Illustrator CS5 One-on-One: Mastery
Illustration by John Hersey

Adding and editing perspective text


Illustrator CS5 One-on-One: Mastery

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Video: Adding and editing perspective text

In this exercise, we're going to introduce some text into our perspective scene. I have saved my progress as Ready for and it's found inside the 28_perspective folder. Now you can't create text in perspective, so that Type tool is not one of the perspective savvy tools in the program. However, after having created some text, you can drag it into the scene, just as you can drag a standard path outlined into a scene. And I will do that by the way by grabbing my Perspective Selection tool, which you can get by pressing Shift+V of course, and then make sure that your left-hand pane is selected here inside the widget, should appear blue.
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  1. 37m 22s
    1. Welcome
    2. Linking AI and EPS files to Illustrator
      6m 34s
    3. Installing the dekeKeys keyboard shortcuts
      7m 43s
    4. Remapping Mac OS shortcuts
      6m 56s
    5. Installing the Best Workflow color settings
      4m 56s
    6. The color settings explained
      7m 4s
    7. Preserve Numbers vs. embedded profiles
      3m 24s
  2. 1h 35m
    1. My favorite features in all of Illustrator
      1m 21s
    2. Introducing the Transform effect
      5m 30s
    3. Repeating the last effect you applied
      4m 52s
    4. Applying multiple passes of a single effect
      5m 21s
    5. The wonders of editing dynamic artwork
      7m 13s
    6. Applying effects inside effects
      5m 11s
    7. Assigning an effect to an entire layer
      5m 42s
    8. Building a complex bevel effect
      5m 44s
    9. Placing artwork as a Photoshop Smart Object
      4m 55s
    10. Editing that Smart Object in Illustrator
      4m 21s
    11. Rotating continuously overlapping objects
      5m 34s
    12. Adjusting a dynamic transformation origin
      6m 22s
    13. Vector vs. raster effects
      5m 46s
    14. Introducing the Scribble effect
      5m 23s
    15. Copying effects between layers
      4m 20s
    16. Introducing Graphic Styles
      6m 50s
    17. Controlling the Filter Gallery preview
      2m 28s
    18. Document Raster Effects Settings
      4m 31s
    19. Combining and saving styles
      4m 32s
  3. 1h 25m
    1. Airbrushing with points and handles
      1m 45s
    2. Introducing the gradient mesh
      6m 10s
    3. Working with the Mesh tool
      6m 12s
    4. Lifting colors from a tracing template
      5m 47s
    5. Finessing the colors of mesh points
      4m 17s
    6. Creating a mesh with the Mesh tool
      7m 19s
    7. Adding a gradient mesh to a circle
      4m 37s
    8. Adding a gradient mesh to a slender shape
      8m 7s
    9. Creating soft and sharp transitions
      6m 56s
    10. Converting a linear gradient to a mesh
      7m 29s
    11. Editing a linear gradient mesh
      5m 6s
    12. Converting a radial gradient to a mesh
      8m 19s
    13. Editing a radial gradient mesh
      8m 15s
    14. Creating credible cast shadows
      5m 32s
  4. 1h 15m
    1. The best of static and dynamic adjustments
    2. Adding wings to a horse in Photoshop
      6m 52s
    3. Introducing the Warp tool
      6m 29s
    4. Brush size, Detail, and Simplify
      8m 24s
    5. The Twirl, Pucker, and Bloat tools
      6m 13s
    6. The Scallop, Crystallize, and Wrinkle tools
      5m 55s
    7. Creating a mind-blowing custom starburst
      4m 29s
    8. Introducing Envelope Distort
      5m 21s
    9. Editing the contents of an envelope
      5m 20s
    10. Warping an envelope mesh
      5m 20s
    11. Liquifying the contents of an envelope
      7m 7s
    12. Creating and editing an envelope mesh
      7m 59s
    13. Blending an envelope into a background
      4m 35s
  5. 2h 1m
    1. Outlines along a path
      1m 13s
    2. Weaving a pattern throughout an illustration
      6m 24s
    3. Introducing the Brushes panel
      4m 21s
    4. Applying and editing a calligraphic brush
      8m 28s
    5. Applying and scaling art brushes
      6m 6s
    6. Applying and editing a scatter brush
      5m 29s
    7. Formatting and scaling brushed text
      5m 40s
    8. Editing the path outlines of an art brush
      6m 2s
    9. Replacing an existing art brush
      6m 46s
    10. Creating and refining an art brush
      8m 3s
    11. Tiling pattern vs. pattern brushes
      5m 12s
    12. Creating a pattern brush
      8m 20s
    13. Designing the perfect side pattern
      7m 1s
    14. Start, end, and corner tiles
      8m 58s
    15. Expanding and filling brush outlines
      6m 49s
    16. Text brushes vs. type on a path
      6m 55s
    17. Combining a text brush with the Width tool
      8m 43s
    18. Introducing the bristle brushes
      5m 43s
    19. Adjusting the hairs in a bristle brush
      5m 24s
  6. 1h 32m
    1. Charts can be beautiful
      1m 17s
    2. Adding a gradient mesh to a complex path
      8m 9s
    3. Importing and graphing data
      5m 22s
    4. Switching between the kinds of graphs
      6m 8s
    5. Changing the Graph Type settings
      8m 7s
    6. Correcting and editing data
      6m 51s
    7. Selecting and coloring graph elements
      6m 29s
    8. Making nuanced changes to a graph
      8m 6s
    9. The pitfalls of manual adjustments
      8m 45s
    10. Creating and applying graph designs
      6m 28s
    11. Making a basic pictograph
      6m 47s
    12. Assembling sliding graph designs
      8m 33s
    13. Making last-minute tweaks and edits
      5m 37s
    14. Composing and customizing a graph
      5m 44s
  7. 2h 6m
    1. Perspective is all about real life
      1m 44s
    2. Assembling an isometric projection
      8m 5s
    3. Introducing Illustrator's Perspective Grid
      6m 8s
    4. Drawing a basic perspective cube
      8m 1s
    5. One-point, two-point, and three-point perspective
      8m 25s
    6. Creating automatically scaling box labels
      4m 41s
    7. Setting up a Perspective Grid
      6m 45s
    8. Perspective Grid tips and tricks
      6m 39s
    9. Drawing and editing a perspective shape
      5m 20s
    10. Shifting between planes on the fly
      5m 24s
    11. Creating a freeform shape in perspective
      7m 8s
    12. Working with perspective symbols
      8m 57s
    13. Matching perspective with the Shear tool
      2m 50s
    14. Rendering an off-plane path in perspective
      5m 7s
    15. Replicating symbols in perspective
      8m 12s
    16. Mass-modifying perspective instances
      2m 56s
    17. Adding and editing perspective text
      5m 37s
    18. Duplicating perpendicular shapes
      7m 17s
    19. Adjusting multiple shapes on a single plane
      4m 48s
    20. Creating a perspective column
      9m 23s
    21. Duplicating a series of perspective paths
      3m 20s
  8. 1h 25m
    1. Just another dynamic effect
      1m 10s
    2. Introducing the 3D Revolve effect
      5m 1s
    3. The 3D Revolve settings
      7m 24s
    4. Fixing 3D rendering problems
      6m 32s
    5. Establishing symbols for 3D art
      6m 50s
    6. Mapping symbols onto 3D surfaces
      6m 14s
    7. Adjusting shading and light
      6m 25s
    8. Toning down 3D art in Photoshop
      5m 43s
    9. Adding a photographic texture
      7m 36s
    10. Converting from Illustrator paths to Photoshop masks
      4m 50s
    11. Making 3D droplets in Photoshop
      5m 58s
    12. Unifying textures with Smart Filters
      5m 48s
    13. Creating 3D type with Extrude & Bevel
      6m 44s
    14. Coloring and correcting extruded edges
      9m 15s
  9. 1h 3m
    1. Take action today, save effort tomorrow
    2. Introducing the Actions panel
      4m 16s
    3. Initiating a new action
      5m 33s
    4. Recording a practical action
      4m 56s
    5. Four ways to play an action
      4m 27s
    6. Streamlining by disabling dialog boxes
      5m 48s
    7. Editing an action set in a text editor
      7m 20s
    8. Inserting an unresponsive menu item
      6m 16s
    9. Match-processing a folder of files
      5m 42s
    10. Recording a transformation sequence
      6m 11s
    11. Editing and troubleshooting an action
      5m 6s
    12. Recording actions within actions
      7m 21s
  10. 1m 36s
    1. See Ya
      1m 36s

