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MirrorMe for Illustrator
Astute Graphics makes plugins for Adobe's Illustrator. Great plugins that make your design process not only faster and easier, but plugins that allow you to discover designs that you might not have considered before launching into Illustrator.
With the holiday season coming around, it's time to start thinking about winter. Astute Graphics' MIRRORME plugin can help.
MirrorMe is one of the more straightforward plugins in the Astute Graphics arsenal.
At its heart, MirrorMe is a symmetry tool, allowing illustrators to create a pattern using the plugin to create new, mirrored images. However, the tool is much more ingenious than what a crude appearance transformation can offer. It merges paths and creates your compound shapes without having to employ a bunch of steps to get there.
SNOWFLAKES IN SECONDS
With winter holidays coming, let's take a look at creating, and live-editing a snowflake in Illustrator with the MirrorMe plugin.
Once you've installed the MirrorMe plugin, you'll find it appearing on the toolbar. It's the butterfly icon (symmetry, yeah). You can call up the MirrorMe panel from the windows pull down if you'd like, but if you prefer hotkeys, it's not really necessary.
One click with the tool will set the spoked MirrorMe overlay grid. The reference for the resulting image can be drawn between the two small arrows on the grid. If you want, you can click-drag to change the overlay angle, or if you want to change the number of mirrors, just use the open and closed brackets "[" or "]".
Now all you have to do is apply it to your layer and start drawing between those two little arrows.
Within minutes - within ONE minute, you'll have all of the custom snowflakes you'll need for your winter graphics animation....
...unless you're distracted by the fun of it all, and wind up making a quilting circle. What the hell am I doing. Get back to work.
You can check out MirrorMe for yourself by heading over to http://AstuteGraphics.com and getting your own 14-day trial. There are many other plugins that Astute Graphics offers for your Adobe Illustrator tasks. MirrorMe is just one of the simple plugins, there are many others that will help you design more intricate and elegant Illustrator projects more fluidly.
Ko Maruyama is a freelance animator in Los Angeles. In addition to working on film and broadcast animations, Ko teaches at Pasadena's Art Center College of Design - focusing on motion design. When working, writing or testing software allows, you can find him lending a hand in the After Effects board and lurking among the Cinema4D, Visual Effects and Photoshop posts within the DMNForums.