Painting Paths with Opposing Gradients

In this week’s free episode of Deke’s Techniques, Deke makes the more impossible even more possible with the help of Adobe Illustrator.

Specifically, he enhances last week’s Devil’s tuning fork illusion by applying gradients that give each “tine” a cylindrical appearance. While the “root” remains flat-sided. (Yes, I did just have to Google “parts of a fork.”)

Here’s where we left off in last week’s exclusive episode:

Impossible trident we left off with last week

Which is transformed in this video by:

  • Adding custom perpendicular gradients to create the cylindrical effect (0:52)
  • Creating a second gradient to restore the opacity to and flatten out the base sections (2:29)
  • Transferring the cylindrical appearance with the Eyedropper tool (3:40)
  • Evoking a clipping mask to restore the flat shape in the background (4:25)
  • Arranging various objects to sort out glitches in the effect (11:15)
  • Editing the clipping mask to fine tune those glitch fixes (12:30)

If you’re a member of LinkedIn Learning, then Deke’s got an exclusive movie this week in which he adds impossible shadows to this impossible object.

Deke’s Techniques, Illustrator-ing the Impossible.


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