circle of dots, Object>Expand Appearance>rt click>Release compound path. Now you can select the extra dot, but wait, both the extra dot and the good dot are one object. Okay so delete the corrupt dot, leaving a gap in your dots. Now select one of the many remaining dots and Alt-Drag a copy to the open gap. Now nudge, nudge, nudge, nudge until you get it positioned just right. Select all the dots, CTL-G, and breathe out. You’re done. No, a better way is just make your own dot, small circle, or your own small square, then go through the same steps as you did with rectangles and stars. Much easier. Or upgrade to CSxx. Ahh, my laugh for the day! Thanks for a useful tutorial.


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