In this week’s lab, we studied how to use the Adobe Illustrator to create 2-D vector drawing of a selected pixel picture via image trace and some other functions. In this assignment, I selected a mechanism of two gears which you can push the stick to keep the gears spinning.
At first, I tried to used live trace to convert this pixel picture into vector base. However, I realized that because of it is a handle-draw picture, all the lines have different thickness, which definitely can not be applied to laser-cutter. Therefore, I decided to use the trace image as a sample and depict it in different layer.
So my basic idea is using different layers for painting so that I won’t destroy what I finished before. I first put the trace image in the bottom layer and locked it so that I cannot change anything about it. Than I created the second layer which is for the four sticks. Eventually, I created the third layer where I put my gears on it.
While I was trying to create my gears, I tried to draw a circle and then attached it with tooth later. However, it is extremely tedious. So I used a website called geargenerator.com, which I can generate gears with selected features that I want. After I created the gears, I inserted them into the AI and modified their angles.
After I finished the sticks, I find that there were some overlapping place which it showed both the lines of the top and bottom, which is not good for presentation. Thus, I created some box for them and filled the box with white, which is perfect for covering.
This is the final picture that I got.
And here is the link for the .ai file: Brian Ying HW1-yvytys