When does 1 + 1 + 1 -1 = 1 great image? When you use the Subtract from shape area command
in Illustrator CS's Pathfinder Palette. It all adds up in this how-to drawn from a real-life logo
Written by Steven Hunter Gordon on March 9, 2005
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When Innosanto Nagara of Design Action developed a logo for a conference in Thailand on
protecting the health and safety of the world's rivers, he was challenged by a flood of different
applications and backgrounds. His logo had to work in a variety of media, from posters and
report covers to t-shirts-and also against a variety of backgrounds, including a solid black square
and a photograph. He met the challenge using Adobe Illustrator CS.
Nagara designed the logo as two components: the conference title, "Rivers For Life," split into two lines; and the interleaving colored waves that separated the title lines. To interleave the blue and green wave shapes, Nagara began by drawing a set of curved blue shapes.
Instead of drawing a second set of green waves, Nagara selected the blue wave shapes he had just
drawn with the Selection tool, and then double-clicked the Rotate tool. In the Rotate dialog, he
entered 180\u00b0 in the Angle field and then clicked the Copy button. With the copy still selected, he
changed the fill color from blue to green. (When you double-click the Rotate tool, Illustrator
automatically sets the rotation centerpoint at the exact center of the selected artwork. This means
your copy precisely overlays the original on the artboard.)
With the set of green waves still selected, Nagara completed the interleaving of blue and green
waves by creating a third set of wave shapes. Using the Reflect tool this time, he double-clicked
the Reflect tool (you can access this tool by pressing the mouse button down on the Rotate tool
icon in Illustrator's tool palette). In the Reflect dialog, Nagara set the reflection Axis to
Horizontal and clicked the Copy button. He changed the fill of the wave shapes to blue, giving
him a blue-to-green-to-blue series of wave shapes.
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