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Illustrator CS6 Essential Training
Illustration by John Hersey

Adjusting appearance with live effects


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Illustrator CS6 Essential Training

with Justin Seeley

Video: Adjusting appearance with live effects

Another great way to change the appearance of objects that you create is to utilize Illustrator's Effects, and in this movie, I'll be exploring ways that you can apply these effects to change the look and feel of the artwork that you create. The first thing you have to do is target an object on screen. In order to do that, just grab your Selection tool, and click an object. In this case, I'll select this form field right here. I am also going to make sure that I'm working on the fill, because I might make some changes to it down the road. In order to start making effects, you have to first target an object, like I said, and then go up to the Effect menu, and find the effects that you want.
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  1. 1m 15s
    1. What is Illustrator?
      1m 15s
  2. 2m 17s
    1. Welcome
      58s
    2. Using the exercise files
      1m 19s
  3. 41m 25s
    1. Understanding vector graphics
      5m 0s
    2. Setting preferences
      9m 24s
    3. Touring the interface
      9m 41s
    4. Exploring the panels
      6m 54s
    5. Working with the Control panel
      4m 25s
    6. Creating and saving workspaces
      6m 1s
  4. 43m 42s
    1. Creating files for print
      4m 42s
    2. Creating files for the web
      3m 36s
    3. Managing multiple documents
      3m 25s
    4. Navigating within a document
      5m 21s
    5. Using rulers, guides, and grids
      6m 59s
    6. Changing units of measurement
      1m 50s
    7. Using preview modes
      3m 10s
    8. Creating and using custom views
      3m 12s
    9. Locking and hiding artwork
      3m 43s
    10. Creating and using artboards
      7m 44s
  5. 1h 1m
    1. Setting your selection preferences
      5m 57s
    2. Using the Direct Selection and Group Selection tools
      4m 6s
    3. Using the Magic Wand tool
      5m 45s
    4. Using the Lasso tool
      4m 9s
    5. Selecting objects by attribute
      6m 48s
    6. Grouping objects
      3m 7s
    7. Using isolation mode
      4m 48s
    8. Resizing your artwork
      3m 55s
    9. Rotating objects
      2m 10s
    10. Distorting and transforming objects
      6m 26s
    11. Repeating transformations
      5m 6s
    12. Reflecting and skewing objects
      4m 54s
    13. Aligning and distributing objects
      4m 38s
  6. 29m 27s
    1. RGB vs. CMYK
      1m 46s
    2. Adjusting Illustrator color settings
      5m 10s
    3. Process vs. global swatches
      5m 6s
    4. Creating spot colors
      3m 40s
    5. Using the swatch groups
      2m 33s
    6. Working with color libraries
      3m 17s
    7. Importing swatches
      4m 4s
    8. Using the Color Guide panel
      3m 51s
  7. 57m 36s
    1. Understanding fills and strokes
      4m 18s
    2. Working with fills
      4m 58s
    3. Working with strokes
      8m 46s
    4. Creating dashes and arrows
      8m 1s
    5. Creating variable-width strokes
      4m 3s
    6. Using width profiles
      3m 31s
    7. Outlining strokes
      3m 51s
    8. Creating and editing gradients
      5m 45s
    9. Applying gradients to strokes
