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Adjusting envelope settings


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Illustrator CS4 Beyond the Basics

with Mordy Golding

Video: Adjusting envelope settings

Enveloping in Illustrator is an extremely powerful feature and as such there are many different settings that are kind of buried deep inside of the feature and depending on the type of artwork that you are using you may find it necessary to explore some of these settings. So let's take a closer look. I'm working in this file called edit_envelope. I'm going to select both of these elements right here. This object is currently set to the top of the stacking order. So I'm going to use the Make with Top Object command in order to turn this particular element into an envelope. So I'm going to go to the Object menu here.
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  1. 2m 4s
    1. Welcome
      1m 41s
    2. Using the exercise files
      23s
  2. 33m 20s
    1. Introducing Live Paint
      38s
    2. Drawing in Illustrator
      4m 21s
    3. Creating a Live Paint group
      2m 54s
    4. Using the Live Paint Bucket tool
      3m 17s
    5. Using Live Paint with open paths
      2m 29s
    6. Detecting gaps in Live Paint groups
      4m 17s
    7. Adding paths to a Live Paint group
      3m 41s
    8. Using the Live Paint Selection tool
      5m 44s
    9. Releasing and expanding Live Paint groups
      2m 55s
    10. Understanding how Live Paint groups work
      3m 4s
  3. 49m 36s
    1. Introducing the trace options
      39s
    2. Setting expectations: Live Trace
      2m 26s
    3. Using the Live Trace feature
      1m 51s
    4. Understanding how Live Trace works
      5m 41s
    5. Making raster-based adjustments
      5m 52s
    6. Tracing with fills, strokes, or both
      2m 55s
    7. Making vector-based adjustments
      6m 12s
    8. Adjusting colors in Live Trace
      4m 39s
    9. Using Photoshop with Live Trace
      5m 22s
    10. Releasing and expanding Live Trace artwork
      2m 58s
    11. Saving and exporting Live Trace presets
      2m 36s
    12. Tracing in Batch mode with Adobe Bridge
      1m 35s
    13. Turning an image into mosaic tiles
      2m 28s
    14. Tracing an image manually
      4m 22s
  4. 1h 24m
    1. Introducing 3D
      33s
    2. Setting expectations: 3D in Illustrator
      2m 53s
    3. How fills and strokes affect 3D artwork
      4m 43s
    4. Applying the 3D Extrude & Bevel effect
      6m 25s
    5. Applying a bevel
      5m 40s
    6. Showing the hidden faces of a 3D object
      4m 49s
    7. Applying the 3D Revolve effect
      5m 22s
    8. Visualizing the revolve axis
      3m 5s
    9. Applying the 3D Rotate effect
      1m 35s
    10. Adjusting surface settings
      9m 33s
    11. Understanding the importance of 3D and groups
      3m 24s
    12. Preparing art for mapping
      10m 19s
    13. Mapping artwork to a 3D surface
      14m 21s
    14. Hiding geometry with 3D artwork mapping
      4m 0s
    15. Extending the use of 3D in Illustrator
      8m 7s
  5. 44m 37s
    1. Introducing transformations and effects
      32s
    2. Using the Transform panel
      12m 37s
    3. Repeating transformations
      5m 23s
    4. Using the Transform Each function
      3m 48s
    5. Using the Convert to Shape effects
      5m 49s
    6. Using the Distort & Transform effects
      5m 12s
    7. Using the Path effects
      6m 58s
    8. Using the Pathfinder effects
      4m 18s
  6. 28m 23s
    1. Introducing graphic styles
      33s
    2. Applying graphic styles
      10m 8s
    3. Defining graphic styles
      8m 46s
    4. Previewing graphic styles
      2m 10s
    5. Modifying graphic styles
      3m 30s
    6. Understanding graphic styles for text
      3m 16s
  7. 22m 49s
    1. Introducing advanced masking techniques
      32s
    2. Understanding clipping masks
      7m 15s
    3. Using layer clipping masks
      6m 30s
    4. Creating opacity masks
      8m 32s
  8. 1h 6m
    1. Introducing color
      40s
    2. Considering three types of color swatches
      7m 7s
    3. Managing color groups
