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Author Topic: How to draw gears with Illustrator  (Read 17779 times)
Cairn
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« on: February 23, 2007, 10:44:49 pm »

Not sure if this is the right place in the forum, but it is partially in response to this thread.

A while ago, I was looking for a tutorial for drawing gears, cogs, sprockets &c. in illustrator. I came across the following tutorials that others here might find helpful:

1. Simple Gears using Pathfinder and the Star tool: This tutorial made it really easy to draw 2D gears. I was successful drawing gears with this tutorial and then making them 3D with the next tutorial.

2. Digital Illustration Tutorial | Drawing Gears: I had trouble getting the gear teeth to have good, even geometry with this tutorial, but once I had a 2D gear, this tutorial made it really easy to make it 3D.

Hope these help someone! If you don't happen to have illustrator, may I recommend that you give Inkscape a try? It's free, cross-platform and open-source.
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« Reply #1 on: February 23, 2007, 10:47:07 pm »

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Thanks Cairn!
Can't wait to dive into these.
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« Reply #2 on: February 24, 2007, 02:24:24 am »

Nice tutorials-thanks!  I'm having a bit of trouble with step 4 of the first one, though.  I'm using Inkscape (which I'm very new to), and can't quite figure out how to translate the Illustrator instructions into those applicable to its open-source counterpart.  I get everything except for the whole "Pathfinder" part.  Any tips?
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« Reply #3 on: February 24, 2007, 02:20:13 pm »

2. Digital Illustration Tutorial | Drawing Gears: I had trouble getting the gear teeth to have good, even geometry with this tutorial, but once I had a 2D gear, this tutorial made it really easy to make it 3D.


Oh jesus, I just had flashbacks to Graphics from highschool...
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« Reply #4 on: February 27, 2007, 11:06:50 pm »

Oohh... I had never seen that second one before.. VERY handy indeed.
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« Reply #5 on: February 28, 2007, 01:48:18 am »

This is very quite intriqing, I have to try this out when I get onto illustator again.
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