sexybeast Posted June 21, 2005 Report Share Posted June 21, 2005 (edited) If you guys want, I'll post a more in depth tutorial, but I want to post this while it's fresh. This assumes you know how to use Adobe Illustrator and have access to it. 1. Choose a guitar body style you want to make/copy and find/take a good quality digital picture picture of it. 2. Open a new Illustrator document and set the measurement units to inches. I use 40 tall by 20 wide. This assumes that you have a vertical photo of your guitar, otherwise choose appropriate dimenstions. 3. Go to ..File-->Place and place your guitar photo. Label it Guitar Photo in the layer manager. 4. Create a new layer and label it something like "Neck Scale" or Scale Length". 5. Use the line tool and draw a line the length of your chosen scale. The nice thing about this method is that you can scale your drawing to suit your needs. If you click, it gives you a length and direction option. VERY handy. 6. Use the line tool again and draw another line half the length of the first, to represent the distance from the nut to the 12th fret. Make these lines bold and use bright colors if needed to make them easily visible. 7. Use the align tool and align the tops of the lines as if they were at the nut. 8. Now, scale your drawing up or down to fit the scale lines on the layer above. 9. From then on out it's just a matter of tracing the shape and creating layers as you see fit. I usually draw the bold, rough curves first and zoom in later, add the tight curves and apply the join command. Please let me know if you'd like a more in depth tutorial. I can make Illustrator a bit easier to tackle and walk through an entire guitar plan. This should help a lot of us that are searching for plans everywhere, with no way to get them. Edited June 21, 2005 by sexybeast Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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