How to recreate this squiggly rectangle

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Aug 02, 2022 Aug 02, 2022

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Hey, I have this source image that I'd like to recreate neatly using Illustrator. I'm having a hard time getting the curves similar to this via the Zig Zag effect. Any ideas? 

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Aug 02, 2022 Aug 02, 2022

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You may just use the Pen tool or the Curvature tool to draw it.

 

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Aug 02, 2022 Aug 02, 2022

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Hiya,

 

This is A good example to watch: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V1ibvMmKp7U

 

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Aug 02, 2022 Aug 02, 2022

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Hello @James Reina,

 

Thanks for reaching out. I hope the suggestions shared by Kurt helped resolve the problem. If not, kindly try the steps shared in this tutorial and check if it helps: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q4Olmm0d-R8.

 

Looking forward to hearing from you.

 

Thanks,

Anubhav

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I have seen these videos, thank you for sharing them too. I have used these techniques but they don't address the 3-dimensionality of my source image. I need a squiggled rectangle to be nearly identical to the source image, but in .ai. 

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Aug 02, 2022 Aug 02, 2022

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I think your best bet will be to place the source image in illustrator, then with the image selected, click the drop down arrow beside "IMAGE TRACE" and select the "16 colors" option. (See attached image Step1_trace.png). Open the Image Trace window from the Window menu to edit the options as shown in step2_options.png attached. Then click the Expand button in the top toolbar that I circled in step3_expand.png. 

 

This will convert your image into a vector, giving you all those little grungy details around the lines like you want.

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Ah sorry my mistake, I specifically don't want the grungy bits around the lines.

I want to recreate it as a vector so that I have a clean, and exact version of this—without the noise. 

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Community Beginner ,
Aug 02, 2022 Aug 02, 2022

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There are 2 more ways that might get you close.

First is to draw a rectangle and apply the Zig Zag effect. Effect > Distort & Transform > Zig Zag

It will require a bit of playing around as the size of the object and scale of the effects are all variables. You can leave it as a live effect or expand the appearance if you want regular outlines. You can also appy this to a single straight line if you want a wavy line.

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The other way is to create a pattern path. 

Draw the repeating shape similar to what is shwn below. Open Window > Brushes and with the object selected click on the + at the bottom righr corner. This will bring up a list of options - choose Pattern Brush. This will bring up the panel below. You'll see from my example the corners don't match your image but it gets you closer. 

Again Expand Appearence of the object if you want to play with the vector handles.

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These two options are the closest so far, but still issues, specifically with the corners of the rectangle. 

Another issue is with the Zig Zag effect is it automatically creates an even amount of bulges on all four edges of the rectangle, whereas my source image has only 3 bulges on the top/bottom and 5 on the left/right.

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Community Beginner ,
Aug 02, 2022 Aug 02, 2022

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Hi James. Yes it's not perfect. There may be a better solution out there somewhere.

You can ZigZag a long and a short path then expand and join together. Still a bit manual but should be quicker.

If you add an anchor to the path for each bump then only have one ridge per segment you will get some more control. I did't know this but if you add points along an path you can select them with the direct selection tool and use the Align palette to spread them evenly along the path.Screen Shot 2022-08-03 at 12.28.28 pm.png

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Aug 03, 2022 Aug 03, 2022

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James,

 

It is possible to get quite close with the Zig Zag (see circle at the top left corner).

 

 

Click/RightClick to see in full, Click again to get close, Click Here to see in Chrome 

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James,

 

But it is more accurate and about as easy to start with a circle (see upper left corner and left side).

 

In either case, the inner squiggly can be made by downscaling a copy and move it down.

 

Click/RightClick to see in full, Click again to get closer, Click Here to see in Chrome 

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