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Adding a gradient mesh to a circle

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Video: Adding a gradient mesh to a circle

I've saved my progress as Rear circles. ai, so-called because we're now going to get to work on these two circles that are at the back of the pepper shapes. And circles are actually some of the easiest things to mesh inside of Illustrator, because basically just imagine that you're taking a globe and you're adding latitude and longitude lines and that's it. That's what's going on with gradient mesh inside circles. So let me show you how it works. I'm going to go back to my layers panel, twirl open that mesh peppers layer, and I'm going to lock down a couple of things.

Adding a gradient mesh to a circle

I've saved my progress as Rear circles. ai, so-called because we're now going to get to work on these two circles that are at the back of the pepper shapes. And circles are actually some of the easiest things to mesh inside of Illustrator, because basically just imagine that you're taking a globe and you're adding latitude and longitude lines and that's it. That's what's going on with gradient mesh inside circles. So let me show you how it works. I'm going to go back to my layers panel, twirl open that mesh peppers layer, and I'm going to lock down a couple of things.

I'm going to lock down that stem after all, because otherwise we're not going to be able to get to that circle that's currently selected there. And then I'm also going to lock down the mesh that's midway down. So basically the first four shapes are now locked. All right! I've got the rearmost circle selected right now, so I might as well begin work on it. I'm going to click near the top right there in order to just create a vertical line right down the center of the shape, and that would be my first longitude line, if you will. And then I'll click right there and a little farther over, like so, in order to set a couple of other longitude lines.

Now let's take care of the latitude lines by clicking very close to the top, because that's going to be a little sort of highlight ledge right there and then just a little farther down for the shadow. And now go ahead and press the Ctrl key or the Command key on a Mac, which in my case is giving me the Black Arrow tool, because that's the last Arrow tool I used. And I'll click right about there and then just a little bit right of center and then finally at this location here. And then I'll click very close to the top to add the latitude line and just a little farther down to add another one.

If this was the globe, we're really focusing our attention on the North Pole. Now, I'm going to grab my White Arrow tool and I'm going to click and Shift+Click along these three points in order to make them active. And if you can't select them, if you're having problems, go ahead and zoom in. And then I'll go ahead and press the I key to get my Eyedropper and Shift+Click in some region of highlight. And that didn't work for me, because my stroke is active. So I'll switch to the fill and then I'll Shift+Click again in order to make that highlight appear. And I'm going to raise my Brightness value to just about its maximum there and then I'm going to take the saturation value down a little bit, so that it's not quite so oversaturated.

Actually, let's back off of the Brightness just a little bit as well. Then I'll Ctrl+Click on the background shape there, the big background circle, and Ctrl+Click. Oh, I missed it! Okay, so let's try again. Ctrl+Click, I missed it again. That's a real pain in the neck. So I guess I'll just go ahead and switch to the White Arrow tool to make it active. Click here to see if that helps. Shift+Click and then Shift+Click. That time I got the points. And now I'll go ahead and press the I key to return to the Eyedropper and Shift+Click in some other region of highlight right there.

Maybe increase that brightness value a little bit. The saturation value looks fine to me. Finally, what we need to do, because that's really about all we need to do to the circles. You could go after this forward circle here and you can grab your White Arrow tool again and click and Shift+Click in these points, these three points in that lower latitude line, and you could darken them up a little bit if you wanted to. I won't go too far with the darkening effect. You might just add a little bit of darkness, but it might help with the volumetric form, because we really do want to make it look like a lobe that's rising up and catching the highlight in the background. All right! Now, I'll grab my Black Arrow tool and I'll just go ahead and marquee these two shapes, because after all that guy didn't get selected. Don't know why.

But anyway, I'll go ahead and Shift+ Click on it, but I want to select both of those circles, because after all they both need strokes. So I'll switch to my Appearance panel. Make sure mesh is active, it is, drop down to the lower left icon, Add New Stroke, click on it, or press that keyboard shortcut, Ctrl+Alt+Slash, Command+Option+Slash on the Mac. And we end up with this effect right here. So everything is looking pretty darn good, I would say, where the red fruity portion of the pepper is concerned. Now we've got to take on the stem and a stem presents a special challenge, because unlike the other paths that we've seen so far, it hooks around on itself, which means that this trunk right here starts off being a vertical element at least in so far as gradient mesh is concerned.

Illustrator is going to read it that way. So Illustrator is going to want to trace a bunch of row lines around it, but once we get toward the top of the stem, it all of a sudden becomes a horizontal element, which means that Illustrator is going to want to trace columns around it and then it twists back into something of a vertical element. And as you'll see that presents a very, very interesting challenge that we'll get to in the very next exercise.

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Illustrator CS5 One-on-One: Mastery

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  1. 37m 22s
    1. Welcome
      45s
    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
      58s
    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
      33s
    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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