Although it seems complicated, path finding is fairly simple and it just takes time.
The steps I took within the lesson to create a graphic using Adobe Illustrator were:
- I selected window and pathfinder
- Then I typed some text onto the blank document, increased the size and changed the font
- Selected object and expand to turn it into a graphic
- Right clicked and ungrouped the type, allowing me to move the characters individually
- I then moved the letters so they merged into each other
- Then, I placed a line cutting through one of the letters
- After that, I selected the letter and the line and clicked divide on the pathfinder tool
- I then right clicked and ungrouped the shapes, which allowed me to drag the end of the letter away from everything else. Then I deleted it.
- After that, I selected all of the shapes and clicked on unite on pathfinder
- Then, I changed the colour of the shape
- I then selected the gradient tool and dragged out the radiance and transparency boxes
- Then, I selected the pen tool and created a shape
- After that I then used the black arrow to select the type and copy it
- Then, I pressed the shift key and selected all of it and click intersect
To create a complex graphic this process would have to repeated a lot and it takes a lot of time. Personally, I will probably use this as a journalist in the future on a simple and basic level.
The final graphic I created was: