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February 10, 2017, 08:15:14 PM
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brynn

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This was originally posted here by k-drive.  Some forum glitch has required me to repost it.  Apologies!

Best of luck at the dentist!

It is really cool to see what people come up with for a simple project like the borders or the snowflake.

This border thing reminds me of some projects I worked on with SketchUp, that 3D program I mentioned.
I don't know why I started them or worked on them. I really did a lot of them for awhile. With 3D you had to line up six sides (Think: cube instead of square/rectangle for your basic starting grid.)

At first I just did 2D:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/ken-a/5933574863/in/album-72157624545553074/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/ken-a/6231269887/in/album-72157624545553074/

But, then things got crazy:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/ken-a/5961845340/in/album-72157624545553074/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/ken-a/5978646769/in/album-72157624545553074/

And, I went into more stuff like this:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/ken-a/5981712315/in/album-72157624545553074/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/ken-a/5982061803/in/album-72157624545553074/

These are all one set of objects designed to fit together. I would start with two walls at a 90 degree angle, and then add a floor.
Then, I would duplicate the design out to many, many rows and column. As you can imagine, I crashed the computer many times using up the memory!

See attached. For a 3D repeating project, I would start with a grid like this. You can see the layers menu on the left side of the screenshot. I turned off two of them so you can see the inside of the grid box. You can see that the layers that are turned off have the circles with no dots in the middle.

The layers in SketchUp are similar to layers in Illustrator/Inkscape in that you can group objects on them. But, since you are working with 3D, the layers aren't really layered. You don't really have things on top of others since you can move/orbit all the way around your object(s) in the main window. The layers are just for organizing your objects. For instance, I used them to turn on or off the walls of the grid that I didn't want to show. Does that make sense? The creators of SketchUp should have used a different name for that menu. But, it works the same way as Illustrator/Photoshop layers where you should use them for organizing things in a project. And, as you probably know, once a project gets complicated, you need to use layers.


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February 12, 2017, 01:31:13 PM
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Another repeat border design.
« Last Edit: February 13, 2017, 06:35:00 AM by k-drive »

February 13, 2017, 05:20:38 AM
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Nice - I like the colors.  I'm actually working on a new drawing with a lot of hexagonal parts.

Is that 2 borders next to each other, or the whole border has 2 rows?  Have you worked out what happens on the corners yet? 

The only thing I see the might need a fix, is the bottom horizontal orange border is wider than all the others.  It's hard to say without the SVG file, but it looks like maybe the blue and gray rectangles need to move down, rather than narrow the orange border.  But I'm not sure if that's how it's made.
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February 13, 2017, 06:24:21 AM
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Thanks for pointing out the bottom orange line. I missed that.
Sometimes I am a bit too anxious to get something up online. (I sometimes do the same thing on Flickr.)

I constructed it by creating the one row first. I then duplicated the row and flipped it horizontally it for the second row. You can see that in the attached file of the original square.

After looking at the final design for a day or two, I thought it might look better if the cubes were a bit off-center. That is, rotated a little bit on their vertical axes. But, I haven't worked out how to do that. I didn't work any kind of corners yet, either. I have been looking for vector tutorials online. There seem to be a lot of them for donuts. I thought I might try one for some reason. It seems like a good exercise. There are a lot of possibilities for design work.


August 15, 2017, 07:57:41 AM
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No rendering gaps, simple overlapping.

Reworked the layout concept, for practical purposes it's now consisting of fewer but different shaped objects:



Now, an outline is added in between of the fill layers so all it remains is using these current gradient filled paths as clipping paths on groups -then dropshadows and various filtering can be included. Will try to animate it as the final step -catching up with that.

August 16, 2017, 07:40:43 AM
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Added the clipping, and split it to 22 layers and 6 selection groups for better handling.
Getting ready for adding in filters&animation.