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In Illustrator CS5 One-on-One: Mastery, the third and final part of the comprehensive Illustrator One-on-One series, author and industry expert Deke McClelland shows how to take advantage of the wide array of dynamic effects in Illustrator CS5. Deke explores Illustrator’s powerful Gradient Mesh feature, great for creating photorealistic airbrushing effects. He also covers graphic styles, the liquify tools, envelope-style distortions, the new Bristle Brushes, 3D text, and perspective drawing. Exercise files accompany the course.
In this exercise I'm going to show you how to move and duplicate paths that share the same plane. I've saved my changes as Two steps down. ai, it's found inside the 28_perspective folder and aren't with the Perspective Selection tool, I'll go ahead and click on one of the Orange front elevations and Shift+Click on the other one. So you can select multiple paths with this tool, but they have to be on the exact same pane to make it work. All right, having done that I need to bring the shapes to the top of the stack so I'll press Ctrl+Shift+Right Bracket, Command+Shift+Right Bracket on the Mac and I'm going to drag by this top left point right there all the way back to this point there, so that snaps into alignment, I've got my smart guys turned on and I'll press and hold the 5 key as I drag with my mouse button down and they'll press and hold Alt key or the Option key as well in order to create a duplicate.
So 5 and Alt are down on the PC, 5 and Option are down on the Mac, and then release and you'll end up getting two more front steps. All right, now let's go ahead and move these guys upward, like so, until they snap into alignment, this time you do not need to press the 5 key, in fact it will not work, you will not be able to pull this off if you press the 5 key during this operation and then go ahead and release in order to move those steps into the proper position. And you know what I don't think I've got him exactly aligned like usual, so I'll go ahead and zoom in on my illustration, drag this point out a little bit and then drag it back into place, because again I don't want my missteps to compound on top of each.
All right, I'm going to zoom out and this time I'm going to select one of the top elevations and Shift+Click on the other top one, they both exist on the ground pane, so I can select them together. Now this time I'm not going to have anything to snap to, so I'm going to have to zoom out and pay attention to my gridlines and I'm going to go ahead and press Ctrl+Shift+Right Bracket or Command+Shift+Right Bracket on the Mac, to move those steps to the top of the stack. And you can see in my case, because I tap the Shift key, I'm just seeing the ground plane and nothing else and that's just that strange little trick that works inside of Illustrator, don't worry about it if it happens to you, it'll reconcile itself in just a moment.
What I need you to do is go ahead and drag by one of these points, why don't we drag this topmost point here, and drag upward, like so, and then go ahead and press the 5 key in order to constrain the drag to a perpendicular drag and just pay attention I'm just sighting my gridlines, in order to try to get things aligned as well as possible, and that looks about right. So I am just above that one grid line, I can't sort of point it out to you, I'm just looking at it, and then I'll press the Alt key or the Option key on the Mac.
So 5 and Alt are down on the PC, 5 and Option on the Mac and then go ahead and release and in order to create those duplicates, notice that all of my panes come back on-screen. All right, now I'll go ahead and drag this corner, so it snaps into alignment and it looks like I did a pretty good job, and by pretty good, I mean, terrible, let me go ahead and drag this guy back out and then let's see if I can drag it into place with a little more accuracy, like so, and that looks pretty good and then from this point we've got one more step to create. So I'll go ahead and grab this top step right there and I'll drag it down so it snaps into alignment with this little shelf, and of course I've got to press the 5 key and the Alt key or the Option key on the Mac and then release in order to create a duplicate, that guy wants to be in the back of the stack so I'll press Ctrl+Shift+Left Bracket, Command+Shift+Left Bracket to make it so.
Now I'm going to zoom out and I could go ahead and adjust the colors of the steps, why not. So I've done all this work, I might as well make everything look the way it's suppose to, I'll go back to my Swatches panel, it looks like my Stroke is active, so I'll press X key to make my Fill active and then I'll switch to the next brown color over like so, and then I'll grab this facing step and switch it to blue here in the Swatches panel and grab this guy and switch it to yellow, because that's my color scheme for what it's worth. And then I need to hide this grid, it's really getting in my face, I'm sick and tired of it, so I'll go ahead and click the Close box here inside the widget, and now I'll go ahead and marquee this entire step object, I'll go up to the Object menu and Group it, and this is so that we can have a heavy outline around the entire thing, you can also press Ctrl+G or Command+G on the Mac.
I'm going to turn off that perspective layer, so that we can focus on the objects that we just created and I'll switch over to the Appearance panel and I'll go ahead and add a Stroke by clicking on this lower left icon down here at the bottom of the Appearance panel or of course I could press Ctrl+Alt+Bracket, Command+Option+Bracket on the Mac, I'll go ahead and move that stroke below the content, change the stroke weight from 1 point to 6, that's going to give me a bunch of bad miter joints, so I'll click on the word Stroke and then I'll click on Round Join from the Corner options and we end up getting this effect here.
And this is the final version of that step object, created with the help of the 5 key and by duplicating multiple objects on a single plane.
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