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Applying a dynamic effect to type

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Video: Applying a dynamic effect to type

Over the course of this chapter, we're going to take this document. It's called Poster type.ai, very simple construction associated with this document. We have a big rectangle filled with a gradient in the background. Then we have three lines of point type, all of which are set in fonts that you should have installed on your system, fonts that ship along with the Creative Suite and these include Caslon Pro for the top and bottom lines of type. This bottom line of type is a little bit difficult to read, because it's yellow against yellow. But that will come in handy later. Then this big gradient type is set in Myriad Pro.

Applying a dynamic effect to type

Over the course of this chapter, we're going to take this document. It's called Poster type.ai, very simple construction associated with this document. We have a big rectangle filled with a gradient in the background. Then we have three lines of point type, all of which are set in fonts that you should have installed on your system, fonts that ship along with the Creative Suite and these include Caslon Pro for the top and bottom lines of type. This bottom line of type is a little bit difficult to read, because it's yellow against yellow. But that will come in handy later. Then this big gradient type is set in Myriad Pro.

Then we have got these three star shapes that are all combined into a single compound path. Now if I press Ctrl+Y or Command+Y on a Mac, the document looks like this. This is the Outline mode, so these are the primitive paths in the background here. We've got three lines of point text, all of which are live editable text objects by the way. Then we've got our star shapes, so no surprise there. What's going to be surprising is one I show you in just a moment. So I just want you to bear this in mind. I'll press Ctrl+Y or Command+Y to switch back to the Preview mode. This is where we're going with the project.

The name of this document, should you decide to open it. I don't recommend you do at this point, but it's called Hurpadurp final after our lead character here. Now what's remarkable about this document is this almost no different from the document we saw just a moment ago. The basic underlying paths and text objects are almost exactly the same. Let me show you what I mean. If I press Ctrl+Y or Command+Y on the Mac to switch this document to the Outline mode, this is what it looks like. Three lines of point type, all of which are absolutely horizontal, and then we've got our three original star shapes.

So those haven't changed at all. There are some small differences associated with the top and bottom lines of type, because of some OpenType modifications I made, and we'll see those over the course of this chapter, but otherwise, everything that we're seeing here inside the Preview mode. So I'll press Ctrl+Y or Command+Y again. Everything is a combination of fill and stroke attributes working together with dynamic effects. We're going to be seeing all kinds of dynamic effects in future chapters. In fact, I've got an entire chapter devoted to the topic in the mastery portion of this series.

But Dynamic Effects are particularly well suited to live editable type as we'll see. All right, I'm going to switch back to our Poster type.ai file. Let's start off with one of the most basic dynamic effects you can apply, offset path. So the idea is this. I'm looking at this gradient type right here and the letters are too thin. If I go ahead and click on the type, I'll notice that I have got the Character set in Myriad Pro Bold Condensed, which is as bold as it gets, at least sets the boldest version of the font I have installed on this system.

However, I'd like to make the letters bolder still. Well, one thing you could do is you could go up to the Object menu, choose Path, and then choose Offset Path, or at least you could if you were working with static path outlines, because I have text selected, Offset Path is dimmed. So if I want to use this command, what I've got to do is I've got to switch over to the Type menu here, and choose Create Outlines in order to convert those letters to path outlines. Now I've got static path outlines however. I can't do anything to this text. In other words, I can't edit the text if I want to.

But I can go up to the Object menu, choose Path, and choose Offset Path. Then I could enter whatever value I want. In my case, I decide on 4 points. I'll click in the Preview option, just to make sure that I've got what I want and I'll click OK. Now the screwy thing about this command is now I've got a second group of these path outlines. So I've got the thick ones, and the original thin ones. But by original, I don't mean editable text, it just mean the original path outlines I had a moment ago. So this is no good is the problem.

So I'll press Ctrl+Z three times in a row in fact, until I get back to my editable type. That's Command+Z on the Mac. The solution is to apply a dynamic effect, the exact same command just in a different menu. You go up to the Effect menu, you choose Path, and then you choose Offset Path. So the exact same command, and yet this time around the command isn't deemed and it works. If you enter 4 points for example, and click on Preview, then it happens on the fly. That's the beauty of these dynamic effects, as they are not really applied to the path outlines.

There is no permanent modification to the underlying path outlines. Instead, these are temporary modifications that are applied on the fly. So you go ahead and click OK. This command by the way is very useful when working with text. I'll go ahead and click OK in order to apply it. Now what you do is you switch over to the Appearance panel. So, go ahead and click on the Appearance tab, or you can go up to the Window menu, and choose the Appearance command. The Appearance panel shows you every dynamic effect that's assigned to an active object. So in this case, I can see Offset Path.

