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Applying a single effect multiple times

From: Illustrator CS6 One-on-One: Advanced

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This next project is a kind of laboratory of dynamic effects. In all we have 36 effects working together with each other, some of which are applied to strokes, others to fills, some to path outlines or text objects. I've even assigned a couple of dynamic effects to entire layers. And as a result we have an extremely flexible design that we can change anytime we like. For example, I'll switch over to the Layers panel and Alt+Click or Option+Click on the i in front of the bottom layer in the stack. And it appears as if we have three circles, this Byzantine Spirograph Pattern, and then these scalloped edges; but as I'm sure it will not come as a huge surprise by now, if I press Ctrl+Y or Command+Y on a Mac in order to switch to the outline mode, I have in fact just one circle and nothing more. And yet it imparts this much visual information.

Applying a single effect multiple times

This next project is a kind of laboratory of dynamic effects. In all we have 36 effects working together with each other, some of which are applied to strokes, others to fills, some to path outlines or text objects. I've even assigned a couple of dynamic effects to entire layers. And as a result we have an extremely flexible design that we can change anytime we like. For example, I'll switch over to the Layers panel and Alt+Click or Option+Click on the i in front of the bottom layer in the stack. And it appears as if we have three circles, this Byzantine Spirograph Pattern, and then these scalloped edges; but as I'm sure it will not come as a huge surprise by now, if I press Ctrl+Y or Command+Y on a Mac in order to switch to the outline mode, I have in fact just one circle and nothing more. And yet it imparts this much visual information.

So in this movie, I'm going to start things off by showing you how to create that red spirograph pattern. I'll go ahead and switch over to my base document here, which features the font Hobo Standard, as you can see. Now you may or may not have Hobo installed on your system. If not, then you can try out this document right here, it's called Text outlines.ai, which contains the text converted to outlines. The only difference in your experience if you follow along with me will be that you can't modify this text at the very end of the project.

Anyway I'm going to switchover to the version of the document that contains the editable text, and then I'll turn off this top layer Stars & Text, and I'll click on a circle in order to select it. And I'll create a new layer by pressing Ctrl+Alt+L or Command+Option+L on a Mac. That brings up the dialog box and creates the layer below the active one. And I'll go ahead and call those guy another circle and then I'll click OK. And now I'll duplicate the circle onto this letter by pressing the Alt key or the Option key on the Mac, and dragging that little orange square until it becomes a green square on the bottom layer in the stack. And then I'll go ahead and turn off the circle & bar layer so I can focus it on what I'm doing. And I might as well zoom in on the document as well.

All right, so step number 1 is to switch over to the Appearance panel, which is where you apply all your dynamic effects inside of Illustrator, and then click on the Add New Stroke icon down here on the bottom left corner of the panel or you can press Ctrl+Alt+/ or Command+Option+/ on the Mac. And I'm going to change the Line Weight to 1 pt. and then I'll change the color of the stroke to red. And then I will create a thin red stroke nested inside the black stroke. That's not where I wanted however, so, I'll go up to the Effect menu choose Distort and Transform and then choose the Transform command, or if you loaded dekeKeys, you can press Ctrl+E or Command+E on the Mac.

Next, I'll go ahead and dial in Horizontal and Vertical scale values of 97% and I'll turn on the Preview checkbox just to make sure that I like what I'm doing. And by the way, you want the center point selected inside these little reference point matrix, and you want to turn Scale Strokes & Effects off this time around. Transform Object should be turned on, Transform Patterns doesn't matter. Then go ahead and click OK to apply that effect. All right, now I'll click on a new stroke that I just created in order to make it active, and I'll drop down to little page icon and click on it in order to create a copy of that stroke.

Now I want the start of this stroke to be the same size, so I'll leave this Transform Effect in place; but I also want to go ahead and apply some additional transforms. So, make sure the stroke is active, as it is for me. Then go to the Effect menu and choose the second command, or you can press that keyboard shortcut Ctrl+Shift+Alt+E or Command+Shift+ Option+E on the Mac in order to reapply the filter. If you haven't set Don't Show Again to this warning, which I suggest you don't, then you'll see this alert message. And that's a good thing, because it means you've the stroke selected.

You want to click on Apply New Effect in order to apply another variation on the Transform Effect, and this time you want the Horizontal value to be 10 and you want the Vertical value to be 100. Go ahead turn on the Preview checkbox so you can see that creates an ellipse, which is exactly what we want. So go ahead and click OK in order to accept that transform. Now notice, if I were to return to the Effect menu and choose Transform again, then I don't get the warning this time around. Which tells me that something is goofed up and in fact, my stroke is no longer active. So you have to click on that stroke over and over again.

