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I want to make a brick-like pattern that follows a stratum for a geological cross section

New Here ,
Jan 08, 2013 Jan 08, 2013

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There is a brick-like pattern on a geological cross section:

bricks.PNG

I could draw this in manually but am wondering if anyone knows a way to do it automatically so there is a uniform horizontal distance between vertical separators? I tried creating a brick type swatch, but this created horizontal lines which did not follow the curve of the stratum:

swatch.PNG

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LEGEND , Jan 10, 2013 Jan 10, 2013

JET

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Community Expert , May 01, 2023 May 01, 2023

elfengoura,

 

I am afraid that James has been away from the forum for some time, but you can still see and use the screenshots, so a new upload would give nothing new.

 

You can also use some of the other suggestions here, including the links to pattern construction, just as they are.

 

 

It may be better to carry on here with so much to refer to than in your new thread here,

https://community.adobe.com/t5/illustrator-discussions/change-patterns-from-horizontal-to-curved/td-p/13762488

 

and mayb

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LEGEND ,
Jan 08, 2013 Jan 08, 2013

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Just make a pattern. Then you can fill any shape with the pattern.

http://www.creativepro.com/article/easy-pattern-creation-illustrator

http://vector.tutsplus.com/tutorials/text-effects/letter-brick-art/

http://www.google.com/webhp?hl=en&q=&tab=iw#hl=en&safe=off&tbo=d&output=search&sclient=psy-ab&q=How+...

Then use Object > Envelope Distort > Make with Mesh to create a mesh which can then be altered to any shape and the pattern inside will change as well.

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The second sounds better I tried the first and u can c result above. Ta

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It should be pretty easy....

Quick and dirty.....

patts.jpg

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Ok, I've got the distort working with a mesh...

distort envielope.PNG

Only thing is I'm not seeing how I can use this in strata too readily but i'll keep playing. Thanks for your help. The reason for this is when you draw a grid using the grid tool it asks for how many dividers you want. I'm more wanting a standard vertical divider distance which is applied whereever I set up this brick pattern in the strata. Otherwise I'm not going to get a standard appearance.

What I am going to try to do is set up a brick pattern across the whole cross section, then I will start out with a standard vertical divider distance. Then I can warp it and cut it at faults any way I like.

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Ok, I've gotten the grid set up, and managed to delete the bottom line of the bottom row of cells, but also first copy the bottom line of this row and join it so I get a line of equal length of the whole group of cells to which I can apply a zig zag transform to get the effect mentioned in the previous post.

Only thing is, and this is apparent in the above image too, the cells have little slivers between them when I apply a mesh distort, possibly because I divided them using pathfinder. Is there a way to merge adjacant cells back together again so there will be no slivers with a mesh distort?

mesh problem.PNG

This is the problem I get. How did you make your pattern so it is seamless?

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LEGEND ,
Jan 09, 2013 Jan 09, 2013

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it's basic pattern construction. Follow the links I posted earlier.

The left side of this image shows the basic pattern artwork.

The red rectangle on the right artwork show where a no-fill, no-stroke rectangle was added, then moved behind all other artork. Then everything was selected and dragged to the Swatch Panel to create a pattern swatch.

patternb.jpg

Teh no-fill, no-stroke rectangle defines the boundaries of the pattern. It must be behind all other artwork.

Once you have a pattern swatch, simply draw a rectangle (or any shape) then fill it with the pattern. Then apply the Envelope to distort.

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One other thing:

Object > Envelope Distort > Envelope Options: check Distort Pattern Fills.

You can easily get that wavy bottom edge by applying a smooth zig-zag to a path that matches the bottom edge of the envelope.

Create the rest of the shape with the Pen tool and (clipping) mask the distorted pattern with it.

Then give the mask a stroke.

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Hi Steve,

Thanks, really helpful!

I'm still getting a sliver between horizontal layers of the pattern when I distort it though. Is there a way to ensure this doesn't happen?

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Since I'm ultimately trying to use this to create a stratum in a geological cross section I thought I'd try it out:

pattern swatch distort problem.PNG

Honestly it's not what I really wanted. This is because the vertical dividers need to be perpendicular to the curve of the stratum, as manually drawn here:

stratum.PNG

Since the swatch is made of perfectly vertical and horizontal dividers, it wants to fill my rectangle, or live paint selection, with same. I am able to achieve some perpendicularity of vertical dividers to the curve of the strata by pushing the mesh points around, but nothing what I'm looking for. Surely someone in geology circles has figured this out?

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You're somewhat looking for CAD type fills in Illustrator. That's not going to happen. AI isn't CAD.

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Jan 14, 2013 Jan 14, 2013

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amazing. amazing, thank you. Adobe Illustrator is good!

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Apr 30, 2023 Apr 30, 2023

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Hi, Would you mind uploading these pictures agian!

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May 01, 2023 May 01, 2023

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elfengoura,

 

I am afraid that James has been away from the forum for some time, but you can still see and use the screenshots, so a new upload would give nothing new.

 

You can also use some of the other suggestions here, including the links to pattern construction, just as they are.

 

 

It may be better to carry on here with so much to refer to than in your new thread here,

https://community.adobe.com/t5/illustrator-discussions/change-patterns-from-horizontal-to-curved/td-...

 

and maybe post your image here too.

 

 

Here is the part of my answer from the new thread, that still applies:

 

Your first image shows highly irregular stonework. If that is what you want, you can create an Art Brush and use that. The Art Brush will give one instance of the artwork, whereas other will give tiles that are repeated.

 

You can read (more) about the different kinds of Brushes here (and search for specific ones).

https://helpx.adobe.com/search-results.html?q=brushes+illustrator&scope=%5B%22helpx%22%5D&subscope=%...

 

Each of the two pattern tiles in the post by James (JETalmage) shows a simple repeatable tile in a regular stonework, only made (softly) irregular by adaptation, as James showed.

 

You can make a more varied one with more stones, such as the courses of higher and lower stones you have (still with a bond pattern), but it must be made from a part of the stonework that will fit seemlessly if you repeat it.

 

I am afraid that James has been away from the forum for some time, but you can still see and use the screenshots here.

 

 

In any case, if you have a raster image you will have to start over.

 

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This is awesome. Thank you!

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