      2m 58s
    4. Understanding the HSB color wheel
      3m 57s
    5. Understanding color harmonies
      2m 57s
    6. Using the color guide
      3m 54s
    7. Limiting the color guide
      3m 17s
    8. Modifying color with the Recolor Artwork feature
      6m 25s
    9. Using the Edit tab to adjust color
      5m 44s
    10. Using the Assign tab to replace colors
      8m 37s
    11. Making global color adjustments
      2m 17s
    12. Using Recolor options
      7m 3s
    13. Converting artwork to grayscale
      3m 23s
    14. Simulating artwork on different devices
      3m 18s
    15. Accessing Kuler directly from Illustrator
      2m 7s
    16. Ensuring high contrast for color-blind people
      2m 42s
  9. 53m 19s
    1. Introducing transparency
      40s
    2. Understanding transparency flattening
      2m 31s
    3. Exercising the two rules of transparency flattening
      10m 53s
    4. Understanding complex regions in transparency flattening
      4m 50s
    5. Exploring the transparency flattener settings
      8m 37s
    6. Using transparency flattening and object stacking order
      6m 39s
    7. Using the Flattener Preview panel
      6m 31s
    8. Creating and sharing Transparency Flattener presets
      2m 25s
    9. Working within an EPS workflow
      5m 3s
    10. Understanding the Illustrator and InDesign workflow
      5m 10s
  10. 50m 1s
    1. Introducing prepress and output
      23s
    2. Understanding resolutions
      8m 27s
    3. Discovering RGB and CMYK "gotchas"
      5m 42s
    4. Using Overprints and Overprint Preview
      7m 43s
    5. Understanding "book color" and proofing spot colors
      8m 1s
    6. Collecting vital information with Document Info
      2m 28s
    7. Previewing color separations onscreen
      1m 12s
    8. Making 3D artwork look good
      2m 16s
    9. Seeing white lines and knowing what to do about them
      2m 41s
    10. Creating "bulletproof" press-ready PDF files
      3m 45s
    11. Protecting content with secure PDFs
      2m 48s
    12. Using PDF presets
      2m 47s
    13. Moving forward: The Adobe PDF Print Engine
      1m 48s
  11. 35m 43s
    1. Introducing distortions
      27s
    2. Using the Warp effect
      4m 20s
    3. The Warp effect vs. envelope distortion
      3m 48s
    4. Applying the Make with Warp envelope distortion
      2m 45s
    5. Applying the Make with Mesh envelope distortion
      2m 41s
    6. Applying the Make with Top Object envelope distortion
      3m 45s
    7. Editing envelopes
      5m 0s
    8. Adjusting envelope settings
      4m 2s
    9. Releasing and expanding envelope distortions
      1m 44s
    10. Applying envelope distortions to text
      1m 27s
    11. Using the liquify distortion tools
      3m 5s
    12. Customizing the liquify tools
      2m 39s
  12. 28m 56s
    1. Introducing blends
      32s
    2. Blending two objects
      6m 18s
    3. Adjusting blend options
      5m 47s
    4. Blending anchor points
      5m 36s
    5. Blending three or more objects
      2m 9s
    6. Replacing the spine of a blend
      4m 32s
    7. Reversing the direction of a blend
      2m 15s
    8. Releasing and expanding a blend
      1m 47s
  13. 46m 54s
    1. Introducing charts and graphs
      35s
    2. Setting expectations: Graphs in Illustrator
      3m 19s
    3. Creating a chart
      8m 2s
    4. Importing data
      3m 34s
    5. Formatting data
      5m 1s
    6. Customizing a chart
      10m 21s
    7. Combining chart types
      2m 40s
    8. Creating graph designs
      6m 0s
    9. Styling and updating graphs
      5m 33s
    10. Ungrouping graphs
      1m 49s
  14. 26m 36s
    1. Introducing Gradient Mesh
      23s
    2. Understanding the Gradient Mesh feature
      9m 34s
    3. Using Gradient Mesh to add contoured shading
      6m 14s
    4. Using Gradient Mesh to create photorealistic effects
      10m 25s
  15. 8m 18s
    1. Introducing flare effects
      25s
    2. Drawing a lens flare
      3m 28s
    3. Modifying a lens flare
      1m 27s
    4. Using a mask with lens flares
      2m 58s
  16. 29s
    1. Goodbye
      29s

