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Aligning to key objects

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All right gang it's time to complete the artwork and solve the puzzle in one exercise and that's what we are going to do right now. I have gone ahead and save my progress so far as Key letters. ai, so called because we have a number or letter in each of the key positions. That is to say the 9 represents the proper location for the first row and the first column. The green E represents the proper location for the second row and the second column and so on. So we'll be able to align to these letters for everything else inside of the puzzle.

Aligning to key objects

All right gang it's time to complete the artwork and solve the puzzle in one exercise and that's what we are going to do right now. I have gone ahead and save my progress so far as Key letters. ai, so called because we have a number or letter in each of the key positions. That is to say the 9 represents the proper location for the first row and the first column. The green E represents the proper location for the second row and the second column and so on. So we'll be able to align to these letters for everything else inside of the puzzle.

Now let's go ahead and solve the puzzle at this point. At least put the letters and numbers into the proper rough positions. I'm going to grab this O right here and before you start by the way just because we are going to be moving a lot of stuff around, you might want to go ahead and lock down your checkers layer so that you don't disturb it because we are not going to be aligning to the checkers anymore. They are in the proper location. We don't need them. Go ahead to click to set the lock and lock down the position of each one of those objects so we can't even select them anymore. Now drag this 0 to somewhere up in this area. I'm going to roughly position things so that we can see them move very easily. Then I'll move the 2 there and the O to this location. The green T wants to be there and the S wants to be at this location and the W wants to be the first guy in the row. So you can see that part of solving the puzzle is placing the similarly colored letters in the same row.

Then the A goes into the first column, the B goes into the second one if I can manage to select it properly and the Y goes into the final column and then the L goes into the bottom left position right there. The A goes here and the N goes here. Puzzle solved people. You might have seen that coming, not sure but anyway we know have the letters in roughly to proper positions, but roughly of course is no good whatsoever. Let's get them in exactly the proper locations. Now take a deep breath because here is where it really gets nice and tedious.

Go ahead and select the first row of numbers right there and then click again on the 9 because that's going to be our Key Object and I want you to click on Horizontal Align Center. No, that's going to make a mess of things. So go ahead and press Ctrl+Z or Command+Z on a Mac to undo that modification. I want you to see, part of the reason I made that mistake that that blows it for the Key Object. As soon you press Ctrl+Z or Command+Z, Illustrator totally forgets about the Key Object. I wish you could permanently set a Key Object attribute that would help us out so much because then we could just say once and for all, 9, E, B and E. 9EBE, those are the Key Objects. The others aren't, but you have to do it over and over again.

So I'll click again to make that the Key Object. Then I'll go to the proper option Vertical Align Center. You don't want the Distribution options by the way. That will also make a mess of things. You want Alignment. So go ahead and click Vertical Align Center for that first row. Now let's go to the second row, click on the E to make it the Key Object, click on that same option once again. Then go to the third row, click on the B to make it the Key Object, then click on this option again. Go to Lane click on the blue E right there and then click on this icon to align the letters properly.

All right now we are done with the rows, now for the columns. Go ahead and select the first column 9WAL right there. Click on the 9 to make it the Key Object because of course Illustrator has forgotten and then click on Horizontal Align Center. Then go to the second column and click on the E in order to make it the Key Object, click on this icon again, grab this third column of letters, click on the B in order to make it the Key Object and click here once again. Then select the final column of letters O, T, Y, E and then click on Horizontal Align Center.

I blew it, why did it blow it? Because I forgot to specify who in the world is the Key Object so everybody moved and now everybody is out of alignment. That's not what I want. Press Ctrl+Z or Command +Z on a Mac. Click on the E in order to make it the Key Object. Then go up to this icon Horizontal Align Center and click on it and we are done people. We have completed the puzzle, we have aligned every single checker and every single letter and the whole thing is just an amazingly beautiful work of art, don't you think? In the next chapter we'll take a look at the new and improved world of Gradients inside of Illustrator CS4.

