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Applying a stroke to an entire layer

From: Illustrator CS6 One-on-One: Advanced

Video: Applying a stroke to an entire layer

In this movie, I'll show you how to embed an extra stroke into the group that contains the triangle, as well as stroke the entire layer--which is possible in Illustrator--in order to convert the current version of the nautilus shell into this one here, which features this black stroke, that not only goes all the way around the shell, but coils all the way in through the interior as well. So the first thing that we need to do is go ahead and zoom way in on that triangle, and I want to take this bottom segment here. So I'll press the A key in order to access the White Arrow tool and I'll click along that bottom segment to select it, and then I'll press Ctrl+C or Cmd+C on the Mac in order to copy it, and I'll press Ctrl+F or Cmd+F on the Mac in order to paste it in front.

Applying a stroke to an entire layer

In this movie, I'll show you how to embed an extra stroke into the group that contains the triangle, as well as stroke the entire layer--which is possible in Illustrator--in order to convert the current version of the nautilus shell into this one here, which features this black stroke, that not only goes all the way around the shell, but coils all the way in through the interior as well. So the first thing that we need to do is go ahead and zoom way in on that triangle, and I want to take this bottom segment here. So I'll press the A key in order to access the White Arrow tool and I'll click along that bottom segment to select it, and then I'll press Ctrl+C or Cmd+C on the Mac in order to copy it, and I'll press Ctrl+F or Cmd+F on the Mac in order to paste it in front.

And it should appear inside the group, which it looks like it did, but I can confirm that here inside the Layers panel as well by twirling open the Nautilus layer, and then I'll twirl open the Group and confirm that I have two paths inside of it. All right! Now what I want to do is get rid of the fills. There are two fills that are assigned to the triangle, and they come over along with our new segment as well. So I'll switch to the Appearance panel. I'll click on one fill. Shift+Click on the other in order to select them both, and then I'll click on the Trashcan icon. All right! Now I want to change the color of this stroke to black, so I'll go ahead and click on the stroke's Color Swatch here inside the Appearance panel and I'll change it to Black.

And then I really want this guy in the background, so I'll press Ctrl+Shift+Left Bracket or Cmd+Shift+Left Bracket in order to move it in back of the triangle. All right! Let's go ahead and zoom in some more here, because this may have thrown off our allignment a little, and it looks like it did. We have some corners that are showing up right around the triangle, which means the effect just gets worse and worse toward the perimeter of the shell. So I'll go ahead and scroll back toward the triangle, and what I want to do here is keep an eye on this neighboring corner, and then marquee both of these anchor points, because we now have two shapes inside of this group.

And I'll press the Up Arrow Key and then maybe the Left Arrow Key as well, and Up Arrow and Left Arrow again in order to nudge this point to a better position so we get a smoother outline, and that looks pretty darn good. I also want to check to see that I don't have any holes showing up in the center here, and so I could once again confirm that by Alt+ Clicking or Option+Clicking on the triangle and reducing that line weight to 0.1, and it looks like everything is great. So I'll go ahead and press Ctrl+Z or Cmd+Z on the Mac to reinstate the 1 point line weight, and I'll press Ctrl+0 or Cmd+0 on the Mac in order to zoom out.

Now, to me, that looks like I've got too thick of a black stroke going, so I'm going to Alt+Drag around the bottom of the triangle--that would be an Option+Drag on the Mac--in order to select that bottom segment. And then I'll Shift+Alt+ Click on the triangle--that's a Shift+Option+Click on the Mac--in order to deselect it, so just that tiny black line is selected. And I'll change the line weight to 0.5 and that will reduce the weight of all the lines, bearing in mind of course that the stroke is getting thicker and thicker and thicker as it is transformed outward, because we've set the Transformation effect to scale those strokes.

All right! Now we need to extend the stroke to this section of the nautilus, but there's nothing really there to stroke. Even so, I can make Illustrator think there's something there by moving up the hierarchy. In other words, we've got this group right here that has the Transform effect assigned to it. If I switch over to the Layers panel, you can see that the Group is enclosed inside a layer. So I'll go ahead and meatball the layer in order to select it. Then I'll switch back to the Appearance panel. Currently we've got nothing going on where the layer is concerned, but I can easily add a stroke to it by clicking on the Add New Stroke icon.

And notice that we make an absolute mess of the illustration, as you can see here, because Illustrator is stroking every possible conceivable thing inside of the nautilus shell, including both sides of the stroke and the center of the stroke as well. And I'm going to make that effect even worse by raising this line weight value to something like, let's say for now 10 points, and you can see that we've completely destroyed the shell. Well, here's what you do. With the stroke active here inside the Appearance panel, you go up to the Effect menu. You choose Pathfinder, and you choose Add, because you can apply many of the Pathfinder operations inside of a layer or group or text object as Dynamic Effects inside Illustrator.

So I'll go ahead and choose Add and you'll notice that goes ahead and gets rid of all the overlapping stuff inside the shell. But then we have another problem. I'll go ahead and zoom in here, and you can see that the line is extending into the shell. If you click on the word Stroke there, you'll see that you don't have access to your Allign Stroke options because they're only available to you when you're stroking a standard path. So what we need to do instead is move the stroke behind the nautilus shell, and you do that by grabbing the stroke and moving it behind the contents, and that produces this effect here.

All right! Now I'll scroll to the bottom left corner of the shell right here, and notice that we've got another problem. The outside stroke--the one that's assigned to the layer--is not aligned to the one that's assigned to the actual shell. Now, I want you to see something. If I switch to the Contents by double-clicking on them and double-clicking again--in which case I now have the two paths selected independently--you can go back up to the layer now any time you like just by clicking on it- which means I could just select the triangle with the Black Arrow tool, for example, and then click on Layer here inside Layers panel in order to regain access to my stroke.

Now, I'm going to click inside Line Weight value and press the Up Arrow Key in order to nudge the line weight upward until I see these guys aligned with each other, and that looks like that happened at 15 points. So we've got a nice clean corner. All right! Now I'll press Ctrl+0 or Cmd+0 on the Mac to once again zoom out. And that's how you create a stroke that coils through the center of the nautilus, as well as around the entire thing, by adding a stroke to the group, as well as a stroke to the layer, here inside Illustrator.

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Illustrator CS6 One-on-One: Advanced

118 video lessons · 14919 viewers

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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