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In Illustrator CS5 One-on-One: Advanced, author and industry expert Deke McClelland teaches how to take advantage of the wide array of dynamic features in Illustrator CS5. This course demonstrates how to apply these features to paths, groups, and editable text to create professional-quality artwork. The course covers Live Trace, Live Paint, and Live Color, as well as symbols, gradients, exporting, and integration with Photoshop. Exercise files accompany the course.
I've saved my modifications as Monochromatic effect.ai found inside the 21_photoshop folder and in this exercise, I am going to show you how to place this image inside of a clipping mask and I will also show you have add a page curl effect. We are actually going to create a double image effect this time. So we will end up with two copies of the image, one sitting on top of the other and we'll see how efficiently Illustrator handles that as long as we're working with a linked graphic. So I am going to start things off by going to the layers panel, twirling open top story, that top story layer, scrolling all the way to the bottom of the stack and I am going to meatball Spanishtown dinosaurs.
Its name is truncated, but that's because the layers panel is too narrow to accommodate the entire thing. But that's what it's called. I will go ahead and meatball it in order to select it. Then I will go up to the Edit menu and I'll choose the Copy command or you can press Ctrl+C, Command+C on the Mac. Now something to note here. You're not copying the pixels by the way. So if we were in Photoshop we copied the entire image and we had export clipboard turned on, not sure if you're familiar with all the stuff, but then if you were to switch to a different application, it would take a while for the contents of the clipboard to be conveyed to the operating system and then to the other application, because it would be ginormous.
You would have all these pixels that were getting copied. In the case of Illustrator, because this is a linked graphic, all you're doing is copying the link information which is just a few lines of code. So it's very efficient, Ctrl+C, Command+C on a Mac. Now I am going to go ahead and turn off Spanishtown dinosaurs by clicking its eyeball, and I am going to turn on this thing that's called curl container and this is the mask that I want to paste the graphic inside of. So I am going to the click on this path outline in order to select it. Now there is a few different ways a great clipping masks. We've seen them over time.
You could select one object, Shift+Select the other object, and then go up to the Object menu, choose Clipping Mask and choose Make. That works, but then we would lose our attributes. I would loose the stroke that I had assigned here. So I am not inclined to go that route. By the way, I am going to turn the image back on for a moment and meatball it. You might also figure that you can click on this Mask button up here in the Control panel, but as soon as you select the mask itself by Shift+clicking it, the Mask button goes away. So you can't really use the Mask button to mask things and that might seem crazy, but here's what it's for.
The idea is that you select the image and then you turn on mask and then you can stroke the clipping mask. So it just creates a rectangular mask and then you can stroke it. So that's why it exists, but, of course, I showed you a better way to do that in a previous exercise. So you don't need that button. Anyway, here's what you do want to do. Turn off the image, go ahead and meatball curl container right there, or click on its path outline in illustration window. The option I'm looking for is way at the bottom of the toolbox. So I've got to expand my toolbox, like so. So I have a double column toolbox and it's this guy right there, Drawn Inside.
You'll see this dotted boundary around the corners and then you go up to the Edit menu and you choose Paste in Place, they are new command inside CS5, and that goes ahead and pastes the image into the container so that we automatically have this masked damage. Now I am going to switch back out to the Drawn Normal mode and I am going to return to my single column toolbox. Then I am going to restore the Blend mode to Normal, but I've got to get to the image in order to do that, because if I go up to the Opacity value, well, no, look at that. It says Luminosity.
Let's try switching it back to Normal. That worked. Awesome! I didn't think that was going to work. I thought we are going to have to twirl this open and select the image independently, but apparently, it's already independently selected. That's why it worked, because we pasted inside. We now have this image placed inside of this container. That's awesome. Next what I am going to do is I am going to turn on this page curl. This page curl graphic, by the way, is something that I've created in advance for you. It's pretty simple. It's just is three segment shape here with two straight segments and one curving one.
It matches, of course, the angle of the clipping mask. Then I've gone ahead and filled this image with a gradient. So if you want to check that out, you switch to the Fill, expand your Gradient panel like so, and you can see that it's a linear gradient with a few different color-stops assigned. A little blue infused into the dark colors by the way. Then finally, I went ahead with the Gradient tool and set that gradient to a more or less perpendicular angle as you're seeing right there. Finally, if I go over to the Appearance panel, you'll see I added a drop shadow.
If you wanted check out the drop shadow I assigned, click on it. It's pretty big by the way. The X and Y Offset values are 10 points. The Blur value is 24 point. So a lot of blur assigned, and 100% Opacity, cancel out of there because that's just fine. Finally, I want you to see if I go to the Effect menu and choose Document Raster Effects Settings, because that affects the resolution at which the drop shadow renders, you'll see that I set it to Medium, which I cannot recommend enough. When you're just working with drop shadows inside of an illustration, even if you intend to go to press with this document, Medium is going to work just fine for you.
Anyway, I'm going to cancel out and it also makes the program run a lot more efficiently, especially when you start building up a lot of drop shadows. Anyway, that's it. You can take this page curl and use in your own graphics to your heart's content; that's why I am giving it you. Finally, I am going to switch back to the layers panel. I'm going to go ahead and collapse the Gradient panel and I am going to scroll down the list and turned back on that Spanishtown dinosaurs image that I had hidden previously and I am going to meatball it to make active, and I'm to reduce its Opacity. The Blend mode is already set to Luminosity still.
So we're just blending the luminance information with that background blue color, but I'm to reduce the Opacity value to something like 25%, which is really going to lighten up and we are not going to see too much in the way of detail anymore there, but it creates a pretty nice effect. Now the interesting thing here is we have two versions of the image. If I were to meatball that image was again, and go up to the Linked File option here in the Control panel, and click on it, you'll see two links. They're both linked to the exact same image file. So you would only need to bring one image file with you to the commercial printer.
Then check this out. I am going to switch to the Bridge by clicking on the Go to Bridge icon and here inside the 21_photoshop folder, I've gone ahead and saved this version of the file, the one we were just looking at is Unlikely dinosaur story.ai. I want you to see something. There is the Image in front file 20.22 MB. There is the Unlikely dinosaur file with a lot of additional stuff going on in it including two versions of the placed image 20.42 MB. So it's just couple hundred K larger as opposed to a single version of the image embedded is like 27 MB larger.
So remember linked graphics are your pals. They're going to keep your illustration running effectively and efficiently and you're going to get small file sizes to boot and that is how you use placed images inside Illustrator.
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