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#1 Adam!

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Posted 30 July 2007 - 03:39 AM

Everyone needs an envelope at some point :)
Hope this helps!


1).
=> Create a black rectangle 150px x 125px and give it a Rectangle Roundness of 10.
=> Create a white rectangle 140px x 115px and give it a Rectangle Roundness of 5. Place it over and inside the black rectangle.
=> Select both, then copy and paste. On the copied version, make sure both rectangles are selected and choose Modify => Combine Paths => Punch

You should now have something similar to the diagram shown in Step 1.

2).
=> Right click on the black frame then select Transform=>Numeric Transform. Select "Rotate" from the dropdown and set the angle as 45 then click OK.
=> Move the frame so it is over the white rectangle, as shown.
=> Select the white rectangle and the black frame together then choose Modify => Combine Paths => Punch

3). You're white rectangle is now in two segments but are still being treated as one.
=> Select the white triangle then choose Modify => Combine Paths => Split

The two segments are now split and treated as individual layers. I've changed the colour of the top layer grey for identification. This is now the "grey triangle".

4).
=> Copy the grey triangle and paste it.
=> Right-click on it and select Transform => Flip Vertical
=> Move it down so it is exactly opposite.

I've made it black to show you it's new position

5). Basically, I've given the black traingle a 3px black soft border. Then changed it's fill type to linear so that
it fills from black 100% transparency down to black 0% transparency. Then made the overall transparency of the layer
to be 20%.

6). Added a few more very faint linear fills and some inner white(100%) glows.

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#2 Zoe20

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Posted 30 July 2007 - 05:49 AM

nice one

#3 Alan

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Posted 30 July 2007 - 10:00 AM

Dude that is an awesome way to make an envelope. I would have taken more steps to do it, thanks for the tutorial. Would the same rule apply if you were to make a small one for like a bullet in CSS?

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Posted 30 July 2007 - 11:11 AM

hmm.. I don't think it is what you meant Alan, but I think it would really cool to develop a way to create an envelope on the fly using bordered divs (the rounded part would be harder.

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Posted 31 July 2007 - 03:09 AM

Absolutely awesome!

I love your style!

Keep 'em coming...

#6 Adam!

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Posted 31 July 2007 - 05:05 AM

Dude that is an awesome way to make an envelope. I would have taken more steps to do it, thanks for the tutorial. Would the same rule apply if you were to make a small one for like a bullet in CSS?


That's a difficult one Alan. If the icon is 16x16 or less I tend to draw it manually, zoomed in because most of the large stuff just doesn't look right when you shrink it from 250px down to 16px.

Sometimes too, I might shrink the bullet point from 250px to 16px then edit it on zoom to tidy bits up or to draw a definate border around it to help with making it a transparent gif.

You could always master "pixelart" like this lot have... it's pretty amazing.
Personally, I just don't have the patience for it... worth looking at it though! :)
http://www.pixeljoint.com/

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Posted 31 July 2007 - 10:59 PM

Inspired by your work, I tried to make a different easier version. This is what I came up in my feeble attempt. May be you maestros can improve or innovate a better example.

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Posted 01 August 2007 - 04:46 AM

Nice one

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Posted 01 August 2007 - 11:02 AM

totally awesome, Adam.

here's my envelope:
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