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Illustrator for Web Design

Applying and editing live effects


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Illustrator for Web Design

with Justin Seeley

Video: Applying and editing live effects

One of my favorite things to use inside of Adobe Illustrator has got to be the Live Effects. Live Effects allow you to nondestructively edit artwork and easily change that edit any time you need to on the fly. Live Effects are a great way of manipulating your artwork into different shapes, also adding specific effects like drop shadows, glows, warps. Anything you want to do to your artwork you can pretty much do with a Live Effect. And like I said, the best part is they're nondestructive. You can always turn them on, turn them off. You can change them anytime you want. It's almost like a layer style in Photoshop.
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  1. 1m 13s
    1. Welcome
      50s
    2. Using the exercise files
      23s
  2. 43m 51s
    1. Designing for screens
      1m 57s
    2. Decoding screen size and resolution
      2m 40s
    3. Exploring the Illustrator to HTML workflow
      3m 42s
    4. Setting up Illustrator for web work
      6m 55s
    5. Creating a new document for web
      6m 25s
    6. Creating a new document for mobile
      3m 31s
    7. Using artboards for responsive layouts
      7m 42s
    8. Creating email newsletter documents
      4m 31s
    9. Working with Pixel Preview and anti-aliasing
      6m 28s
  3. 25m 28s
    1. Adjusting color settings
      6m 47s
    2. Understanding web color
      3m 47s
    3. Creating a color palette
      5m 4s
    4. Creating custom swatches
      4m 50s
    5. Working with fills and strokes
      5m 0s
  4. 13m 15s
    1. Exploring the Layers panel
      5m 21s
    2. Renaming and grouping layers
      7m 54s
  5. 24m 5s
    1. Drawing simple shapes
      4m 16s
    2. Working with Pathfinder
      5m 4s
    3. Using the Shape Builder tool
      4m 33s
    4. Creating symbols
      6m 24s
    5. Editing and replacing symbols
      3m 48s
  6. 20m 22s
    1. Planning your project
      2m 56s
    2. Using guides and rulers
      5m 56s
    3. Developing a layout with shapes
      6m 21s
    4. Using a grid system
      5m 9s
  7. 25m 53s
    1. Exploring the rules of typography
      4m 1s
    2. Using text as text vs. using text as an image
      3m 37s
    3. Understanding web-safe fonts
      1m 46s
    4. Creating and using paragraph styles
      5m 16s
    5. Creating and using character styles
      3m 2s
    6. Simulating the CSS box model
      8m 11s
  8. 21m 17s
    1. Understanding object appearance
      4m 43s
    2. Applying and editing live effects
      3m 34s
    3. Creating and using drop shadows
      3m 13s
    4. Creating more flexible rounded rectangles
      3m 17s
    5. Saving appearance as graphic styles
      6m 30s
  9. 35m 57s
    1. Starting with a wireframe
      5m 23s
    2. Adding master elements
      6m 45s
    3. Creating navigation buttons
      13m 34s
    4. Working with photographs
      5m 50s
    5. Simulating pages with artboards
      4m 25s
  10. 54m 45s
    1. Creating video placeholders
      10m 33s
    2. Creating buttons
      13m 1s
    3. Creating form fields
      8m 15s
    4. Creating radio boxes and checkboxes
      5m 11s
    5. Creating progress bars
      10m 12s
    6. Creating tabbed interfaces
      7m 33s
  11. 35m 28s
    1. Understanding slicing
      3m 26s
    2. Slicing up a mockup
      3m 6s
    3. Understanding web file formats
      5m 33s
    4. Exploring the Save for Web dialog
      3m 50s
    5. Optimizing photographs
      4m 29s
    6. Optimizing transparent graphics
      4m 43s
    7. Saving Retina display graphics
      3m 46s
    8. Exporting SVG graphics
      6m 35s
  12. 9m 29s
    1. Understanding image sprites
      3m 4s
    2. Creating a sprite grid
      4m 36s
    3. Optimizing sprites for the web
      1m 49s
  13. 15m 29s
    1. Placing Illustrator Smart Objects
      3m 22s
    2. Sharing color swatches between apps
      2m 9s
    3. Exporting Illustrator artwork as a PSD
      3m 49s
    4. Importing artwork into Fireworks
      2m 41s
    5. Exporting HTML from Illustrator
      3m 28s
  14. 1m 19s
    1. Taking the next step
      1m 1s
    2. Goodbye
      18s

