Hey everyone. I am need of some serious help.
I am VERY new to illustrator so I don't know if I am doing this the most effective way. So any guidance would be really appreciated.
I took on a pretty big project with a looming deadline and I am struggling to find the best way to create what I need.
My art board is a 7cm x 7cm size,(the actual size the drawings need to be for print) and I am using a stroke line of 0.25.
Above you can see the drawing I am trying to create....
Fig.1 I am using an isometric grid to create my lines and shapes with the Pen Tool and I am using the 3D effect to get accurate isometric circles.
Fig. 2 Without the Grid
Fig. 3 I have gone:
Object > Expand > Object > Live Paint > Make > Object > Live Paint > Expand
Then I can delete all the unnecessary lines I don't need to create what you see in fig. 3
Then Object > Live Paint > Make again so I can add colour as in Fig. 4
Fig. 4 One problem I am seeing through all the drawings I am doing is this weird issue with the some lines, If you look closely at fig 4 you can see where there is a slight difference in line thickness on some of the lines. When I save it as a PDF this is quite visible.
Once I expand the drawing my line thicknesses seem to be getting slight screwed up. As in Fig. 4
Is there a way to create this without having to expand the stroke, so I can still manipulate the drawing even after adding colour?
I am finding that there is no real consistency in the line thickness across the different drawings, and I can't 'select all' and add a stroke thickness of 0.25 as the stroke has been expanded.
Is there a more efficient way to do this type of thing in Illustrator as I have 60 drawings to do in two weeks.
Any help or advice would be truly fantastic.