Illustrator CS6 One-on-One: Advanced
Illustration by Richard Downs

Illustrator CS6 One-on-One: Advanced

with Deke McClelland

Video: Adding scalloped edges with Pucker & Bloat

In this movie we are going to create this larger circle around our existing one. And we are going to add these scalloped edges using 'Pucker & Bloat'. I am going to switch over to my document in progress and click on the circle to select it. And then here inside the Appearance panel, I will select the Bottom Fill, and I'll change its color to black. And then I'll go ahead and scale this circle as well. And I'm just getting use my keyboard shortcut that's included with dekeKeys, which is Ctrl+E or Command+E on the Mac to bring up the Transform Effect Dialog box. I am going to change both of the Scale values to 130%, turn on the Preview checkbox, and you can see that that increases the size of the circle. And then I'll click OK.
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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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Watch the Online Video Course Illustrator CS6 One-on-One: Advanced
11h 2m Advanced Dec 13, 2012

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This course is the third in a four-part series devoted to mastering the premiere graphics creation application, Adobe Illustrator, version CS6. Industry pro Deke McClelland takes a project-based learning approach to the key features in Illustrator, including Recolor Artwork, transparency, masks, blend modes, strokes and fills, and dynamic effects. The course also covers techniques for creating custom gradients, designing logos, generating photorealistic neon text, and wrapping type around objects. Plus, Deke shows how to call up the most essential features by organizing your workspace and employing time-saving keyboard shortcuts, how to manage the color settings, and how to adjust a few settings to make the program work even better.

Topics include:
  • Installing dekeKeys, Deke's free custom keyboard shortcuts
  • Understanding the color-managed workflow
  • Creating a multicolor blend
  • Establishing a clipping mask
  • Blending different levels of opacity
  • Combining a letterform with a path outline
  • Warping logo type around a circle
  • Adding neon blur and bokeh in Photoshop
  • Mixing and matching color harmonies
  • Recoloring artwork
  • Working with the Calligraphic, Scatter, and Art Brushes
  • Creating translucency
  • Editing attributes in the Appearance panel
  • Adjusting and updating dynamic effects
Subject:
Design
Software:
Illustrator
Author:
Deke McClelland

Adding scalloped edges with Pucker & Bloat

In this movie we are going to create this larger circle around our existing one. And we are going to add these scalloped edges using 'Pucker & Bloat'. I am going to switch over to my document in progress and click on the circle to select it. And then here inside the Appearance panel, I will select the Bottom Fill, and I'll change its color to black. And then I'll go ahead and scale this circle as well. And I'm just getting use my keyboard shortcut that's included with dekeKeys, which is Ctrl+E or Command+E on the Mac to bring up the Transform Effect Dialog box. I am going to change both of the Scale values to 130%, turn on the Preview checkbox, and you can see that that increases the size of the circle. And then I'll click OK.

All right, the next step is to go the Effect' menu, choose Distort & Transform, and then choose Pucker & Bloat. And that will go ahead and bring up this Pucker & Bloat Dialog Box. Turn on the Preview checkbox so you can see what you are doing, and notice if you apply a positive value, you're going to bloat the shapes in this case, because we are working with the circle, we are going to create a kind of shamrock shape at some point like so. And then if you apply negative value, you are going to pucker and you can end up creating these kind of curving star shapes.

I am going to go for right now with a Pucker Value of -10, just to get things started. And then I'll click OK. Now notice that you end up getting one Pucker for each Anchor Point. We want more Puckers, so we want more Anchor Points. And you can achieve more Anchor Points by going up to the Object menu, choosing Path, and then choosing Add Anchor Points. And if you loaded dekeKeys, I give you a keyboard shortcut of Ctrl+Shift+Alt+A or Command+Shift+Option+A on the Mac, which I am going to take advantage of because that doesn't quite do the trick there.

That's better of course, but I need more points still. So I am going to press Ctrl+Shift+Alt+A or Command+Shift+Option+A on the Mac in order to once again double the number of Anchor Points. So I am now looking at 16 points around the shape, and then if I press Ctrl+Shift+Alt+A or Command+Shift+Option+A to apply add anchor points a 3rd time, then I'll end up with a total of 32 Anchor Points, which works out beautifully. All right, I don't want actually see this scalloping, so I want to cover-up this fill with white one. And I'll do that by making sure the black fill is selected and then I'll just go ahead and click on the little page icon at the bottom of the panel to duplicate it, and I will change the color to white. And that ends up covering up the scalloping, which is not what I want, so I will go ahead and twirl the Fill open.

I still want that Transform Effect, but I don't want Pucker & Bloat, so I'll select it and then I'll click on the Trash icon in order to get rid of it. And now I want to go ahead and create a Stroke around that Fill. So I'll click the Fill to make it active, and then I'll click on the Add New Stroke icon in the bottom-left corner of the panel. A Line Weight of 4 pt. is exactly what I want, but I do want to transform it, so I'll go ahead and scroll down the list here, click on the word Transform that's applied to the black fill, and then go ahead and Alt+ Drag or Option+Drag it on to the stroke. And you end up with this effect here, which helps me see that my scallops are too small and they are too spiky.

So I'm going to click on the Transform that's applied to the black fill and I'll take both the Horizontal and Vertical values up to 132%. Turn on the Preview checkbox and you can see that moves some outward, and then I'll click OK. And now I'll click on Pucker & Bloat in order to bring up this dialog box. Make sure Preview is turned on and then press the Up Arrow Key in order to raise that value; and I like the effect I achieved at about -6%. Then click OK to apply that change.

And then finally, I want to round off these points a little bit. You can't do that using the Around Corners Effect, because all that's going to do is try to round off your circle, which isn't going to serve any purpose whatsoever since it's the rounded shape that it is. So instead, we're going to apply the equivalent of a stroke with a round joint. And the easiest way to do that is to go to the Effect menu, choose Path and then choose Offset Path. And notice if you turn on the Preview checkbox with the default Offset value of 10 pt., you end up increasing the size of the spikes quite dramatically.

I will go and switch the joints to round, so you can see just how much round is that ends up applying, which of course is way too much and we don't want these big blobby scallops anyway. So I am going to take the Offset value down to 1, and then press the Tab key, and I end up with this much better effect here. Then click OK in order to apply that effect. And that's how you create scalloped edges, specifically around the perimeter of a round shape like a circle, using a combination of Transform, Offset Path, and Pucker & Bloat.

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