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Illustrator CS4 One-on-One: Advanced

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  1. 28m 41s
    1. Welcome
      1m 7s
    2. Installing the dekeKeys keyboard shortcuts
      8m 59s
    3. Resetting the Function keys on a Mac
      4m 47s
    4. Installing the CS4 color settings
      4m 20s
    5. Loading the CS4 color settings in Illustrator
      6m 3s
    6. Loading the CS4 color settings in Bridge CS4
      3m 25s
  2. 1h 53m
    1. From the simple emerges the complex
      42s
    2. Introducing Pathfinder operations
      4m 17s
    3. Editing a compound shape
      4m 39s
    4. Adding to a compound shape
      3m 11s
    5. Inserting a subpath into a compound shape
      3m 56s
    6. Expanding a compound shape
      4m 53s
    7. Assembling primitives
      4m 42s
    8. Preparing a template in Photoshop
      7m 0s
    9. Uniting paths permanently
      5m 40s
    10. Minus Front vs. Minus Back
      1m 55s
    11. Working with compound paths
      6m 49s
    12. When in doubt, divide
      3m 54s
    13. Divide and Unite
      3m 2s
    14. Open path pitfalls
      5m 35s
    15. Strokes bad, fills good
      4m 38s
    16. Advanced Divide and Unite
      8m 59s
    17. Using the Crop operation
      8m 30s
    18. Expert Divide and Unite
      8m 45s
    19. "Ghosting" shapes with Fill Opacity
      6m 45s
    20. Anticipating and troubleshooting
      8m 16s
    21. Exclude and Intersect
      7m 24s
  3. 44m 59s
    1. Familiar one moment, different the next
      1m 3s
    2. Snapping to anchor points
      5m 41s
    3. Aligning a group to the artboard
      3m 34s
    4. Distributing objects on the artboard
      4m 16s
    5. Setting the key object
      4m 54s
    6. Distributing objects by space
      3m 6s
    7. Distributing objects by selections
      3m 19s
    8. Aligning point text
      6m 7s
    9. Aligning live text vs. using outlines
      4m 58s
    10. Aligning key letters
      3m 35s
    11. Aligning to key objects
      4m 26s
  4. 1h 4m
    1. CS4’s gradient renaissance
      1m 7s
    2. Applying a gradient
      6m 0s
    3. Dragging and dropping color swatches
      2m 55s
    4. Using the Gradient palette
      6m 27s
    5. Designing a shaded gradient
      5m 9s
    6. Saving a gradient swatch and adding a texture
      4m 2s
    7. Introducing the new Gradient tool
      4m 39s
    8. Editing color stops inside a shape
      3m 26s
    9. Setting multiple gradients to the same angle
      5m 0s
    10. Adding and adjusting radial gradients
      7m 20s
    11. Making a transparent gradient
      7m 6s
    12. Adding drop shadows (a kind of gradient)
      6m 28s
    13. Blends vs. blend modes
      4m 38s
  5. 1h 17m
    1. Creating freeform color flows
      1m 0s
    2. The power of CS4's transparent gradients
      10m 25s
    3. Creating a gradient mesh
      4m 30s
    4. Expanding a gradient to a gradient mesh
      7m 40s
    5. Adding and deleting rows and columns
      6m 13s
    6. Selecting and coloring points
      6m 5s
    7. Assigning colors with the Eyedropper tool
      7m 42s
    8. Cool mesh editing techniques
      3m 56s
    9. Warping and puckering a mesh
      7m 24s
    10. Applying precise finishing touches
      5m 48s
    11. Gradient strokes
      9m 45s
    12. Gradient text
      6m 50s
  6. 55m 35s
    1. The first of the dynamic functions
      1m 4s
    2. Making a blend automatically
      5m 48s
    3. Fixing problem blends
      3m 56s
    4. Making a blend with the Blend tool
      3m 6s
    5. Cloning and coloring a blended path
      4m 37s
    6. Creating a mask
      3m 53s
    7. Blending between translucent shapes
      5m 30s
    8. Blending along a curve
      4m 34s
    9. Adjusting the speed of a blend
      2m 58s
    10. Filling and stroking a mask
      4m 36s
    11. Creating a compound clipping mask
      6m 3s
    12. Nesting one clipping mask inside another