Anyway, I'll cancel out, because that's not what I want, and then I'll go ahead and click on that stroke in order to select it once again. Then when you go to the Effect menu and choose Transform, you get the warning, which is a good sign. Click Apply New Effect. And then you want to change the Angle value-- for this specific spirograph technique, you can go your own way--but in my case I'm going to change it to 9 degrees, and it should be a value that could be divided out of 180 degrees. And in our case, of course, 180 divided by 9 is 20, which will become important in just a moment.

Anyway, I'm going to turn on the Preview checkbox and that goes ahead and rotates that guy and scales him. I don't want to scale, so I'll go ahead and set the Horizontal value back to 100%. And now I'll drop to the Copies value, and I'll press the Up Arrow key in order to do this number here. And what we want is to go ahead and fill out the entire effect with these rotated ellipses, and that happens at 19 copies. The reason being, 180 degrees divided by 9 degree is 20, we have one original, we add that to the 19 copies and once again we get 20.

All right, so click OK in order to accept that effect. And you may wonder, well, couldn't have we done this more efficiently using a single application of transform? And the answer is no, there's really no way to pull that off. The first one up here at the top goes ahead and establishes the base size, so it makes it a little smaller so that it fits inside of the stroke below it. And then the next one establishes the first ellipse, without which we're not going to get anywhere; and then of course, the third application of transform duplicates the ellipse to create the pattern.

All right, so that's the base spirograph pattern. In the next movie I'll show you how to build on the pattern to create this more elaborate design.

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Illustrator CS6 One-on-One: Advanced

