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Chapter 6. Nodes and Paths > Special Project: Make Waves

Special Project: Make Waves

It's time to take what you have learned and create something fun. The wave shape is easy to make and can be used in many drawings, including seagulls and house roofs (check out the town scene on page 67).

To create waves:

1.
Draw a perfect circle using the Ellipse Tool while holding down the Ctrl key (Figure 50).

Figure 50. Draw a perfect circle by holding down the Ctrl key while dragging the Ellipse Tool.


2.
Convert the circle to curves by either choosing Convert To Curves from the Arrange menu or pressing Ctrl+Q on the keyboard.

3.
Select the circle using the Shape Tool. Four nodes will become visible around the circle (Figure 51).

Figure 51. Select the converted circle with the Shape Tool.


4.
Marquee select the nodes on the right and left sides of the circle (Figure 52).

Figure 52. Use the Shape Tool to mar-quee select the left and right nodes.


5.
With the Shape Tool's pointer positioned over one of the selected nodes, right mouse click and select Break Apart from the pop-up menu (Figure 53). This will break the selected nodes apart. Next, you will need to break the entire object apart.

Figure 53. Place the Shape Tool pointer on one of the selected nodes and right click. Choose Break Apart from the pop-up menu to break the selected nodes apart.


6.
Choose Break Apart from the Arrange menu (Figure 54) or press Ctrl+K on the keyboard. This will break the selected object—the circle—into two halves—an upper and a lower.

Figure 54. Select Break Apart from the Arrange menu.


7.
Switch to the Pick Tool and position the pointer on the path at the top of the broken circle. Press the left mouse button and drag it up. When you release the mouse, the upper arc will be selected (Figure 55).

Figure 55. Select the upper arc and drag it up and away from the lower arc.


8.
Press the Delete key on the keyboard to delete the top half of the circle. You will be left with the bottom half—the left side of a wave (Figure 56).

Figure 56. After you delete the top arc, the bottom arc remains.


9.
Select the bottom arc with the Pick Tool.

10.
Press Ctrl+D on the keyboard or choose Duplicate from the Edit menu. A duplicate of the arc will appear (Figure 57).

Figure 57. A duplicate arc appears above and to the right of the original arc.


11.
Move the duplicate arc over to the right, positioning the left tip of the duplicate on top of the right tip of the original (Figure 58). You've made your first wave! Be sure to leave the duplicate selected because you're going to use smart duplication to create a series of arcs.

Figure 58. Use the Pick Tool to drag the selected duplicate to its new position.


12.
Press Ctrl+D or choose Duplicate from the Edit menu. A third arc appears to the right of the second arc (Figure 59). Continue creating duplicates until you have as many waves as you want (Figure 60).

Figure 59. When you duplicate the second, repositioned arc, the next duplicate appears to the right of that second arc.


Figure 60. It's easy to make an ocean of waves.



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