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Drawing Snowflakes

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Drawing snowflakes is so simple I feel a little embarrassed putting out a book full of them. (I'm sure I'll get over it.) You remember the snowflakes we used to make as children, by cutting notches out of folded paper? Well it's as simple as that, but done on your computer.

The one thing you do need is a drawing program that will let you use layers. It also helps to have a template to work from, so I've put one here for you to download, or just copy the first image below.

Open your drawing program and start a new image, then add the template in a new layer.

Add another layer to draw on. Now draw just one segment of your snowflake. You can use all straight lines if that is easier.

Copy and paste the layer you have just drawn into a new layer, and mirror it to make the other half of the snowflake's arm. Move it to fit neatly into the segment next to the first one. Tidy up any overlapping lines, and then merge the two drawing layers.

Copy the layer and rotate the arm of the snowflake to fit into the next two segments. The rotation should be 60 degrees, if your program will let you do it that way.

Copy the first layer again and rotate the arm of the snowflake in the other direction to fit into the next two segments. The rotation should be -60 degrees. Clean up any overlapping edges before merging all three segments.

Copy the new combined layer and rotate it by 180 degrees, or flip it vertically, to make the other half of your snowflake.

Remove the template layer, and the snowflake is finished.

Snowflakes book


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