Vector Patterns for Currency, etc.

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Chuck Groth's picture
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Vector Patterns for Currency, etc.
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Sorry to be one of those guys who needs help finding a thread, but a while back, we had a discussion (and even a demo, if I remember correctly) regarding ornate "spirograph" patterns created in Illustrator, such as you might find on currency or certificates. Anyone remember the thread? I've done about a dozen searches.
Thanks!

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Not remembering the actual thread, but you may very well find the following post (and related links) on my blog on 'Guilloche' interesting: for.ma/blog/?p=89.

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Here are two more rather related threads titled 'Engaved Patterns (Banknotes & Stocks)', and 'Gullioche Pattern', on Typophile.

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From my history there are these:
http://typophile.com/node/30432 and http://typophile.com/node/20517

As far as Tutorials: the best I can suggest at this point is, using simple lines and the Object>Blend tool, you can achieve some rather basic but similar effects. layering these effects can create a more complicated looking design. Also, you might be able to use the pattern brush to create a border as well. It'll just take some experimenting to get the desired effect. Also, remember lines in a blend can be manipulated (either adding points, curves or even changing the position.)

Hope that helps.

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Try Object/Transform/Scale (or whatever) and Copy in transform . Thus one curve becomes many and can be scaled, slanted etc . Command D repeats the transformation.

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Joined: 15 Sep 2005 - 2:36pm
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thanks, guys.

there was actually a pretty longish thread before, and a lot of people had some great tips on using the blend to create the patterns. but, like i said, i can't find the precise node. but i do appreciate your ideas; i didn't know about the plugin.

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Maybe this thread can help:

http://typophile.com/node/38328