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Illustrator CS6 One-on-One: Advanced

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Video: Adding reflective highlights with the Flare tool

In this movie we'll employ the obscure, but sometimes useful Flare tool, to create the reflections inside the shield. We'll go ahead and switch back to the beveled version of the shapes, and I'll click and hold on the Shape tool, and select the Flare tool from the end of the flyout menu. Next thing you want to do is drag from the upper-right ridge of the innermost red circle, down to just inside the star shape, like so. Now, you don't want to get too terribly carried away with following along with me exactly, because it's almost impossible to get the same effect twice with the Flare tool.

Adding reflective highlights with the Flare tool

In this movie we'll employ the obscure, but sometimes useful Flare tool, to create the reflections inside the shield. We'll go ahead and switch back to the beveled version of the shapes, and I'll click and hold on the Shape tool, and select the Flare tool from the end of the flyout menu. Next thing you want to do is drag from the upper-right ridge of the innermost red circle, down to just inside the star shape, like so. Now, you don't want to get too terribly carried away with following along with me exactly, because it's almost impossible to get the same effect twice with the Flare tool.

And just about any effect you're liable to create should look pretty good. Now, at this point the flare is selected, I just can't see the selection edges because I hid them. So I'll press Ctrl+H or Command+H on the Mac to bring them back. So you can see what we've got here is a series of three concentric circles in all, along with a bunch of straight lines emanating from the center. In order to add a few more circles, which is key to creating a Lens Flare Effect, you need to click at another location. And I'm going to click in the lower left region of the outermost circle, like so, in order to create an effect like this one here.

Now, if you're not totally satisfied with the effect, then you can edit it numerically while it's still selected by double- clicking on the Flare tool icon inside the toolbox, and that will bring up this dialog box with way too many numerical options. And I'm being slightly disparaging here, just because even though there are all these options, with this high degree of control over the selected object in the background, even if you enter the exact same values I have here-- so let's say I decide to take the diameter value down to 160 points, which reduces the size of the effect. And I leave all these other options set as you see them on screen. Even if you were to pause the video and make sure that every single one of your numerical settings was exactly the same as mine, you could end up achieving a very different effect than you see here on screen.

So again, don't worry about it too much, but you can fiddle around with these values if you want to. I'm going to click OK in order to accept my change. And then I'll press Ctrl+H or Command+H on the Mac in order to hide the selection edges so I can focus in on the effect. Now, I want to make sure that everything about the flare is serving as a highlight to the shapes and the back of it. So I'll bring up my Transparency panel, which you can get by choosing Transparency from the Window menu, and then I'll change the Blend mode from Normal to Color Dodge, which is going to create an over-the-top lightning effect as you see here. All right! So we need to blur this effect and we need to contain it and dim it down a little bit as well, and here is how we're going to do that.

So the first thing is with the object still selected, go up to the Effect menu, choose Blur, and then choose Gaussian Blur, which goes ahead and blurs all the selected shapes in both directions--that is inward and outward. I'm going to set the Radius to 3 pixels, and I'll turn on the Preview checkbox in order to see the effect. You may have to wait a moment or two for a progress bar, because you are blurring a bunch of shapes at the same time. But in the end you should end up with an effect something like this. Now go ahead and click OK in order to accept that change. Now, make sure that your new drawing layer is twirled opened inside the Layers panel, and then scroll down to the bottom of the list and meatball the bottom Red Path in order to select it.

Again, we can't see the selection edges, but the shape is selected. Now go up to the Edit menu and choose the Copy command or press Ctrl+C or Command+C on the Mac. Now scroll back up the list and meatball the Flare Object in order to select it, then return to the Edit menu and choose Paste in Front, or press Ctrl+F or Command+F on the Mac. And that will go ahead and paste that red outermost circle in front of the Flare effect. Now we want to clip the flare inside that circle, so go ahead and Shift+Meatball the Flare Object inside the Layers panel so both the top two objects are selected.

Then go to the Object menu, choose Clipping Mask, and choose Make. Or you can press Ctrl+7 or Command+7 on the Mac. That goes ahead and creates a Clipping Group inside the Layers panel, and it clips the contents of the flare inside of the larger circle, and it also gets rid of the red Fill that was previously assigned to the circle; which is just fine, because we don't need it. However, we do need to change that circle to something different. So go ahead and twirl the Clipping Group open inside the Layers panel once again, and then meatball the item called Clipping Path. It's truncate in my case, but that's what it's called.

