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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.
In this movie we're going to create this blank bar that's inset within the circle, and it helps to set off the text as you can see. We're going to do so using a dynamic application of a pathfinder operation. So I'll go ahead and switch over to my artwork in progress here; then bring up the Layers panel; and turn on the circle & bar layer, which contain these two objects right here, the circle; and then this blue rectangle. And we want to go ahead and combine them together. I'll select the two objects just by Alt+ Clicking or Option+Clicking on the circle & bar layer there inside the Layers panel. And as you know, you can bring up the Pathfinder panel and just click on Intersect for example in our case, in order to find the intersection of those two shapes, so the bar will appear exclusively inside the circle.
Then you just press Shift+X in order to swap the fill and stroke so that we have a black fill. Problem is we're left with a static path outline that's permanently modified, and you'll have to take my word for it. We need that circle in the future. So we can't afford to get rid of it. One way to keep it of course is to go ahead and press Ctrl+Z a couple times. That's Command+Z of the Mac. And with these two object selected, you'd press the Alt key or the Option key on a Mac and click Intersect, and that way you end up with a compound shape and you've got the circle inside of it.
However, now the circle doesn't have its stroke and again you'll have to take my word for it. We need that stroke in the future as well. Now it's an easy matter to reapply this stroke to the circle later, but why go to that work when you don't have to? So here is the alternative. I'll go ahead and press Ctrl+Z or Command+ Z on a Mac in order to undo that change. Instead what you do is select whatever it is that contains the circle & bar, which in our case is the layer. So I'll go ahead and meatball the circle & bar layer and then I'll hide the Pathfinder panel because we don't need it, and instead you go to the Effect menu, choose Pathfinder, and then choose Intersect. And that'll go ahead and find the intersection of everything that's inside that layer.
So the deed is done, now we need to do is swap the fill and stroke; but if you press Shift+X nothing happens. That's because you can't swap the fill and stroke of multiple paths at a time. Instead what you do is you meatball the circle. And since it's the top path in the stack, it determines the fill and stroke attributes. Then with the circle selected. you press Shift+X and you end up with a black bar. But of course if you do that you end up losing that black stroke that I told you was so important. So I'm going to press Ctrl+Z or Command+Z on a Mac in order to undo that change, and then I'm going to create a new layer above the circle & bar layer by Alt+Clicking or Option+Clicking on the page icon at the bottom of Layers panel.
I'm going to change the color of this lawyer to Light Red and then I'll change its name to cover-up, because that is the purpose that this layer will ultimately serve, and I'll click OK. Then I'll just Alt+Drag or Option+Drag the circle into that cover-up layer in order to make a duplicate of it, and I'll turn the cover- up layer off for now, because we don't need it for a few more movies. Then I'll meatball the circle on the circle & bar layer in order to select it, and I'll press Shift+X in order to swap its fill and stroke attributes.
So now we have a black bar. Now I'm going to twirl close the circle & bar layer and then I'm going to turn back on the stars & text layer, and I'll go ahead and twirl open this layer so that I can find my text, the word SHOOP here, and I'll go ahead and meatball it. That's just the easiest way to select it since it's hard to see on screen. And then I'll change its fill from Black to White up here in the control panel so that we can once again see that text. And that's how you apply a dynamic variation on the Pathfinder operation to an entire layer--or it could have just as easily been a group--here inside Illustrator.
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