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Deke McClelland
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  1. 43m 9s
    1. Welcome to One-on-One
      2m 9s
    2. Introducing my custom keyboard shortcuts
      6m 52s
    3. Installing my dekeKeys shortcuts on Windows
      4m 46s
    4. Installing my dekeKeys shortcuts on the Mac
      4m 18s
    5. Remapping your Macintosh OS shortcuts
      3m 10s
    6. Adjusting a few key Preferences settings
      8m 13s
    7. Understanding the color-managed workflow
      6m 51s
    8. Establishing the optimal Color Settings
      6m 50s
  2. 1h 11m
    1. Illustrator's oldest dynamic functions
      1m 28s
    2. Creating a multicolor blend
      7m 12s
    3. Establishing a clipping mask
      5m 40s
    4. Reinstating the colors of a clipping path
      8m 1s
    5. Editing individual blended paths
      4m 44s
    6. Adjusting the number of steps in a blend
      7m 15s
    7. Fixing problems with the Blend tool
      4m 2s
    8. Blending different levels of opacity
      4m 45s
    9. Editing the spine of a blend
      5m 3s
    10. Adding a custom spine to any blend
      5m 5s
    11. Advanced blending and masking techniques
      6m 18s
    12. Blending between entire groups
      3m 2s
    13. Adjusting the speed of a blend
      3m 21s
    14. Rotating objects in 3D space
      5m 36s
  3. 1h 0m
    1. Illustrator's logo-making features
      1m 8s
    2. Customizing a single character of type
      5m 25s
    3. Combining a letterform with a path outline
      7m 48s
    4. Creating logo type along an open path
      5m 3s
    5. Creating logo type around a closed circle
      3m 57s
    6. Vertical alignment, orientation, and spacing
      4m 55s
    7. Warping logo type around a circle
      6m 56s
    8. Creating a classic neon type effect
      5m 39s
    9. Adding random neon brightness fluctuations
      5m 19s
    10. Creating neon "block outs" between letters
      7m 44s
    11. Adding neon blur and bokeh in Photoshop
      6m 16s
  4. 46m 19s
    1. Generating colors using harmony rules
      1m 31s
    2. Introducing the Color Guide panel
      5m 16s
    3. The 23 color harmony rules, diagrammed
      8m 16s
    4. Mixing and matching color harmonies
      5m 59s
    5. Color groups and custom harmony rules
      6m 18s
    6. Working in the Edit Colors dialog box
      7m 4s
    7. Expanding on an existing harmony rule
      6m 51s
    8. Constraining colors to a predefined library
      5m 4s
  5. 32m 44s
    1. Changing lots of colors all at once
      1m 2s
    2. Introducing the Recolor Artwork command
      4m 58s
    3. Recoloring with the help of swatch groups
      4m 35s
    4. Changing the color-assignment order
      6m 44s
    5. Reducing the number of colors in your art
      5m 7s
    6. Applying tints and shades of a single swatch
      5m 37s
    7. Recoloring artwork that contains gradients
      4m 41s
  6. 1h 15m
    1. Painting with path outlines
      1m 24s
    2. Introducing the Brushes panel
      4m 25s
    3. Applying and editing a calligraphic brush
      7m 34s
    4. Applying and scaling an art brush
      6m 12s
    5. Applying and editing a scatter brush
      5m 31s
    6. Formatting and scaling brushed text
      5m 45s
    7. Designing a custom art brush
      7m 35s
    8. Creating (or replacing) an art brush
      6m 42s
    9. Refining a brush to fit ends and corners
      4m 11s
    10. Expanding, filling, and stroking a brush
      7m 4s
    11. Type on a path vs. text as an art brush
      7m 3s
    12. Distorting text with the Width tool
      8m 49s
    13. Infusing your artwork with a tile pattern
      3m 13s
  7. 58m 24s
    1. The many forms of transparency
      1m 38s
    2. Creating translucency with the Opacity value
      4m 21s
    3. Darken, Multiply, and Color Burn
      6m 15s
    4. Lighten, Screen, and Color Dodge
      5m 8s
    5. Overlay, Soft Light, Hard Light, Difference, and Exclusion
      4m 59s
    6. Hue, Saturation, Color, and Luminosity
      5m 12s
    7. Combining the effects of multiple blend modes
      6m 42s
    8. Isolating blending and Knockout Group
      7m 37s
    9. Combining blend modes with dynamic effects
      7m 25s
    10. Exporting transparency from Illustrator
      9m 7s
  8. 1h 39m
    1. The Layers panel for dynamic attributes
      1m 4s
    2. Applying attributes in the Appearance panel
      6m 15s
    3. Creating depth using translucent strokes
      5m 37s
    4. Adding, layering, and offsetting strokes
      6m 12s
    5. Duplicating entire groups of attributes
      7m 55s
    6. Turning stacked strokes into editable paths
      5m 43s
    7. Simplifying a multi-stroke effect
      6m 31s
    8. Applying the Convert to Shape effect
      7m 47s
    9. Adding aligned patterns and shadows
      8m 16s
    10. Drawing with arrowheads and angled strokes
      8m 49s
    11. Employing overlapping gradient strokes
      8m 25s
    12. Drawing circular stroke elements
      10m 13s
    13. Outlining an entire multi-stroke effect
      8m 39s
    14. Creating seamless wood grain in Photoshop
      8m 11s
  9. 1h 12m
    1. The best features in Illustrator
      1m 38s
    2. Repeating a series of transformations
      6m 18s
    3. Adjusting and updating a dynamic effect
      6m 37s
    4. Applying a stroke to an entire layer
      6m 24s
    5. Improving the performance of drop shadows
      5m 40s
    6. Applying a single effect multiple times
      6m 10s
    7. Creating an intricate Spirograph pattern
      7m 10s
    8. Adding scalloped edges with Pucker & Bloat
      4m 40s
    9. Applying a dynamic Pathfinder to a layer
      3m 56s
    10. Creating beveled ornaments
      6m 50s
    11. Creating a sculptural type effect
      5m 59s
    12. Subtracting editable text from a path
      7m 6s
    13. Editing text inside a dynamic effect
      4m 25s
  10. 27m 40s
    1. Never remember anything again, ever
      1m 41s
    2. The pixel-based Effect Gallery
      3m 53s
    3. Copying effects from one layer to another
      4m 44s
    4. Introducing the Graphic Styles panel
      4m 11s
    5. Correcting previews in the Effect Gallery
      4m 36s
    6. Adjusting the resolution of your effects
      4m 0s
    7. Combining and saving graphic styles
      4m 35s
  11. 1h 13m
    1. Two powerful graphics programs combine forces
      1m 5s
    2. Creating a perfectly centered star shape
      6m 52s
    3. Precisely scaling concentric circles
      7m 47s
    4. Adding reflective highlights with the Flare tool
      6m 23s
    5. Two ways to rasterize vector art for Photoshop
      7m 37s
    6. Importing vector art as a Smart Object
      6m 47s
    7. Creating a lens flare effect in Photoshop
      7m 56s
    8. Photographic texture and brushed highlights
      6m 26s
    9. Modifying a vector Smart Object in Illustrator
      6m 33s
    10. Converting Illustrator paths to shape layers
      6m 27s
    11. Assign layer effects to native shape layers
      5m 55s
    12. Completing a work of photorealistic art
      3m 46s
  12. 1m 5s
    1. Until next time
      1m 5s

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