Looking for best way to alter an uploaded circle frame (adjust weight and add gold effect)

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Jun 02, 2021 Jun 02, 2021

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Hello! 

I am pretty stuck at the moment in trying to figure out how to make a very specifc type of circle frame in illustrator. I have attached an image of the pattern of the frame, However I need to make it less thick so that it is not a very obvious or prominent (I am using this element as part of a logo) , I also would like to give it a gold effect coloring rather than have it be a solid color. Does anybody know the best way to go about doing this? Can I upload it to illustrator and make these type of edits that way? I am fairly new to this platform but am eager to learn 🙂 Thanks in adanve for your help!! GK Circle.png

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Adobe Community Professional , Jun 02, 2021 Jun 02, 2021
You can draw a segment of your pattern and create a new pattern brush from it. You then Expand Appearance and add the metallic effect to the ring.

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katkats, You can use the rectangle tool, then cut out the middle part of the bottom long side, then copy and rotate the copy by 180 degrees and move it downwards as desired, then cut the whole long side to split the copy, then reflect each half and move the two halves apart as desired.

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You can draw a segment of your pattern and create a new pattern brush from it. You then Expand Appearance and add the metallic effect to the ring.

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Thank you so much!!! 🙂

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If you want your gold effect to look more like this:

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Create a wide plain stroke with the gradient you want, place it under your ring and use the Transparency pallet to apply the color to your pattern. 

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I have one more question, can I use the rectangle tool to draw this shape? Will it still allow that metallic effect? Because when i use the line tool or draw tool it does this weird thing where it combines all of the lines together 

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katkats,

 

You can use the rectangle tool, then cut out the middle part of the bottom long side, then copy and rotate the copy by 180 degrees and move it downwards as desired, then cut the whole long side to split the copy, then reflect each half and move the two halves apart as desired.

 

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that worked! thank you so much!

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You are welcome, katkats.

 

I wondered whether it was woolly in the right way.

 

 

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katkats,

 

I believe you will like the pattern brush,

 

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

 

 

Edit: Hi Susan, 45 seconds ahead.

 

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Thank you both!!! This really helped me out! 🙂 I hope you have a lovely week

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