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    Default How Do I Make Light Beams

    Hi everyone,

    I know that when someone tells me how to do this, I'll kick myself for not thinking of it. But for the life of me, I'm just not figuring it out.

    How do I make "light beams" like the image below?

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    I lifted this image from an iOS app called Flashlight.

    Thanks in advance!

    --Mike.

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    Default Re: How Do I Make Light Beams

    This work?
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    Default Re: How Do I Make Light Beams

    If it is the background design then that is nearly the same method. Use one vertical and one horizontal guidelines in the middle of your artboard, then go into your Page Options and set your constrain angle to give you the number your light beams. Once you have applied that then draw a triangle to suit you design, with the triangle still selected move the centre of rotation of the triangle down to the centre of your guidelines. Then drag the shape around using the mouse while holding down CTRL and right click to duplicate the shape. Keep doing this till you have gone around a full 360 degrees. Then give your shape a colour and maybe make it slightly transparent with a circular transparency so that the centre is slightly lighter.
    Design is thinking made visual.

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    Default Re: How Do I Make Light Beams

    Gary: After poring over your tutorials over the years, I knew how to make a convincing light beam. However, it looks like I still have trouble writing to get my point across.

    Albacore: I read your approach and couldn't follow it in my head. Then I just followed step-by-step, and it worked just how I needed it. And I'm not kicking myself, because your approach would have never crossed my mind.

    Gary & Albacore: Thanks for taking the time to be great teachers!

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    Default Re: How Do I Make Light Beams

    Quote Originally Posted by Mike Risner View Post
    Hi everyone,

    I know that when someone tells me how to do this, I'll kick myself for not thinking of it. But for the life of me, I'm just not figuring it out.

    How do I make "light beams" like the image below?

    Click image for larger version. 

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    I lifted this image from an iOS app called Flashlight.

    Thanks in advance!

    --Mike.
    Do exactly as Albacore as explained, this quick drawing might help you in doing that. Ooops a bit late, glad you figured it out

    Stygg
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    Default Re: How Do I Make Light Beams

    Mike just so we are all clear on what you are asking, is what you want the beam of light shining from the flashlight or the background light rays?
    Larry a.k.a wizard509

    Due to current economic conditions the light at the end of the tunnel has been turned off

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    Default Re: How Do I Make Light Beams

    Or alternatively you can use a brush to create the background pattern (assuming also that this is what you are asking about).

    Create a triangle tall and thin, create a new brush with it and use the brush on a circle (which just has an outline); make sure that 'rotate along path' is ticked in the brush menu 'Rotation' section. Adjust the spacing of the brush if necessary. When it is spaced ok, convert line to shape (then you can add a circular fill / transparency etc). Draw a rectangle/square with the alternate background colour and use this to clipview the 'rays'. Image below is a quick example.

    You could also use a blend to do the same sort of thing, ie attach the blend to a curve (circle).

    Regards

    Su
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    Default Re: How Do I Make Light Beams

    Thanks Su, I was thinking from the beginning that's what he wanted.
    Larry a.k.a wizard509

    Due to current economic conditions the light at the end of the tunnel has been turned off

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    Default Re: How Do I Make Light Beams

    Brilliant, thanks so much for this tip Albacore!

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    Default Re: How Do I Make Light Beams

    Probably one of the lesser used effects but not one to forget, Conical Fill (or transparency).
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