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In Illustrator CS5 One-on-One: Mastery, the third and final part of the comprehensive Illustrator One-on-One series, author and industry expert Deke McClelland shows how to take advantage of the wide array of dynamic effects in Illustrator CS5. Deke explores Illustrator’s powerful Gradient Mesh feature, great for creating photorealistic airbrushing effects. He also covers graphic styles, the liquify tools, envelope-style distortions, the new Bristle Brushes, 3D text, and perspective drawing. Exercise files accompany the course.

Topics include:
  • Working with dynamic effects
  • Placing artwork as a Photoshop Smart Object
  • Creating and editing a Gradient Mesh
  • Distorting artwork with an Envelope Mesh
  • Using the Calligraphic, Art, and Scatter Brushes
  • Creating an intricate Pattern Brush
  • Importing and graphing data
  • Creating a complex pictograph
  • Drawing and editing a perspective shape
  • Working with the new Perspective Grid tool
  • Using the 3D Revolve effect
  • Creating 3D type with Extrude & Bevel
  • Recording and playing automated actions
Deke McClelland

Adding and editing perspective text

In this exercise, we're going to introduce some text into our perspective scene. I have saved my progress as Ready for and it's found inside the 28_perspective folder. Now you can't create text in perspective, so that Type tool is not one of the perspective savvy tools in the program. However, after having created some text, you can drag it into the scene, just as you can drag a standard path outlined into a scene. And I will do that by the way by grabbing my Perspective Selection tool, which you can get by pressing Shift+V of course, and then make sure that your left-hand pane is selected here inside the widget, should appear blue.

