Combing objects and using direct selection tool to move ALL points

If you look at my image below, I am trying to create a sail, by moving the points to create some angles and set a point in the middle of the bottom of that image, then bring it up a but with the Direct Selection Tool and use the rounded handle, but I want to two stripes to have the same appearance as if they are curving upward like in this:

http://www1.istockphoto.com/file_thumbview_approve/6759738/2/istockphoto_6759738-sailing-icons.jpg

Any ideas?

Thanks,

Ryan
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captainCommented:
Hi Ryan

I have this q on monitor but cannot get much time to do meaningful instructions, hence my comment in your other thread.

I will look at it and get back in a moment.

Thanks
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captainCommented:
First draw your rectangle and remove the right anchor point with the Delete Anchor Point Tool. (Step1)

Then use the convert anchor point tool on the topcorner. It will make a bulb but that's OK (Step2)

Now take the Direct Selection tool and select the part below the remaining anchor point so only the bottom part of the anchor and the bezier is selected, pick it up with the tool and straighten the sail. (Step3)

Take the convert anchor point tool to the top left and to the bottom right anchor point and form your sail (Step4)

Draw your green box for the stripe and use the convert anchor point tool on the anchor points to shape the flow you want, hold down the SHIFT key to keep it in a straight line for easier adjustment, then copy the strip you like for your pattern. Create a duplicate of the sail and align with sail(pink in picture) send this to front (Step5)

Select stripes and front sail (pink only) and hit CTRL + 7 to make clipping mask. This gives you the masked stripes for your sail and you can assemble your parts (Step6)

Sorry if this is a bit rough and ready but I hope this gets you going.

Play around with it to perfect...

hth
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catonthecouchproductionsAuthor Commented:
Wow...capt...you know just about everything! I am going to finish my work here and play with the two demos you gave me!

Thanks a ton, you have no idea

Ryan
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captainCommented:
lol, I must say I am sure there must be a way to manipulate more than one anchor at the time, but I don't know how....

Hope you get some good fun out of playing with this, always a pleasure.

cheers
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catonthecouchproductionsAuthor Commented:
Thanks! I am just about to start the floatie you did! Wish me luck!
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captainCommented:
Ahm, the floatie was Jason not me...

Thanks for the heads up though
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catonthecouchproductionsAuthor Commented:
Ah you're right! Sorry jason :p

Capt...I am getting stuck on >>

Now take the Direct Selection tool and select the part below the remaining anchor point so only the bottom part of the anchor and the bezier is selected, pick it up with the tool and straighten the sail.

I can get the shape that you have, but I can't get the left side straight, I can but it makes the rest of the sail skinny and doesn't look too good.

Any ideas?
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captainCommented:
When you select the anchor, don't draw a square over the anchor, just draw below it so it only shows one of the bezier 'stalks'. See the difference between Step 2 & 3 and the way the anchor point is hollow white rather than filled.

That way you can select the sides independently. It is all down to practise...have a look where your anchor point is and select just below...

hth, darn hard to describe..
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catonthecouchproductionsAuthor Commented:
Still kind of confused sorry!

I have the Direct Selection Tool selected and I want to select the top left point correct? I did notice how the box between 2/3 is filled and not filled.

This is what I get, but see how skinny it is, compared to yours?

Thanks!

Ryan
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captainCommented:
Hi Ryan

there is an easier way anyway. If you use the Convert Anchor Point (C A P) tool. Here is an illustration.

hth
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catonthecouchproductionsAuthor Commented:
HEY! Thank you so much for this, that did the trick. Awesome guide you made for this. Thanks again,

Ryan
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captainCommented:
Thanks Ryan, glad it worked out.


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