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 Introduction    Haveyou ever seen a bee? I’m pretty sure you do. They are small bugs with big buttsflying on top of the flowers in the garden or in some flower pots. They arealways finding a perfect flower to sip food -nectar. Then they will process thisnectar into a honeycomb. That’s where they produce a very healthy and very nutritioushoney.   Inthis part I will introduce my journal research about making pattern imageparticularly a honeycomb pattern using Adobe illustrator.

I found out that AdobeIllustrator is well known for making vector images that is perfect for printingin any sizes specially because it is not a resolution base. As for me, I wouldlove to see my work in a hard copy. So I decided to execute my work in thisprogram.

  Ofall the pattern that is existing in this world, I chose honeycomb pattern formy research. The reason behind this is because this pattern is not so popularbut it is quite easy to do if only we follow the steps. This pattern alsocontains a combination of different effects, shapes and shades of colors.  Thispattern will help us to know and practice some effects of this program.  And also it will help us grow our creativityand skills through analyzing and executing your work at the same time.

So let’sbegin.                How to make a honeycombpattern using Adobe Illustrator.   In this journal, I am using Adobe Illustrator C6 (64bit). Thru this discussion, I include some shortcut keys after the tools to beused to make it easier. Then I chose to use hex code for the colors so that itwill be easily to achieve.  1       BASE  1.  Using a polygon tool chosehexagon shape (6 sides’ polygon) to make a hexagon base for your whole pattern.

Radius 0.06in   2.  Using selection tool (v),select the hexagon base. Fill with dark yellow mustard or #936814 hex codes.You can adjust the hex code if you wanted to.     1.

3.  Create a border behind the first hexagon byusing Offset. First click the object then path and then click the offset. Afterclicking the offset a dialog box will appear. Set the offset 1pt (remember:your offset must be bigger than your base hexagon), joins to Miter and Miterlimit to 4x.    1. 4. Apply a linear gradient to the offset hexagonwith gradient tool.

Make seven shades. Apply the following hex code in order.  From right to left.  #FFB32D, #FFCC66, #FEE48A, #FDBC3E, #FEE48A,#FFCC66 and #FFB32D.    2        HONEYCOMB    2.

1 Using ellipse tool (L) draw a circlecovering the lower half of the base and offset hexagon. Apply linear gradientto it with gradient tool. Set the color #FFD652 on both gradient color slidesthen set the opacity to 100% and 0% with a 90° angled.   2.2.

Using selection tool (v), select the base hexagon and the circle. Apply shapebuilder tool (shift + M). Click the unwanted excess of the circle. Deselect anddelete.

   2. 3. Copy (ctrl + c) and paste (ctrl + v) thebase hexagon and change the fill to null and set the stroke color to #FF6633with a weight 0. 25 line.    2. 4.

Using selection tool (v), select the offsethexagon and apply offset by 1px. Set the fill color to #FFEA90.   2.5. Repeat step 2. 1. with two over lapping circles then using pathfinder, addthe two circles.

Repeat step 2. 2. Apply linear gradient and set the hex codeto #643513 then set the opacity to 100% and 0% with -90°angled.

   2. 6. Apply offset to the base hexagon. Offset1pt with Miter limit of -4x and apply linear gradient to #E0CB66, opacity to100% and 0%. Add stroke. Stoke weight 0. 5pt stroke color  #643513.     2.

7. Using rectangle tool (m) draw shapes onthe bottom edges of the base hexagon. Then use direct selection tool (a) toangle the edges of the shapes. Apply hex colo #E0CB66. 2.

8. Highlight the whole image then group (Ctrl + G)  3. Create Pattern 3.

1.Click the honeycomb image group. Make sure that it is in the center of thedocument. Then make pattern in the pattern option panel in windows. On the tiletype, select Hex by column  

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