Then go ahead and click on the text to select it, and I must have my selection edges still hidden. So I will press Ctrl+H, Command+H on a Mac to bring it back, and just go ahead and drag that text into the scene, like so. Now, it's going to look pretty scrawny at first, as you can see here and that's because it's getting a little bit lost in the shuffle. Also, we have all these anchor points over the place, which may lead you to believe and I would not blame you, that Illustrator has automatically without your permission converted the text to path outlines, and it's no longer editable text.

That's actually not the case, I don't know why Illustrator does this, I don't know why it freaks you out like this, but it does choose to, so fair enough. I am going to go ahead and nudge that text over a little bit, and tell you what, here is how we are going to edit the text, because it needs to be bigger I think and it needs to be meatier and we need to tighten the leading. Just go ahead and double-click on that text, in order to enter yet another isolation mode, and notice that your text appears selected and what's interesting here is your text still appears in perspective. So, unlike when you're editing a symbol, and you have no idea what you're doing and you are working totally blind, when you're modifying text in the isolation mode, you actually have a sense of what you're doing.

Isn't that awesome? It's like we're living in a 21st century or something. Anyway, I am going to bring up my Character panel, which I can get to by pressing Ctrl+C, Comamand+C on the Mac, I am working in Myriad Pro right now. I'm going to switch to Bold Condensed in order to get this effect here, and I am going to increase the Type size value to let's say 47. I could play around with the values if I wanted to, but I just happen to know 47 works. Now you may not believe me, because it doesn't seem to work very well out there in the Illustration window, but that's because our leading is way too big.

So I am going to take the Leading value down from Auto to 38, so that we are packing our text closer together, and then I will go ahead and hide the Character panel and press the Escape key a couple of times in order to leave the isolation mode. Now I've got to nudge my text over to the left, however, I just press the Left Arrow key a couple of times and I get this very disturbing warning. It says, the perspective object will be expanded in order to perform this operation. I'm so glad this alert message finally came up, because it's a zinger.

If you're trying to move scale or copy a perspective object, which I am, I am trying to nudge it actually. Please use the Perspective Selection tool if you would. Now what's happening here is, I without thinking, I don't know when I did this, but I switched to the Black Arrow tool. How did that happen? I don't know. I think Illustrator did it for me, because last I knew, I had the Perspective Selection tool active, but what it means is you're actually nudging the text out of the perspective grid. You're not really expanding it so this is not a traditional use of that term for Illustrator.

Expanding means that you're converting it to path outlines or possibly that you're removing it from the grid entirely which would make you think that you're restoring just flat text, but that's not what's happening at all. All you're doing is just nudging it out of perspective. Now what would be really super useful inside of this alert message here is a Cancel button, so that you could say, I didn't mean to do that, but instead, it's just okay. Thank you for letting me mess up my document. Now I'll go up to the Edit menu and choose Undo Move to put that text back and I press the Arrow key twice, so I just want to make sure I didn't goof up too much, and now it's just Undo.

So I think that's fine. That means that I would undo something that's not a move. So I'll just go ahead and escape out of there. Now I'll go ahead and grab my Perspective Selection tool, Shift+V of course, and now I'll try pressing the Left Arrow key and this time I don't get in trouble, and I also get some good results. So I nudged the text up a little bit as well, as you saw me do there. All right! You know what we need? We need a drop shadow. So I'm going to press Ctrl+H, Command+H on a Mac to hide the selection edges for a moment, and then I'll go up to the Effect menu and I could just choose the Drop Shadow command, because that's the last effect I applied, or I can mash my fist and press the E key in order to bring up the Drop Shadow dialog box.

In this time around, I want to go ahead and apply an X Offset value of 2 and a Y Offset value of 1 and a Blur of 2, Color should be black, Opacity 100%, mode is Multiply, you can go your own way of course, but this is what I came up with. Turn on the Preview check box, it looks like that. That's awesome! Click OK. So we now have text in perspective, and I can drag it all over the place and it remains in perspective, which I think is cool. You know I have to tell you, that this perspective drawing function inside of Illustrator is once cool and horrible, sometimes it's just rocking away and doing exactly what you want it to do and other times it's making you cry.

So just, you know be prepared for that experience. So there's my final effect. I am really taken in, I am going to go ahead and hide that Perspective Grid by clicking very precisely in that close box inside the widget, and then switching back to my Black Arrow tool and there you have it. In a next exercise, I will show you one of the strangest tricks in all of perspective drawing, and this one allows you to move an object in a perpendicular direction by pressing the 5 key.

Find answers to the most frequently asked questions about Illustrator CS5 One-on-One: Mastery .

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Q: The instructions for installing the dekeKeys don't work on my computer (which is running Mac OS X Lion). Is there an update to these?
A: The dekeKeys distributed with this course will still work for Lion. You just need to add them to a slightly different folder than in previous versions of OS X.

Open a new Finder window and choose Go > Go to Folder. Type the following file path exactly as written below. Copying and pasting may result in an error.

~/Library/Preferences/Adobe Illustrator CS5 Settings/en_US

Move and/or copy/paste the dekeKeys to this folder and follow the rest of the instructions as outlined in the video, "Installing the dekeKeys keyboard shortcuts."
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