In our last tutorial we looked at creating the the first part of our control panel. in that lesson we created two dials. In this lesson we will look at creating the 4 rectangles and interlacing of 4 letters around the image
Here is the Object That We Need to Reproduce
In the above image you can see that we are dealing with 4 rectangles that are the same just located in different positions. On each of the 4 corners are 4 letters. This should be rather simple. To change things around I will use the duplicate command in the Position command.
Select the Rectangle Tool
Select the rectangle tool from the ToolBox (1).
Create Our First Rectangle
The rectangle needs to be .616 by .616 (1). We need to rotate is by 45 degrees so I have used 315 degrees (360 – 45 = 315). Make sure that its line width is hairline because we need to cut it out
Position our First Rectangle
Open up the Transformation Docker and select the Position command (1). Make sure we are measuring from the middle (2). Uncheck the Relative Position (3). Make our copies 0 (4), Our x = 5.809 and our y = 1.233 (5) Click the Apply button
Create Our Second Rectangle
We need to create a copy of our first rectangle and place it on the top. First make sure that the Transformation docker is open and make sure the Position command (1) is selected. We need to be measuring from our center handle (2). Uncheck the Relative Position (3). Make our copies 1 (4). Now because we are using the relative position it means that our move will be relative from the original image. In this case we are going to move to the right .404 on the x and up by .404 on the y (5). Click on the Apply.
We Have 2 Rectangles
We now have two rectangles in our drawing.
Create our Third Rectangle
We now need to create our third rectangle. Select the first rectangle. Our x = .404 and the y is -.404 (5). I have set the copies to 1 (1) and the Relative Position is checked (3) and the copies are 1. Click Apply
We Now Have 3 Rectangles
Here are the 3 rectangles now created
Now We Need to Do the Fourth
Select the top rectangle. Place in the same values as we did for creating the previous rectangle. The only difference is that we are selecting a different rectangle than we had before. Our X and Y are the same.
Our Rectangles are Done
We now have our 4 rectangles done. We need to now place in the text around the rectangles.
We Now Need to Place in Our First Y
Our above image shows the locations for our Upper Y. The text height is .145 inches
We Now Need to Place in Our Second Y
Our above image shows the locations for our lower Y. The text height is .145 inches
We Now Need to Place in Our First X
Our above image shows the locations for our right side X. The text height is .145 inches
We Now Need to Place in Our Second X
Our above image shows the locations for our left side X. The text height is .145 inches