how to do an arc in illustator CS3

How do I do an arc in illustator that is wider on one end and has tapered ends? Just like the arcs that are so popular these days.


Thanks,

Bob
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David BruggeCommented:
Select you object and go to Effect>Warp... and select the type of arc that you want. This will open a dialog box with sliders for both horizontal and vertical axis.

With Illustrator, you can stack your effects. That is, you can apply a simple warp effect, then apply another warp effect to that one. Keep you Apperance pallet open so that you can go back and edit or remove each warp effect individually.

For even MORE control. apply a warp effect, then go to Object>Expand Appearance. This will commit you warp effect to the object. You can then modify individual control points to your liking.

You can then apply a warp effect to your changes, etc.

Remember that when you Expand Appearance you cannot go back and edit the Effect through the Appearance pallet so save several versions while you experiment.

Have fun,

David B.
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weikelbobAuthor Commented:
I can't get it.

I want to:

Draw a line
make it taper to be wider on one side
make the 2 ends of the line have a pretty edge, not square or simply round, but sloped.

Thanks.
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David BruggeCommented:
would it be possible for you to post a link to an example similar to what you are seeking?
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David BruggeCommented:
As always, there are many ways to do something like this.

Here is, what I think, is the easiest and most direct.

Start by pasting the example that you gave into Illustrator. Go to the layers pallet and in the flyout menu at the top, go down to "template"

What template does is lets you work in wireframe while seeing the underlying artwork in preview.

Now make a new layer to work on.

Go to View > Outline

Select the pen tool;


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David BruggeCommented:
If that's not what you want, let me know...we'll try again.

David B.
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weikelbobAuthor Commented:
perfect!

Let me give it a try and make my logo.

I'll be back.
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weikelbobAuthor Commented:
OK.

I got half way.

How do you select only 2 endpoints? I tried all of the arrows and they select the whole arc

I created the arcs differently than you suggested, I copied and pasted for the second arc, then adjusted both arcs, one at the top of the image, and one at the bottom.

thanks again.
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David BruggeCommented:
> How do you select only 2 endpoints? I tried all of the arrows and they select the whole arc

Make sure you are using the Direct Select tool (the hollow pointer, not the solid black pointer)

>I created the arcs differently than you suggested, I copied and pasted for the second arc, then adjusted both arcs, one at the top of the image, and one at the bottom.

That's fine. Like I said, there are many ways to do something in these programs. The reason that I did the way that I did, is because it assures that the two end points are exactly on top of each other.

With cut and paste, (even with "snap to point" turned on) sometimes the points won't be exactly on top of each other. Does this cause a problem? In this case no. The Join command will draw a tiny line connecting them. In other situations, it might cause a problem.

But I'm glad that you are using my tutorial as a guide and doing things the way they feel comfortable to you.

David B.
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weikelbobAuthor Commented:
Got it.

Thank you so much David, the logo is beautiful.

Bob
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David BruggeCommented:
Glad to help. Thanks for the grade.
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