If I wanted to modify Offset Path, I would click on that link to bring up the dialog box once again, and I could say you know what, I just want two points of offset. I can change my mind anytime I like. Is this dynamic effect applicable to path outlines? Yes it is. It's applicable to anything. What you need to bear in mind though, is it is temporary. It does require Illustrator to compute this effect on the fly. So the more of these we heap on, the more and more complicated the document becomes, which is why this final version of the document takes so long to open.

Anyway, I'm going to Cancel out there. You can also turn off the Effect if you want to. You can turn off the eyeball. That is the saved attribute of the file. So I were to save the file now, I'd still have this effect applied here. However, it would be turned off. Anyway, I'm going to turn it back on, because I want to keep that effect. That's our first most basic example of a dynamic effect applied to live type in Illustrator, in future exercises, we'll see many more.

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Illustrator CS5 One-on-One: Advanced

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  1. 38m 35s
    1. Welcome
      1m 48s
    2. Linking AI and EPS files to Illustrator
      6m 48s
    3. Installing the dekeKeys keyboard shortcuts
      7m 43s
    4. Remapping Mac OS shortcuts
      6m 56s
    5. Installing the Best Workflow color settings
      4m 54s
    6. The color settings explained
      7m 4s
    7. Preserve Numbers vs. embedded profiles
      3m 22s
  2. 1h 40m
    1. Converting pixels to vectors
      1m 2s
    2. Tracing an imported image
      6m 17s
    3. Other ways to trace
      3m 17s
    4. Raster and vector previews
      7m 2s
    5. Threshold, Min Area, and Max Colors
      5m 27s
    6. Tracing options: The raster functions
      8m 2s
    7. Using the Ignore White option
      5m 3s
    8. Tracing options: The vector functions
      6m 40s
    9. Expanding traced artwork
      5m 6s
    10. Sketching and drawing for Illustrator
      6m 24s
    11. Editing scanned line art
      9m 23s
    12. Adding contrast and color
      10m 32s
    13. Live Trace and resolution
      9m 8s
    14. Expanding and separating paths
      8m 43s
    15. Scaling and editing traced art
      8m 4s
  3. 1h 8m
    1. Gradients are good
      1m 15s
    2. Assigning a gradient fill
      6m 9s
    3. Using the gradient annotator
      7m 31s
    4. Editing multiple gradients
      4m 37s
    5. Establishing symmetrical gradients
      5m 28s
    6. Creating a radial gradient
      5m 46s
    7. Adjusting the midpoint skew
      3m 23s
    8. Mixing gradients with blend modes
      6m 11s
    9. Making a transparent gradient
      6m 42s
    10. Drop shadows and dynamic effects
      5m 58s
    11. Assigning a gradient to editable text
      5m 42s
    12. Editing text that includes dynamic effects
      2m 56s
    13. Assigning a gradient to a stroke
      6m 46s
  4. 1h 37m
    1. The earliest dynamic functions
      1m 10s
    2. The gradient-intensive illustration
      5m 26s
    3. Creating a multi-color blend
      7m 39s
    4. Establishing a clipping mask
      3m 34s
    5. Reinstating the mask colors
      9m 7s
    6. Editing blended paths
      6m 50s
    7. Adjusting the number of blended steps
      6m 49s
    8. Using the Blend tool
      4m 33s
    9. Blending between levels of opacity
      7m 32s
    10. Editing the path of the blend
      6m 22s
    11. Adding a custom path of the blend
      5m 4s
    12. Placing one mask inside another
      8m 33s
    13. Blending groups and adjusting the speed
      6m 1s
    14. Rotating objects in 3D space
      10m 21s
    15. Creating custom perspective guides
      8m 31s
  5. 1h 37m
    1. What was old is new again
      39s
    2. Introducing tile patterns
      6m 11s
    3. Determining the points of intersection
      6m 51s
    4. Extending paths from the intersections
      5m 40s
    5. Crafting symmetrical subpaths
      5m 38s
    6. The final flawed subpaths
      5m 52s
    7. Reconciling misaligned paths
      5m 34s
    8. Completing the core path outline
      6m 14s
    9. Making a symmetrical modification
      6m 47s
    10. Adjusting the interior elements
      8m 26s
    11. Coloring paths and testing the interlock
      9m 29s
    12. Establishing a rectangular tile
      6m 22s
    13. Defining a tile pattern
      3m 43s
    14. Creating a few color variations
      8m 50s
    15. Protecting patterns from transformations
      6m 9s
    16. Transforming patterns without paths
      5m 30s
  6. 1h 12m
    1. Filling and stroking virtual areas
      44s
    2. Introducing Live Paint
      7m 57s
