Hello, let’s make a bridge in illustrator CS4. It was easy and basically just need a lot copy and paste though. So, let’s get started.
Make a rectangle path using marquee tool (M)
then using ellipse tool (L) make a big circle in the middle of it, then reposition it, until it looks like the image.
Activate both of them, select pathfinder (window>pathfinder or shift+ctrl+F9), click minus front.
copy and paste in front (ctrl+c then ctrl+f) the shape, then resize and recolor it, until it look like the image.
select direct selection tool (A) than click the smaller path then tweak the point, until it look like there are some dimension in it.
Then right click>arrange > send to back (ctrl+shift+[). Now the basic of the bridge is done.
next one is the stone, select the rounded rectangle tool…
just guess the size so it would fit your bridge. Remember don’t use stroke.
now activate the stone and select effect>stylize>drop shadow. Make the opacity 70%, x offset and y offset both into 2, don’t forget to activate preview to see does it look good enough.
Now, to the fun stuff, rearrange the stone in the bridge anyway you like…. Don’t forget to copy and paste the stone to multiply it.
now make another stone to make another variety, just do the same thing with the previous stone. Remember, if you have difficulties when you arrange the stone, press ctrl+2 or object>lock>selection.
this is my bridge now, still there is an overload stone everywhere.
So activate the base bridge, copy and paste in front (ctrl+c then ctrl+f) the shape, then bring it forward by right click >send to forward (ctrl+shift+])
activate the base bridge and the second stone, the right click>mask.
then click the masked stone and then right click> send backward (shift+[) until it look like this.
If you want to make it more realistic then select the first stone in the circle, copy paste, resize and recolor it.
send the stone into the back than select blend tool, click on the icon twice …
and in the spacing choose specified steps and 20 in the box beside it. Then select the first and the resized one to start blending it.
if you don’t want drop shadow in the back one, go into isolation mode in the back until in the appearance box (shift+F6) there is drop shadow effect, and you can delete it
Now you must have noticed, the first stone must be a little out of the line, then mask it again. If you use lock object, you must unlock it first with alt+ctrl+2. This is the final result.