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Illustrator for Web Design
5h 27m Appropriate for all Jul 30, 2012

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This course reveals how designers can create vibrant web graphics, wireframes, and complete web site mockups with the strong layout and color management tools in Adobe Illustrator. Author and Adobe Certified Expert Justin Seeley covers topics such as building responsive layouts with artboards, producing custom color palettes and swatches for web graphics, and making vector shapes and text that seamlessly scale. The course also explores adding drop shadows and other live effects, setting up interface elements such as forms and tabbed interfaces, optimizing and exporting different types of graphics, and speeding up your workflow with reusable image sprites and Smart Objects.

Topics include:
  • Customizing a web workspace
  • Decoding the mysteries behind screen size and resolution
  • Working with Pixel Preview and anti-aliasing
  • Coloring web graphics
  • Renaming and grouping layers
  • Working with shapes and symbols
  • Creating wireframes on a grid
  • Styling text
  • Creating image sprites
  • Simulating web pages with artboards
  • Optimizing and exporting your work
Subjects:
Design Web Web Graphics Web Design Web Foundations
Software:
Illustrator
Author:
Justin Seeley

Applying and editing live effects

One of my favorite things to use inside of Adobe Illustrator has got to be the Live Effects. Live Effects allow you to nondestructively edit artwork and easily change that edit any time you need to on the fly. Live Effects are a great way of manipulating your artwork into different shapes, also adding specific effects like drop shadows, glows, warps. Anything you want to do to your artwork you can pretty much do with a Live Effect. And like I said, the best part is they're nondestructive. You can always turn them on, turn them off. You can change them anytime you want. It's almost like a layer style in Photoshop.

It's very, very useful. And so inside of Illustrator we have access to several different effects in the Effect menu, and the ones that are listed underneath Illustrator Effects are the ones that I'm talking about. We have things like 3D; Convert to Shape; Distort & Transform; Path operations, Pathfinder; Stylize, which includes your drop shadows, your feathers, your glows, that kind of thing; SVG Filters; and of course the most widely used one, the Warp. In this movie, I'll be exploring how to utilize these Live Effects and also how to edit them in a moment's notice in case the client comes back and says "I need it to be a little less warped" or something like that.

And we all know that clients do come back and say things like that. So I'm going to select this little banner piece of the robot logo, and basically what the client has told me is that they need this to be in an arch shape. They need it to be arched right up in this area here. And so in order to do that, I could just re-create the shape using the Pen tool or I could try to use the Converter Anchor Point tool to turn corner points into curves, et cetera, but I think adding a live effect is a lot easier. So with the object selected, I'm going to go to the Effect menu, I'll go down to Warp, and I'm going to select Arc.

With that selected, I'm going to turn Preview on so you can see exactly what's happening here, and when I do that, you can see that I get a real live preview of what this is going to look like when it's finished. I can drag this up or down to control the amount of the arc so if the client wants it to be arced up, I do like this; if they want it to be down, I do it like this. So in this case, I think we'll need to do it about 10. And I may actually change this from Arc to Arch, just to keep it a little even on each side. It makes it a little cleaner-looking. And I'm going to increase the Bend amount to something like 20. There we go.

And once I hit OK, that is now applied. In other programs, like Photoshop for instance, you might apply a filter to something and you are stuck with it. Well that's not the case inside of Illustrator. All of these effects that you apply get recorded inside of the appearance panel, as I could see when I bring the Appearance panel, Warp is right here. It says Warp: and then the word Arch, letting me know which warp is being applied. Anytime I want to get into modify that, like let's say the client comes back and says "No that's arched up too high. We need it to be a little bit more shallow." That's okay. Just click on Warp and then take back the Bend.

Let's take that back to about 10. I'll preview it first to see it. It's just kind of slight bend; that's okay. Hit OK, and we are good. If the client says "No, I don't want it to be warped at all. I needed this to be straight again," just take that, throw it away, and you have a really straight object once again. So applying these live effects is going to be a great way for you to enhance your workflow because of the fact that you can get in and change them at anytime, you can throw them away at anytime, and they're nondestructive to your artwork.

So the next time you have to do things like warp or change an object, my suggestion would be to explore the Live Effects panel versus trying to do it some other way, and see what you can come up with. And then anytime you need to make a change, just hop right in and do it.

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