      3m 8s
    10. Applying and editing pattern fills
      4m 52s
    11. Creating your own pattern fill
      6m 23s
  8. 20m 20s
    1. Understanding paths
      2m 41s
    2. Understanding anchor points
      4m 20s
    3. Working with open and closed paths
      5m 28s
    4. Joining and averaging paths
      4m 9s
    5. Using the Scissors tool and the Knife tool
      3m 42s
  9. 37m 56s
    1. Understanding drawing modes
      4m 23s
    2. Creating compound paths
      5m 15s
    3. Creating compound shapes
      4m 11s
    4. Working with the Shape Builder tool
      6m 32s
    5. Working with the Blob Brush and Eraser tools
      5m 26s
    6. Working with the Paintbrush and Pencil tools
      7m 8s
    7. Smoothing and erasing paths
      5m 1s
  10. 35m 53s
    1. Exploring the Pen tool
      2m 39s
    2. Drawing straight lines
      5m 12s
    3. Drawing simple curves
      5m 23s
    4. Understanding the many faces of the Pen tool
      6m 10s
    5. Converting corners and curves
      1m 46s
    6. Your keyboard is your friend
      2m 14s
    7. Tracing artwork with the Pen tool
      12m 29s
  11. 35m 33s
    1. Adjusting your type settings
      4m 10s
    2. Creating point and area text
      3m 36s
    3. Basic text editing
      2m 14s
    4. Creating threaded text
      4m 59s
    5. Using the type panels
      9m 48s
    6. Creating text on a path
      5m 11s
    7. Converting text into paths
      1m 43s
    8. Saving time with keyboard shortcuts
      3m 52s
  12. 27m 25s
    1. Exploring the Appearance panel
      4m 44s
    2. Explaining attribute stacking order
      1m 40s
    3. Applying multiple fills
      3m 1s
    4. Applying multiple strokes
      4m 20s
    5. Adjusting appearance with live effects
      4m 46s
    6. Saving appearances as graphic styles
      8m 54s
  13. 20m 44s
    1. Exploring the Layers panel
      4m 18s
    2. Creating and editing layers
      3m 27s
    3. Targeting objects in the Layers panel
      3m 3s
    4. Working with sublayers
      3m 0s
    5. Hiding, locking, and deleting layers
      4m 14s
    6. Using the Layers panel menu
      2m 42s
  14. 46m 0s
    1. Placing images into Illustrator
      2m 53s
    2. Working with the Links panel
      6m 5s
    3. Embedding images into Illustrator
      3m 12s
    4. Cropping images with a mask
      5m 8s
    5. Exploring the Image Trace panel
      12m 14s
    6. Tracing photographs
      8m 6s
    7. Tracing line art
      4m 33s
    8. Converting pixels to paths
      3m 49s
  15. 19m 21s
    1. What are symbols?
      2m 45s
    2. Using prebuilt symbols
      3m 3s
    3. Using the Symbol Sprayer tool
      4m 19s
    4. Creating new symbols
      3m 50s
    5. Breaking the symbol link
      3m 19s
    6. Redefining symbols
      2m 5s
  16. 12m 9s
    1. Defining a perspective grid
      4m 29s
    2. Drawing artwork in perspective
      3m 49s
    3. Applying artwork to the grid
      3m 51s
  17. 35m 7s
    1. Printing your artwork
      6m 16s
    2. Saving your artwork
      2m 2s
    3. Saving in legacy formats
      3m 0s
    4. Saving templates
      4m 18s
    5. Creating PDF files
      5m 23s
    6. Saving for the web
      4m 46s
    7. Creating high-res bitmap images
      3m 58s
    8. Using Illustrator files in Photoshop and InDesign
      5m 24s
  18. 56s
    1. Next steps
      56s

