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Lesson 4. Drawing with the Pen Tool > Finishing the pear illustration

Finishing the pear illustration

To complete the illustration, you'll assemble the objects together, paint them, and position parts of the arrow to create the illusion of the pear being pierced.

Assembling the parts

1.
Double-click the zoom tool () to zoom to 100%.

2.
Choose Window > Layers to display the palette.

3.
In the Layers palette, click the template icon () that's next to the Template layer name to hide the template.

4.
Choose View > Show Bounding Box so that you can see the bounding box of selected objects as you transform them.

5.
Select the selection tool () in the toolbox, and Shift-click to select the two single curved lines that you no longer need for the leaf. Press Backspace (Windows) or Delete (Mac OS) to delete them.

Select and delete extra lines.

Now you'll make the stem and leaf smaller and rotate them slightly using the Transform commands.

6.
Select the stem and choose Object > Transform > Scale. Select Uniform and enter 50% in the Scale text box. Select the Scale Strokes & Effects option, and click OK.

The Scale Strokes & Effects option scales stroke weights and effects automatically. You can also set this option as a preference (choose Edit > General > Preferences).

7.
Choose Object > Transform > Rotate. Enter 45 degrees in the Angle text box, and click OK.

Scale stem 50%.

Rotate stem 45°.

Now you'll repeat the scaling and rotation on the leaf.

8.
Select the leaf and choose Object > Transform > Scale. Leave the settings as they are, and click OK to scale the leaf by 50%. Then choose Object > Transform > Rotate, and enter 15 degrees in the Angle text box, and click OK.

You can also scale and rotate objects using the scale and rotate tools or the free transform tool to do both. For information, see Lesson 6, “Transforming Objects.”

9.
Select the selection pointer, and move the stem and the leaf to the top of the pear.

10.
Move the parts of the arrow over the pear to make it look as if the arrow is entering the front of the pear and exiting the back.

Objects are arranged in the order in which they are created, with the most recent in front.

11.
Select the bottom part of the arrow, and Shift-click to select the curve where the arrow pierces the pear. Then choose Object > Arrange > Bring to Front to arrange them in front of the pear.


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