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Two Parallel Curves in Illustrator

To obtain two parallel curves in illustrator, in the sense of a design shape you can work with, the most simple function is the "OBJECT>PATH>OFFSET PATH..." function.


two parallel curves in Illustrator tutorial step 1You select the object you want to offset, than you set the parameters


two parallel curves in Illustrator tutorial detailThe Object>Path>Offset Path function and way to find it.


two parallel curves in Illustrator tutorial
The " Offset Path parameters"



two parallel curves in Illustrator tutorial
The "Offset Path..." in action




offset Path
The result....


medieval clip art from a coritnhian pillar
...and the application (here the ZIP file). See the page it belongs too!

walter crane decorationBy the way, this is a typical Art Nouveau design, but it's origin is much more antique. The "palm leaf" decoration has Greek and Mycenean origins.

Below is a Walter Crane decoration from his book, "Form and Line (1900)", a collection of lessons he gave at the Manchester Municipality Art School when he was Director for the Design section.

walter crane palm leaf decoration






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