And you can confirm that it's the right shape because its thumbnail appears as an empty circle. Now if you're working along with me, go up to the first swatch icon in the Control panel, click on it, and change it to cool gradient, which is a radial gradient that I've created in advance. Just to give you a sense of what it looks like, I'll switch to the Gradient panel, which you can get to also by choosing the Gradient command from the Window menu, and notice that it goes from white to a dark dim shade of blue that's defined by the CMYK values here; and its midpoint right there, that diamond, is set to a Location of 75%, as I can see by expanding the panel. All right! I'm going to go ahead and collapse it again though so I have more room to work.

And then I'm going to switch back to my Transparency panel and change the Blend mode from Normal to Multiply in order to achieve this effect. Now, I'd like to dim the effect further, especially inside the blue circle. So I'm going to scroll down my list inside the Layers panel until I see the blue circle. I'll go ahead and meatball it in order to select it, and then I'll press Ctrl+C or Command+C on the Mac in order to copy it. I'll go ahead and scroll back up the list, meatball the Clipping Group to select it, and then press Ctrl+F or Command+F on the Mac to paste that circle in front.

Finally, I'll click the Fill icon up here in the Control panel, change it to cool gradient once again, so we end up filling the shape with a radial gradient you see here. And then I'll switch back over to the Transparency panel, change the Blend mode to Multiply, and I'll reduce the Opacity value to 50%. And because I loaded dekeKeys, I can do that by pressing Shift+5. Now, I want to stress the Flare tool is a very random tool, so you're going to get a different effect every time. This time around I ended up achieving the effect you see here; previously I had achieved this effect instead.

So your effect is going to look different; but it should still look great, because great is what you get when you combine the Flare tool along with Gaussian Blur and Blend Modes, here inside Illustrator.

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Illustrator CS6 One-on-One: Advanced