    3. Stroking with the Live Paint Bucket tool
      5m 30s
    4. Using the Live Paint Selection tool
      7m 18s
    5. Adding a path to a Live Paint group
      4m 33s
    6. Building a classic Celtic knot
      8m 28s
    7. Constructing the base objects
      5m 31s
    8. Weaving one object into another
      6m 13s
    9. Creating a path that overlaps itself
      7m 15s
    10. Painting a path that overlaps itself
      5m 34s
    11. Creating knots inside knots
      5m 2s
    12. Adding gradients and depth
      8m 22s
  7. 1h 4m
    1. Dynamic effects and OpenType
      1m 12s
    2. Applying a dynamic effect to type
      5m 43s
    3. Creating a basic bevel effect
      4m 12s
    4. Building up a multi-stroke effect
      4m 49s
    5. Best practices for 3D type
      6m 34s
    6. Applying a "path wiggler" to type
      6m 14s
    7. Drop shadows and Raster Effects settings
      4m 52s
    8. Duplicating attributes and effects
      7m 8s
    9. Editing type with dynamic effects
      7m 27s
    10. Ligatures, swashes, ordinals, and fractions
      5m 45s
    11. Small caps and the Glyphs panel
      4m 25s
    12. Warping text and increasing resolution
      6m 9s
  8. 1h 44m
    1. A world of colors at your beck and call
      1m 32s
    2. Customizing a letterform to make a logo
      8m 37s
    3. Creating a custom drop shadow effect
      6m 26s
    4. Introducing the Color Guide panel
      9m 3s
    5. Harmonies and Color Guide settings
      5m 39s
    6. Lifting harmony rules from color groups
      7m 21s
    7. Harmony layouts and the Lab color wheel
      8m 15s
    8. Working inside the Edit Color dialog box
      6m 36s
    9. Limiting a color group to spot colors
      5m 47s
    10. Recoloring selected artwork
      5m 50s
    11. Recoloring with custom color groups
      6m 1s
    12. Swapping colors with the Color Bars feature
      5m 18s
    13. Using the options in the Assign panel
      8m 41s
    14. Moving color groups between documents
      7m 17s
    15. Distilling your artwork to one spot-color ink
      7m 45s
    16. Recoloring artwork that contains gradients
      4m 17s
  9. 1h 21m
    1. How symbols work
      1m 2s
    2. The power of symbols
      5m 1s
    3. Creating new symbols
      6m 0s
    4. Enabling the new 9-slice scaling
      4m 24s
    5. Adjusting your 9-slice scaling guides
      6m 54s
    6. Previewing and acquiring symbols
      4m 12s
    7. Finding a symbol and creating an instance
      4m 13s
    8. Duplicating and replacing instances
      4m 19s
    9. Breaking a symbol link and envelope fidelity
      5m 26s
    10. Distorting and expanding a symbol
      4m 54s
    11. Updating an existing symbol definition
      3m 40s
    12. Recoloring a symbol definition
      4m 13s
    13. Applying a basic "local" color adjustment
      5m 20s
    14. Applying a more elaborate local color adjustment
      5m 4s
    15. Laying down a random symbol set
      5m 35s
    16. The eight symbolism tools
      6m 55s
    17. Editing selected instances
      4m 11s
  10. 1h 32m
    1. Illustrator needs Photoshop
      1m 1s
    2. Two ways to place a pixel-based image
      6m 6s
    3. Working with linked images
      6m 6s
    4. Linking versus embedding
      9m 38s
    5. Stroking and blending an image
      6m 16s
    6. Adding a clipping mask and page curl
      6m 51s
    7. Creating a blended border effect
      7m 10s
    8. Rasterizing your artwork in Photoshop
      8m 0s
    9. Saving a flat raster file from Photoshop
      4m 58s
    10. Restoring cropped border elements
      5m 39s
    11. Copying and pasting into Photoshop
      6m 27s
    12. Working with Photoshop Smart Objects
      5m 26s
    13. Adding a pixel-based layer effect
      4m 12s
    14. Editing a Vector Smart Object in Illustrator
      7m 20s
    15. Creating and placing a transparent image
      7m 1s
  11. 1h 15m
    1. The many forms of transparency
      1m 29s
    2. Real-world blending modes
      7m 57s
    3. Exporting transparency from Illustrator
      6m 24s
    4. Opacity and blending modes
      6m 18s
    5. The Darken and Lighten modes
      7m 17s
    6. The Contrast, Inversion, and HSL modes
      6m 12s
    7. Blending modes in action
      5m 11s
    8. Creating a knockout group
      6m 14s
    9. Confirming the viability of your artwork
      6m 8s
    10. Introducing the opacity mask
      4m 6s
    11. Making an opacity mask
      5m 25s
    12. Drawing inside an opacity mask
      3m 34s
    13. Creating a gradient opacity mask
      5m 29s
    14. Adding an opacity mask to a single object
      3m 22s
  12. 1m 13s
    1. Until next time
      1m 13s

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