Submitted by deke on 7 October 2010 - 12:15am.
Well, gang. As many of you know, I've been remiss on the site lately. But only because I'm fulfilling my contractual obligations. Including this, check it out: I figured out how to create a Celtic knot in Illustrator. If that sounds like ho hum, big ole deal---I politely beg to differ. The illustration below contains not only paths that flow in and out of each other---meaning that one path can be simultaneously in front and in back of another, which is fundamentally not even sorta something you can do---but also paths that weave in and out of themselves. Themselves, I say! Which is not only currently impossible, but theoretically improbable within the construct of a vector-driver computer graphics application. And yet, it can happen---not in the future but right-this-second-now---thanks to the near-limitless depths of Live Paint combined with the seemingly infinite obsession of yours truly. (Let me make it clear: These are three shapes, filled with gradients, interacting with each other. And nothing---but much, much, much---more.)
My sidekick Colleen is the one who put me up to this challenge, so blame her for my lack of posting as of late. (Ha! I love blaming stuff on Colleen!) Incidentally, this will be part of "Chapter 17, Live Paint" in my forthcoming Illustrator CS5 One-on-One: Advanced video course for lynda.com, which will be available in November.
I'll come back to that topic in a moment. In the meantime, the final leg of my video bible on Photoshop CS5, Photoshop CS5 One-on-One: Mastery, is live and ready for viewing on the lynda.com Online Training Library. Read more »