Little Clock Tutorial
|Thanks to Rosie Hardman for all her help with my first tutorial and for testing it for me||Thanks to Deb DeHaven also for allowing the use of her downloads for use in this tut.|
|You can see Rosie's clock at the bottom of the page||The Gel preset I used for the face is also available at Deb's site and can be downloaded here|
Now Let's get started
Open a new Canvas 400x400 white.
1: The Base
|note* if you choose a glass..... because it is so transparent and you can't flip vertically you will have to duplicate it and convert to object so you can erase the bottom half and then flip vertically and fit over the bottom portion. (see pic above) This is so when you put the chains on the bottom they can be sent to the back without showing thru the glass*|
to Path tool:-Custom Shape- Decoration 3-Size
|2: the Face|
3: the Gold outline for your face
|4: the numbers|
to Path tool:
Shape Circle -Size approximately 145x145 -Border 30-Depth30|
-I used a gel preset rather than glass ,this gives the appearance of glass but is a little easier to work with and you don't have to worry about fitting your glass over another piece.
to Outline Drawing Tool: Shape
Circle-Border 3-Depth 30-|
Size approximately 145 x 145 - I used a gold fill with an M 21 bump
Place this around the face of the clock and resize if necessary to fit nicely around the face.
Go to Text tool: and choose the style and color font you would like to use.I chose a writing type font in a size 30 color black.But the size and color will depend on the style of the font you choose type in your numbers one at a time and place around the clock face.I placed the 12-3-6-9 first so I could align them with the center trim on the base.If you have difficulty getting them lined up properly you can always draw a smaller circle and place in the center and then delete it once your numbers are in place. As shown in the picture below.
5: The Center Point
Path Tool: Custom shape A 15(as shown here)Border 7-Depth 30-Size approximately
16x42 -Gold fill-no bump-and place in the center of the clock face
|6: the Hands|
|Path tool:Shape Nib-Border 7- Depth 30-Gold Fill -Duplicate it and set duplicate aside for a minute|
Place the rectangle on the nib and Right Click/Arrange/Send to back
Resize if necessary so the pieces match up in width.Select the two pices and Right Click/Merge as Single object
Duplicate the nib and rectangle and repeat this step except send the rectangle
to the back slide it farther under the nib to make it shorter for the smaller
hand.See picture |
Now place the longer hand pointing to the 12 and place the smaller hand on the face and rotate freely until you have it positioned .With both pieces over the center point.Now click on the Center pont (A15) and Right Click/Arrange Bring to Front
|If you would like to save your clock in the easy pallet before you merge as single object,select all objects and drag to your shapes library.Then you can add the chimes later and still change everything.|
Once you have the face compete and you are sure everything is in proper position-Right click/ select all objects /merge as single object
Decorate your Clock
And now we are ready for the chimes
and pull the center node down so it resembles the pic here.... then widen and smooth the two bottom nodes. This will be your center chime. Set aside
Path Tool: Custom Shape-
|Now Duplicate this piece and set aside with your center chime|
the Links for your chain
zoomed in to 200% to make them easier to work with.Once you have them lined up|
as shown here Return to Actual view and you can use the layer manager to select all five pieces by holding down the control key. Then RightClick/Align Left-Right Click/Merge as Single Object and now duplicate this piece 5 times .Take 2 pieces of your chain and overlap as shown below so that your chimes will hang at different lengths
haven't lined these up, I just wanted to show you how I got the varied lengths.
Once you have your
|*If you saved your clock in the easy pallet you may want to save the chimes you can do that now.Select the six pieces and drag to the easy pallet.|
Place your Chimes on the Clock and Right Click/Arrange /Send to Back
you would like to decorate the chimes you can do that now.When you are finished
decorating the chimes Right Click/Select all objects/Merge as single object|
Now all that is left is to pick a complimentary fill for your canvas .Optimize your graphic.and you may want to post your results in PING or on the PIRC board............
Thank you for doing this tutorial....I hope you enjoyed it------Below are a couple of variations of the clock tutorial
you have any problems feel free to email me