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We're now on page 34 of your working file, the subject of the Interactive Fill tool and in our next lesson we'll look at the Eyedropper tool. Well, this is that lesson where you'll go, why didn't you show me this earlier rather than what you might call a bit of the old-fashioned way. If you recall, we created this brushed metal effect by selecting our object, F11 on a keyboard, we added all of these little color node points here and then you know created different color perspectives to create the effect we have here, the brushed metal effect.
Well there is another way that you will most likely think is easier. I teach everything because people do have favorite ways of doing things, so it's best you learn all the options. If we were to select the Interactive Fill tool, which you can see here, Interactive Fill or the letter G to select it, select our object, as you can see we have a line with a series of color wheels on it. And F11, if we compare that, all of these little color points here are the exact same as the color points there. The Interactive Fill tool allows you to move around and of course in real time, see the result.
We can select the color wheels, move them along and fine-tune the result however it is that we want it. Now I am going to fill this with a light gray, so solid light gray and start from scratch. So we select our object, come down, select the Interactive Fill tool, simply click and drag. You'll notice across the Property bar there are a number of options and make sure the appropriate option is selected first, or come back and select it after, it's up to you. We are by default in a Linear Fill Mode, however you could have selected an alternative or you can change it on the fly; it's that easy as you can see.
Okay let's go with Linear. To add the color wheels, it's quite simple. Simply double click and every time you double click, you add a little color wheel as you can see. Now, what I might do is to select, just click and you'll see the double line around that color wheel, I'll click on a gray there, select that one and I might get darker, select that one, no I think I'd go with the next one, make that darker and then go to this one here and make that darker. And look with very little effort it's just that you've got to think light, dark, light, dark and that's how we create the effect here.
See I could double click to remove a color wheel and spread the effect a little bit further so it's not quite so harsh. But I might want to look like I've got a highlight going through there, so I'll move this up here a little bit and may be that one is a little dark. So, click on here, bring out the little flyout and go with slightly lighter. How does that look? And that looks quite good, doesn't it? So you can see using the Interactive Fill tool is quite cool. Just stretch it out a little bit if you want to, you can move the positioning around, close it up and of course create any type of little effect that you want.
Okay, well that will be the first thing that I want you to do, when it's your turn is to make this a solid color and create your own brushed metal effect in there using the Interactive Fill tool. I am now going to show you how to create this button effect, and as you can see we're going to start to learn about depth of color highlights and how to create shape and form with a highlight or lighter areas and darker areas.
So to create this button or a light effect is quite simple. Select the Ellipse tool, finger on Ctrl to create a perfect ellipse. Now in my case it already is blue. And I am going to again select the Interactive Fill tool, but this time I am going to go with a Radial Fill. Now by default it applies the fill what is always the starting color, moving out toward the fill that the object already is. I'm simply going to drag this to that highlight point, close up the circle, so it's not too bold and then I am going to effect, I won't do that, I am going to move it down the bottom, pop it down the bottom there like that, there we go.
Now, Plus (+) on my keyboard to create a duplicate, shrink that down just a little. Now what do you think I'm going to do? The first thing I am going to do is make the outline a light gray, but what am I going to do now? You almost can see a bubbling or a highlighting effect there where you're getting a sense of depth, but watch this. Again, with my Interactive Fill tool, if I take the highlight and I pop it on the top over there, say about there, pull it back out a little bit.
Can you see the effect? We now have a sense of depth, don't we? If I shrink the middle one down a little bit, can you see how it kind of looks conical? The one behind looks conical; the one on top looks like it's raised. In fact if we remove the outline all together. Can you see the effect? Why? We see we've got a light color there in the bottom, next to a dark. Up the top we've got dark next to light and that creates these illusions. Because in reality, it's not really happening, is it? It is purely a light-based illusion, very easy to create and of course play with it.
Increase the size and decrease the size and you can get all sorts of interesting effects by simply using two Radial Fills. Well let me delete that, I'll pop that over there for inspiration. This button we have here is exactly the same. It is nothing more than using three rectangles, let's do it. I'll select the rectangle, click and drag, create my first rectangle and I'm going to give this an Interactive Fill from a dark gray through to a white.
So I click and drag. Finger on Ctrl by the way, also creates your 15 degree increments. So it helps you to pull a perfectly straight line, finger on Ctrl. Now all I need to do is pull, we'll drag a dark gray, pop it on the top there, bring this up a little bit, finger on Ctrl, just so -- and that's probably about right. Notice that little slider in there. When you're dealing with just two points, you can move the little slider and as you can see it kind of extends one or other of the colors, in this case it's extending the white, so it's fading a little further to the point of the line and then it quickly goes through to the darker, and you can go the other way if you want to.
In the middle I usually find it is the best option. Now, so there we've created our first rectangle. Plus (+) on the keyboard, now what I'll do is increase this out just a little. Finger on Ctrl and finger on Ctrl, it needs to go behind, so I Ctrl+Page Down. Now all I need to do is flip it the other way. So if I flip the other way, look at that. Isn't that impressive, what have I got? I've got two rectangles, that's all I've got.
In one, the fill is going in one direction, in the other the fill is going the other direction and you can create an effect like that. Give it a nice thick black outline, so we go with that 2 point, even a 3 point, and there we go, we've got our button effect. Place the number one on top, Shift+ Page Up and that's a button effect. Again, it's using these Interactive Fills, light versus dark and you get these great effects. Now finally and very simple one of course is what we did for the amplifier sound meters.
All I have are a number of rectangles. You select them, group them together, select your Interactive Fill tool, click and drag, finger on Ctrl to drag up straight and I'll select the top node or color wheel, make that red, select the bottom one, I'll make that green and I'll drag and drop, that's the other way of doing it, it should be in the color yellow, I wasn't thinking then, the color yellow into the middle. Right-click to remove the outline and there you go.
The Interactive Fill tool is really, really easy to use. So go ahead now, play with the four objects that I've got there for you to play with, create the little buttons, create this effect and that will help you to become used to it for our future design elements.
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