I am building mandalas on Illustrator using this method.
Simply put, he uses the polar grid tool to create a slice of whatever number of "spokes" you want, splits and joins the points to create a single path. Then creates a symbol inside a symbol that contains a clipping mask so that when you draw outisde the lines of the slice you won't see it on the finished mandala.
I have followed this tutorial fairly preciesely and continue to experience this issue.
Here is what is happening.
I create my slice and duplicate with the rotate copy tool everything goes fine. I have no gaps (see image 1) and I have my closed path with the clipping mask above my 2nd path to show me my bounding edges.
When I draw a line outside my clipping mask it throws my mask off and shows it "moved" even though i didn't move anything and have my layers locked.
I will include photos to show you what I mean.
- Image 1 - The mandala as it looks blank showing no skewing
- Image 2 - The Isolation mode instance of the slice showing my layers
- Image 3 - The test - when I draw outside the box in the slice Isolation mode
- Image 4 - What the mandala looks like if I do nothing showing the mask has shifted.
- Image 5 - If I trim the line this issue doesn't happen as much (what it SHOULD look like - notice the white gap missing...)
- Image 6 - one more example to show extremes
If I undo these lines that go outside the "mask" the shape returns to Image 1.
I must have a setting somewhere that I am unaware is on. Please help. There's no point to me having a clipping mask even on if I have to trim the damn lines everytime I make one. Thank you in advance.