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In Illustrator CS5 One-on-One: Advanced, author and industry expert Deke McClelland teaches how to take advantage of the wide array of dynamic features in Illustrator CS5. This course demonstrates how to apply these features to paths, groups, and editable text to create professional-quality artwork. The course covers Live Trace, Live Paint, and Live Color, as well as symbols, gradients, exporting, and integration with Photoshop. Exercise files accompany the course.
I've saved my changes as The regal tiki.ai. We're now going to switch over to a more elaborate version of this illustration. It's called Green with red wings.ai. Obviously, it features a green radial gradient in the background. I've also gone ahead and updated tiki. I've created a brand new version of this symbol, that's available to you here inside the Symbols panel. It's called Green tiki. But otherwise, the lions and their wings are just the same as they were before. Well, I want them to look different. I want the lions to be green with heavy black outlines.
I want the wings to look like they're on fire. So, how might we accomplish that? Well, we can apply some more local overrides. This time these local color overrides will be a little more elaborate than what we saw before. So I'm going to click on one of the lions to select it. Then to select all the other lions, you go up to the Select menu, choose Same, and choose Symbol Instance, and that will get all of them as you can see there. Then in the Appearance panel, I'm going to add a new fill by dropping down to the Add New Fill icon and clicking on it, or of course, I could press Ctrl+Slash (/), Command+Slash (/) on the Mac, and then, I'm going to Shift+Click on this fill color right there, because I want to dial-in a custom color here inside the Color panel.
That color is going to be 75% Cyan, 15% Magenta, 100% Yellow, and 0% Black, like so, and we end up getting this effect. Now we're going to add a stroke. So go up to the Stroke icon, because when you add a new fill, and there isn't a stroke, you add a stroke as well. Go ahead and click on that Stroke to make it active. Shift+Click again on the Stroke swatch, and we're going to dial-in another custom color. It's going to be 50% Cyan, as well as 30 % Magenta, then, I'll change the Yellow value to 50%, and finally, I'm going to change the Black value to 90%.
So, you can follow along with me, you can go your own way, but those are the values I've applied. Then I went ahead and took the Stroke weight value up to 4 points, like so. Now the stroke is covering up all of the fill, that looks terrible. So I'll go ahead, and drag the Stroke below the Fill, like that, and we end up getting this effect. Now it's still not quite exactly what I want. I want to create a kind of offset effect. So I'm going to click on the Stroke to make it active. I'll go up to the Effect menu, choose Distort & Transform, and choose our old buddy, the Transform command, at least it's my old buddy.
I just love this command. If you've loaded the Deke Keys, Ctrl+E, command+E on the Mac, and I'm going to change both the Horizontal and Vertical values to one point, so it's just a one point nudge to the right and down. I'll turn on the Preview check box to see what I've done. It looks pretty great in my opinion. Click OK in order to accept that modification. Now I'm going to select one of the wings. As I say, we're going to light them on fire. We're going to do so using a couple of dynamic effects. So, click on one of the wings to make it active. Go up to the Select menu, choose Same, and then choose Stroke Instance; very useful command for selecting a bunch of the same instances here inside the Illustrator.
Now with the symbols active, I want you to go up to the Effect menu. I want you to choose Stylize, and then choose Inner Glow. We're going to apply a pretty custom effect here. So the mode should be set to Screen, that's just fine. I'm going to click on the Color Swatch however. I'm going to dial-in these values, which are 2 for Cyan. Where I've got these values? I have no idea; 2 for Cyan, 7 for Magenta, and 100% for Yellow. So we get this incredibly bright yellow color mitigated by just a little bit of cyan and magenta, go figure.
Anyway, click OK in order to accept that value. Change the Opacity to a 100%. Change the Blur to 16 points, so we have a lot of blur. Click on the Preview check box. Notice what that does? Again, this is a local override. We're not changing the underlying symbol definition. We're just plopping effects on top of the instances. I'll click OK to accept that modification. Let's also add an outer glow by going back up to the Effect menu, choosing Stylize, and choosing the Outer Glow command. This time, instead of changing the mode to Screen, I want to get a darkening effect.
So Screen is going to give you a lightning effect, a traditional glow. Whereas, if you want a darkening effect, you select its neighbor here Multiply, and then, I'll click on the Color Swatch. Dial-in some more terribly arbitrary values here. 0 is fine for cyan, 94 of all values for Magenta, 88 for Yellow, and then 0 for K. Again, I don't know where I came up with these values. But they work pretty nicely. Click OK in order to accept that modification. Raise the Opacity value again to a 100%.
Change the Blur value. Oops! Not to one, but to 12 like so, and then, turn on the Preview check box, so we end up getting that uniform darkening effect around each one of the wings. Click OK in order to accept that modification, and we have all kinds of local color overrides applied to our instances without affecting the underlying symbol definition here inside Illustrator.
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