      6m 7s
    13. Ghosting nested masks and blends
      3m 23s
  7. 1h 13m
    1. Patterns that repeat forever and ever
      51s
    2. Introducing tile patterns
      6m 36s
    3. Beginning a core design
      5m 6s
    4. Building an interlocking element
      6m 25s
    5. Achieving precise radial symmetry
      4m 46s
    6. Rotating duplicates around a common center
      3m 10s
    7. Determining how a pattern repeats
      9m 54s
    8. Coloring the core objects
      5m 0s
    9. Identifying the rectangular tile
      7m 14s
    10. Saving tile patterns
      7m 19s
    11. Applying tile patterns to a shape
      3m 25s
    12. Protecting patterns from transformations
      7m 36s
    13. Moving patterns without paths
      5m 51s
  8. 1h 19m
    1. Illustrator gets natural
      1m 15s
    2. Introducing the vector painting tools
      3m 16s
    3. Calligraphic brush options
      4m 3s
    4. Pressure sensitivity
      5m 17s
    5. Editing a calligraphic brush
      5m 53s
    6. Repainting and smoothing paths
      5m 30s
    7. Making the paintbrush behave
      6m 16s
    8. Erasing stroked paths
      3m 17s
    9. Painting with the new Blob brush
      6m 24s
    10. Refining filled paths with the Eraser
      4m 14s
    11. Painting independent paths
      3m 53s
    12. The Selection Limits Merge options
      3m 20s
    13. Applying and scaling an art brush
      6m 23s
    14. Snipping a brushed path
      4m 55s
    15. Colorizing an art brush
      4m 9s
    16. Heaping a stroke on an art brush effect
      4m 32s
    17. Creating a custom art brush
      6m 51s
  9. 1h 44m
    1. The computer art world’s dynamic duo
      1m 7s
    2. Copying and pasting pixels from Photoshop
      7m 21s
    3. Linking is efficient, embedding is not
      2m 47s
    4. Editing an image in Illustrator
      7m 30s
    5. Filtering an image in Photoshop
      6m 34s
    6. Adding a filter mask in Photoshop
      6m 25s
    7. Masking a woman from the background
      3m 49s
    8. Creating a sepia effect
      6m 37s
    9. Adding a second gradient map layer
      2m 13s
    10. Achieving a graphic effect with Levels
      8m 10s
    11. Preparing an image for use in Illustrator
      5m 46s
    12. The importance of image resolution
      9m 40s
    13. Placing and linking images
      4m 43s
    14. Managing linked images
      6m 18s
    15. Integrating an image into a design
      5m 12s
    16. A better way to wrap text
      7m 28s
    17. Previewing the trim size
      4m 25s
    18. Layer comps and editable text
      8m 42s
  10. 2h 11m
    1. Transparency is safe and fun
      1m 27s
    2. Introducing the translucent composition
      4m 39s
    3. Assigning opacity to an Appearance attribute
      3m 41s
    4. Creating a knockout group
      5m 7s
    5. Defining an opacity mask
      7m 15s
    6. Using the Clip checkbox
      2m 41s
    7. Opacity mask tips and tricks
      3m 20s
    8. The Multiply blend mode
      6m 8s
    9. Adding to an existing opacity mask
      7m 53s
    10. Blending between parallel groups
      7m 27s
    11. Creating a gradient opacity mask
      4m 54s
    12. Employing an opposing gradient mask
      7m 57s
    13. Combining Multiply and Screen
      3m 49s
    14. Blend mode roundup
      5m 24s
    15. Mixing blend modes inside a single path
      3m 48s
    16. Blend mode and transparent gradient
      3m 49s
    17. Masking an entire layer
      7m 0s
    18. Combining Screen with 100K Black
      7m 43s
    19. Knocking out a drop shadow
      5m 18s
    20. But will it print?
      3m 8s
    21. Working with the Flattener preview
      8m 44s
    22. Rasterizing an illustration in Photoshop
      9m 16s
    23. Super-rich blacks and raster effects
      3m 35s
    24. Exporting TIFF artwork from Illustrator
      7m 48s
  11. 58s
    1. Until next time
      58s

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