Holy wow cow! That is above and beyond, creating the shape yourself to show me! At 4AM too! And with a gradient! I should have just uploaded the .ai file to begin with, but I thought using only images would actually make it more simple. I'll add it to the original post now.
What you're explaining is obviously going to work, since any gradient I apply isn't going to affect the heads. If Illustrator is your weakest Adobe skillset, it doesn't show :)
I guess I used the wrong term when I said 'decapitate' though. I should have said 'slit the throat all the way through and across the neck' haha. I'd like to keep the heads as I spent a lot of time getting their shape and position right. Is there a way to just seperate the heads without removing them? When I was talking about connecting anchors, I meant something like this:
(note, this is edited in Paint, those aren't real lines from Illustrator)
My problem and goal is ultimately to solve this:
When I apply the gradient, it flows throughout the whole shape. The blue line shows where the gradient goes till. I would like the head to be fully white, so I thought I'd 'cordone off' the head area so the gradient wouldn't reach it. The green circle shows how the gradient reaches the head where I don't want it. I would then just fill the head with solid white. So ultimately I'm trying to either create a path / line between the two anchors, or seperate the body and head into two shapes.
I've tried the "Cut path at selected anchor points" button but that didn't work. I could be just using it wrongly, but the Slice Tool didn't work either.
If you need me to explain the problem more, or want me to try something myself just let me know. You can stamp your feet and tell me to provide more if I want you to help :P Otherwise I feel like I'm taking more than I already am, than giving. Thanks again orcone for putting that together. If I can't figure out something I'll do what you explained!
P.S. - Sorry for all the images, though I'm sure this is common in the design thread right?
Edited by 17, 08 August 2011 - 10:18 AM.
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