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Illustrator CS6 Essential Training
8h 48m Beginner May 07, 2012

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Adobe Illustrator can be used to accomplish many different design tasks, from illustration to app development. This course demonstrates core concepts and techniques that can be applied to any workflow—for print, the web, or building assets that will find their way into other applications. Author Justin Seeley explains the elements that make up vector graphics (paths, strokes, and fills) while showing how to use each of the drawing tools, and demonstrates how to combine and clean up paths and organize them into groups and layers. The course also covers text editing, working with color, effects, and much more.

Topics include:
  • Understanding vector graphics
  • Creating and setting up files for print or web destinations
  • Selecting and transforming objects on the page
  • Creating spot colors
  • Applying fills, strokes, and gradients to artwork
  • Adjusting appearances and effects
  • Working with anchor points and paths
  • Drawing with the Pen tool
  • Creating text
  • Managing layers
  • Creating and using symbols
  • Printing, saving, and exporting artwork
Subject:
Design
Software:
Illustrator
Author:
Justin Seeley

Adjusting appearance with live effects

Another great way to change the appearance of objects that you create is to utilize Illustrator's Effects, and in this movie, I'll be exploring ways that you can apply these effects to change the look and feel of the artwork that you create. The first thing you have to do is target an object on screen. In order to do that, just grab your Selection tool, and click an object. In this case, I'll select this form field right here. I am also going to make sure that I'm working on the fill, because I might make some changes to it down the road. In order to start making effects, you have to first target an object, like I said, and then go up to the Effect menu, and find the effects that you want.

When you look at the Effect menu, you're going to see that there are two separate types of effects. The first are Illustrator effects; the second are what are called Photoshop effects. These top effects here are what we call live effects. They're able to be applied, edited, and reapplied at a moment's notice. These are the Illustrator effects. They might not be as fancy as some of the Photoshop effects, but they do work best, in my opinion, when you are working with vector artwork. The other effects down here are mainly made for raster-based objects, although they can be applied to Illustrator objects as well.

In this case, I am going to start by adding a drop shadow to this particular box. I am going to go to Stylize, and select Drop Shadow. Once I get the Drop Shadow box open, you will notice that I have several different options to choose from. The first option you turn on needs to always be the Preview. That way you can see exactly what's going on at all times. Now that I have this live Preview turned on, I can see the drop shadow as I am creating it. The mode refers to the blend mode that it's currently using to make the drop shadow appear like it is. Currently, it's set to Multiply.

Multiply is a darkening blend mode, meaning that the shadow will be darker than the objects behind it. If I happen to switch that blending mode, you can change the overall appearance of the drop shadow, based on certain criteria, like the hue, saturation, and brightness of the colors that you choose, either for the shadow, or the background. In this case, I am going go leave it on Multiply. I might take the Opacity down a bit, though, so let's select this, and crank it down to about 45%. When I press the Tab key, it's going to automatically update out here on my screen.

Now let's go down to the X Offset. Right now it's currently set to 7 points. Decreasing that moves the shadow closer to the original object. I am actually going to set this to 0. The Y Offset refers to how far it is away from the bottom or top of this object. In this case, I am going to back this down to about 5 points. Finally, you have the Blur. The Blur can be as much or as little as you want it to be. In this case, I am also going to back this down to something like 3 points.

If you want to choose a different color, you can do so here. Right now it's currently set to Black, but I might want to get in here and change it to something, like a darker Blue, so it blends a little bit more evenly with the background. Hitting OK, you're going to see the difference. I may go back in, and actually make it a little darker than that. Hit OK, and there we go. If it's still a little too harsh, you can always back down the Opacity, just like that. Once you're finished setting up your live effect, you hit OK, and it's applied to the artwork you had selected.

If I look inside of the Appearance panel now, I now have this new attribute with an fx icon next to it, indicating that it's a live effect. I can also go right here, and click to edit the drop shadow. All of the settings that I just had are still there, and if I click Preview, I turn on a live preview, so that I can edit this again. So, for instance, I could change the color back to Black, I could change the Opacity back to 45, and as I make these changes, it's updating in real time right there.

I may also increase the Y Offset a little bit, and decrease the Blur; something like that. Any changes I make in here, again, are automatically reflected as I do the work. That's the beauty of the live preview. So any time I make a change, you're going to see it happen in real time. Clicking OK commits to that, and you can go right back to working. As you continue to explore effects inside of Illustrator, you may find the need to reuse different effects. For instance, I might want to apply this drop shadow to this form field, and the button as well.

The easy way to do that would be to simply save this as a graphic style, and I'll teach you how to do that in a future movie. For now, though, I just wanted to let you know exactly how to apply these effects, and how to work with them inside of the Appearance panel. So hopefully by now you understand how to apply live effects, and how to work with them, and how they can help you enhance your artwork.

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