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#1 OrganizedFellow

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Posted 23 August 2009 - 09:32 PM

Hiya Gang.

I'm searching for a method to make this project of mine easier.
I could have sworn I've seen it elsewhere before, but can't find it.

Basically what I'm looking for is an 'extension' perhaps? That makes it easy to work with mirroring a path AS I WORK.
Probably with the option to mirror horizontally, or vertically, or both.

Example:
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I'm working on my new tattoo :)
It's another ambigram. Traditionally, I do these by hand.
But want to try it with Fireworks.

This is essentially what I am trying to accomplish.
As you can see, the first two example are exact mirrors (180*) of themselves. The last one is me going crazy :P

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Can you read what it says? :)
I won't spoil it, but a high-five to the correct guesser.
(HINT: it is someone's name (female))

So for the first two, I had created a Symbol, edited the Symbol, and back and forth and back and forth.
It got really tiring, so I was thinking ... there HAS to be an easier way!

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Posted 24 August 2009 - 06:59 AM

Hehe you must be obsessed with Dan Brown :)

Does it read Olivia?

The tool you are looking for is under Modify > Transform > Flip Horizontal or Flip Vertical, or right-click > Transform > Flip.... You need to make a copy of your shape before you use it. Did you mean you'd like to have the option of copy-flip (i.e. mirror) in one action? I am not aware of such a tool... others? Anyone?

Very cool tattoos, btw

#3 OrganizedFellow

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Posted 24 August 2009 - 07:40 AM

Hehe you must be obsessed with Dan Brown :)

Not really. Good intriguing novels, but not obsessed - much!
Angels & Demons did inspire my first ambigramic tattoo though.

Does it read Olivia?

Yes it does!
I'm glad it was legible.

The tool you are looking for is under Modify > Transform > Flip Horizontal or Flip Vertical, or right-click > Transform > Flip.... You need to make a copy of your shape before you use it.

Yeah, I'm aware of that method.
Too many clicks to achieve desired results.

Did you mean you'd like to have the option of copy-flip (i.e. mirror) in one action? I am not aware of such a tool... others? Anyone?

Yes, that would be exactly what I need.
During creation of an ambigram, the slightest change to any one point in the wrong direction makes some undesired effects.


Hhmm, hopefully, someone knows of a quick solution.

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Posted 24 August 2009 - 10:36 AM

Hey there and welcome! Tat looks cool!

You could start from this article and make the mirror panel custom to what you want. I think mirror drawing take a hit on performance, but good idea though. :)

http://www.adobe.com/devnet/fireworks/articles/creating_panels_pt1_06.html

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Posted 24 August 2009 - 12:03 PM

You could start from this article and make the mirror panel custom to what you want.
http://www.adobe.com...els_pt1_06.html

Thanks for the link Alan :)
With just a quick skimming of that tutorial, it looks as though some scripting is involved?! What if I don't know any?

I think mirror drawing take a hit on performance, but good idea though. :)

Even if what is being mirrored is a vector? I would have thought that wouldn't impact much or not at all.



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EDIT:
I'm following that example, and it seems pretty simple. I can't believe I have never used the history command ability.

But still wish for a simpler method. I'll try this for a while and see how well it improves my workflow.

Edited by OrganizedFellow, 24 August 2009 - 12:45 PM.