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Illustrator CS4 Beyond the Basics
9h 42m Intermediate Apr 03, 2009

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Covering a wide range of topics, from advanced masking to chart creation, Illustrator CS4 Beyond the Basics reveals a whole new level of power, creativity, and efficiency with Illustrator. Instructor Mordy Golding explores how to work with Live Paint groups, get the most out of the Live Trace feature, and take advantage of Illustrator’s wide range of effects. He also discusses advanced transformation techniques, powerful 3D functionality, and important color concepts. Exercise files accompany the course.

Topics include:
  • Tracing artwork both automatically and manually
  • Mapping artwork to complex 3D surfaces
  • Using pressure-sensitive distortion tools
  • Recoloring artwork across a document
  • Using Excel data to create charts and graphs
  • Understanding how transparency really works
  • Creating high-quality, press-ready PDFs
  • Building efficient files with graphic styles
Subject:
Design
Software:
Illustrator
Author:
Mordy Golding

Adjusting envelope settings

Enveloping in Illustrator is an extremely powerful feature and as such there are many different settings that are kind of buried deep inside of the feature and depending on the type of artwork that you are using you may find it necessary to explore some of these settings. So let's take a closer look. I'm working in this file called edit_envelope. I'm going to select both of these elements right here. This object is currently set to the top of the stacking order. So I'm going to use the Make with Top Object command in order to turn this particular element into an envelope. So I'm going to go to the Object menu here.

I'm going to choose Envelope Distort. I'm now going to choose Make with Top Object. So great. I have my envelope that I have created, but now I want to go ahead and I want to modify some of the settings for that envelope. Now you will notice that over here at sometimes you will see some of the distortion that appears maybe here in the S or the U. It may not be perfect and you may look at that envelope and say, "well, Illustrator didn't do such a good job" and look elsewhere. But in reality Illustrator has many different settings for this particular envelope feature and some of them are set for performance reasons to not always give you the best results. I know it's kind of funny, right, but if you take a look you will see that specially with complex artwork sometimes modifying those paths with an envelope and applying to those distortions can go ahead and have some kind of performances.

So let's take a look at how to modify these settings. With my envelope selected I can either go to the Object menu and I can choose Envelope Distort and then choose Envelope Options or I can just simply look right here inside of the control panel and click on this icon here called Envelope Options. So I'm going to click on that button that opens up the Envelope Options dialog box and I'll click on the Preview button. So I could see what these settings actually do when they are applied. Now first of all I had and so far this example here only been using the vector artwork inside of my envelopes, however you could of course take rasterize content such as place Photoshop images and have those be enveloped as well.

When doing so you can choose whether or not to Anti-Alias that artwork and you can also choose whether or not you want to Preserve the Shape Using a Clipping Mask or if you want use the Transparency. But by far the most important setting in this dialog box is this one here called Fidelity. Right now it's set to 50 and the slider goes from 0 all the way up to 100. Now again because of performance reasons Illustrator leaves to the Fidelity settings set at 50. Kind of at the midpoint over there. And in many cases this is just fine when you are performing your distortions using envelopes, but you have complex artwork or if you are seeing some kind of distortion that you are not happy with, you can go ahead and increase that Fidelity setting knowing that it may go ahead and has some kind of performances. Although in this with you the case here, it won't at all, it's a very simple example.

So I'm going to take your slide here and since I have the Preview button on you will actually be able to see what happens when I increase the Fidelity. If I go all the way to 100 here you can see that part of the U here looks little bit more smoother and other areas as well. If I'll go down all the way to zero for example, you can see that the R and the U make some adjustments there. Same thing with the sides of here at the F. So I can adjust the Fidelity settings as necessary to really get a much better or cleaner looking distortion then I might otherwise get. In fact, you can see over here that the S has a much cleaner shape than it does down over here.

So by modifying this particular slider you can go ahead and you can choose to get better results with your envelopes. Additionally, the envelope feature does allow you to the store appearances of the objects meaning drop shadows or other kinds of effects that you apply through the Effect menu inside of Illustrator and you could also choose to Distort Linear Gradients and Pattern Fills. But you need to have these checkboxes turned on in order for that to happen. So if you do have artwork that has a linear gradient or a pattern inside of it by default, when you distort them inside of an envelope those elements do not get distorted. In order for you to have those elements also take on the distortion of the envelope, you need to go ahead and choose Envelope Options I can do right over here and check these options here, either Distort Linear Gradients or Distort the Pattern Fills. Once you go ahead and apply these settings you can click OK and then apply to those particular shapes.

Now it's important to realize the options here on a per object basis or I should say a per envelope basis. So if you have three or four different envelopes in your file you can have different settings for each of those envelopes.

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