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Deke McClelland
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  1. 43m 9s
    1. Welcome to One-on-One
      2m 9s
    2. Introducing my custom keyboard shortcuts
      6m 52s
    3. Installing my dekeKeys shortcuts on Windows
      4m 46s
    4. Installing my dekeKeys shortcuts on the Mac
      4m 18s
    5. Remapping your Macintosh OS shortcuts
      3m 10s
    6. Adjusting a few key Preferences settings
      8m 13s
    7. Understanding the color-managed workflow
      6m 51s
    8. Establishing the optimal Color Settings
      6m 50s
  2. 1h 11m
    1. Illustrator's oldest dynamic functions
      1m 28s
    2. Creating a multicolor blend
      7m 12s
    3. Establishing a clipping mask
      5m 40s
    4. Reinstating the colors of a clipping path
      8m 1s
    5. Editing individual blended paths
      4m 44s
    6. Adjusting the number of steps in a blend
      7m 15s
    7. Fixing problems with the Blend tool
      4m 2s
    8. Blending different levels of opacity
      4m 45s
    9. Editing the spine of a blend
      5m 3s
    10. Adding a custom spine to any blend
      5m 5s
    11. Advanced blending and masking techniques
      6m 18s
    12. Blending between entire groups
      3m 2s
    13. Adjusting the speed of a blend
      3m 21s
    14. Rotating objects in 3D space
      5m 36s
  3. 1h 0m
    1. Illustrator's logo-making features
      1m 8s
    2. Customizing a single character of type
      5m 25s
    3. Combining a letterform with a path outline
      7m 48s
    4. Creating logo type along an open path
      5m 3s
    5. Creating logo type around a closed circle
      3m 57s
    6. Vertical alignment, orientation, and spacing
      4m 55s
    7. Warping logo type around a circle
      6m 56s
    8. Creating a classic neon type effect
      5m 39s
    9. Adding random neon brightness fluctuations
      5m 19s
    10. Creating neon "block outs" between letters
      7m 44s
    11. Adding neon blur and bokeh in Photoshop
      6m 16s
  4. 46m 19s
    1. Generating colors using harmony rules
      1m 31s
    2. Introducing the Color Guide panel
      5m 16s
    3. The 23 color harmony rules, diagrammed
      8m 16s
    4. Mixing and matching color harmonies
      5m 59s
    5. Color groups and custom harmony rules
      6m 18s
    6. Working in the Edit Colors dialog box
      7m 4s
    7. Expanding on an existing harmony rule
      6m 51s
    8. Constraining colors to a predefined library
      5m 4s
  5. 32m 44s
    1. Changing lots of colors all at once
      1m 2s
    2. Introducing the Recolor Artwork command
      4m 58s
    3. Recoloring with the help of swatch groups
      4m 35s
    4. Changing the color-assignment order
      6m 44s
    5. Reducing the number of colors in your art
      5m 7s
    6. Applying tints and shades of a single swatch
      5m 37s
    7. Recoloring artwork that contains gradients
      4m 41s
  6. 1h 15m
    1. Painting with path outlines
      1m 24s
    2. Introducing the Brushes panel
      4m 25s
    3. Applying and editing a calligraphic brush
      7m 34s
    4. Applying and scaling an art brush
      6m 12s
    5. Applying and editing a scatter brush
      5m 31s
    6. Formatting and scaling brushed text
      5m 45s
    7. Designing a custom art brush
      7m 35s
    8. Creating (or replacing) an art brush
      6m 42s
    9. Refining a brush to fit ends and corners
      4m 11s
    10. Expanding, filling, and stroking a brush
      7m 4s
    11. Type on a path vs. text as an art brush
      7m 3s
    12. Distorting text with the Width tool
      8m 49s
    13. Infusing your artwork with a tile pattern
      3m 13s
  7. 58m 24s
    1. The many forms of transparency
      1m 38s
    2. Creating translucency with the Opacity value
      4m 21s
    3. Darken, Multiply, and Color Burn
      6m 15s
    4. Lighten, Screen, and Color Dodge
      5m 8s
    5. Overlay, Soft Light, Hard Light, Difference, and Exclusion
      4m 59s
    6. Hue, Saturation, Color, and Luminosity
      5m 12s
    7. Combining the effects of multiple blend modes
      6m 42s
    8. Isolating blending and Knockout Group
      7m 37s
    9. Combining blend modes with dynamic effects
      7m 25s
    10. Exporting transparency from Illustrator
      9m 7s
  8. 1h 39m
    1. The Layers panel for dynamic attributes
      1m 4s
    2. Applying attributes in the Appearance panel
      6m 15s
    3. Creating depth using translucent strokes
      5m 37s
    4. Adding, layering, and offsetting strokes
      6m 12s
    5. Duplicating entire groups of attributes
      7m 55s
    6. Turning stacked strokes into editable paths
      5m 43s
    7. Simplifying a multi-stroke effect
      6m 31s
    8. Applying the Convert to Shape effect
      7m 47s
    9. Adding aligned patterns and shadows
      8m 16s
    10. Drawing with arrowheads and angled strokes
      8m 49s
    11. Employing overlapping gradient strokes
      8m 25s
    12. Drawing circular stroke elements
      10m 13s
    13. Outlining an entire multi-stroke effect
      8m 39s
    14. Creating seamless wood grain in Photoshop
      8m 11s
  9. 1h 12m
    1. The best features in Illustrator
      1m 38s
    2. Repeating a series of transformations
      6m 18s
    3. Adjusting and updating a dynamic effect
      6m 37s
    4. Applying a stroke to an entire layer
      6m 24s
    5. Improving the performance of drop shadows
      5m 40s
    6. Applying a single effect multiple times
      6m 10s
    7. Creating an intricate Spirograph pattern
      7m 10s
    8. Adding scalloped edges with Pucker & Bloat
      4m 40s
    9. Applying a dynamic Pathfinder to a layer
      3m 56s
    10. Creating beveled ornaments
      6m 50s
    11. Creating a sculptural type effect
      5m 59s
    12. Subtracting editable text from a path
      7m 6s
    13. Editing text inside a dynamic effect
      4m 25s
  10. 27m 40s
    1. Never remember anything again, ever
      1m 41s
    2. The pixel-based Effect Gallery
      3m 53s
    3. Copying effects from one layer to another
      4m 44s
    4. Introducing the Graphic Styles panel
      4m 11s
    5. Correcting previews in the Effect Gallery
      4m 36s
    6. Adjusting the resolution of your effects
      4m 0s
    7. Combining and saving graphic styles
      4m 35s
  11. 1h 13m
    1. Two powerful graphics programs combine forces
      1m 5s
    2. Creating a perfectly centered star shape
      6m 52s
    3. Precisely scaling concentric circles
      7m 47s
    4. Adding reflective highlights with the Flare tool
      6m 23s
    5. Two ways to rasterize vector art for Photoshop
      7m 37s
    6. Importing vector art as a Smart Object
      6m 47s
    7. Creating a lens flare effect in Photoshop
      7m 56s
    8. Photographic texture and brushed highlights
      6m 26s
    9. Modifying a vector Smart Object in Illustrator
      6m 33s
    10. Converting Illustrator paths to shape layers
      6m 27s
    11. Assign layer effects to native shape layers
      5m 55s
    12. Completing a work of photorealistic art
      3m 46s
  12. 1m 5s
    1. Until next time
      1m 5s

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