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How draw “snowflake” in live mirror mode in illustrator?

Community Beginner ,
Mar 02, 2017 Mar 02, 2017

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I want to draw such "snowflake" pic using 1/8 part of it.

Is there way to use Illustrator to draw such a snowflake in live mirror mode?

https://i.stack.imgur.com/uGeov.png

I thought that I can use clipping mask and Transform Effects for it. But when I use Transform Effects on clipping mask group, I found that illustrator doesn't ignore objects inside mask. And I had unexpected result.

https://imgur.com/Xfio9hE.gif

In the end of gif (when I use crop from pathfinder panel), I demonstrate a result which I want to have in this situation

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Mar 02, 2017 Mar 02, 2017

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Fedorov,

You can use the MirrorMe plugin from Atute Graphics:

http://www.astutegraphics.com/software/mirrorme/

I am afraid Illy can only give you (almost, if showing after each new Anchor Point counts) live mirroring with only one reflective axis, unless there is some script out there. You may try to ask in the scripting forum:

Illustrator Scripting

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Mar 02, 2017 Mar 02, 2017

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couldn't you do both x and y axes with two transform effects, jacob?

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Mar 02, 2017 Mar 02, 2017

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Thanks, dougofakkad!
I know about this plugin, but maybe is there way to making it using default possibilities of illustrator?

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Mar 02, 2017 Mar 02, 2017

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this is two transform effects applied to the layer, on for the X and one for the Y axis (select circle icon in layers panel to select layer appearance). the box is to constrain it; you can make it no stroke/fill:

reflect1.png

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Mar 02, 2017 Mar 02, 2017

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Right you are, Doug.

You can also use Rotate and the right number of copies.

I believe the key is the constraining square, which is unecessary for a simple one to two reflexion so I failed to think about it here.

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Download the madpattern set of templates and inspect them closely (or just use them)

madpattern.com

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