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Assigning a gradient stroke


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Designing Your Own Online Avatar

with Deke McClelland

Video: Assigning a gradient stroke

Alright. Now at this point, you'll notice that we're starting to lose these neck lines, right here. That is this stroke and this stroke, as well. Which is why, in this movie, we're going to go ahead and recolor these strokes, using a solid color, over here on the right hand side. And a gradient, over here on the left. And you'll need Illustrator CS 6 or later to pull this one off. So I'll start by selecting this right hand stroke and I'll press the I key in order to switch to the eye dropper, and I'll click on this stroke right there in order to lift it's attributes.
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  1. 2m 3s
    1. Welcome
      2m 3s
  2. 43m 10s
    1. Preparing a photographic tracing template
      4m 9s
    2. Tracing eyes with the Ellipse tool
      7m 30s
    3. Tracing features with the Pen tool
      5m 43s
    4. Drawing asymmetrical facial features
      3m 58s
    5. New ways to draw in Illustrator CC
      5m 24s
    6. Using the new and improved Pencil tool
      8m 5s
    7. Roughing in hair and other complex features
      8m 21s
  3. 36m 53s
    1. Reshaping paths to enhance their accuracy
      7m 54s
    2. Assembling and exaggerating eyes
      7m 0s
    3. Reflecting and joining symmetrical shapes
      10m 44s
    4. Separating and enlarging a face
      3m 14s
    5. Establishing variety with stroke attributes
      8m 1s
  4. 52m 57s
    1. Coloring areas with Pathfinder operations
      5m 44s
    2. Coloring areas with the Live Paint Bucket
      6m 4s
    3. Independently scaling facial features
      7m 43s
    4. Updating a photographic template
      5m 25s
    5. Shading a face to match a photograph
      9m 19s
    6. Editing paths inside a clipping group
      9m 21s
    7. Adding additional shading
      9m 21s
  5. 52m 9s
    1. Shading a face with gradients
      8m 9s
    2. Assigning a gradient stroke
      2m 31s
    3. Creating a seamless fabric texture
      7m 4s
    4. Customizing a predefined pattern
      4m 25s
    5. Designing a custom crosshatch pattern
      13m 57s
    6. Combining gradients with crosshatching
      5m 57s
    7. Adjusting crosshatching to suit filled paths
      4m 44s
    8. Repositioning patterns inside paths
      5m 22s
  6. 22m 3s
    1. Curling a neutral lip into a wry smile
      4m 37s
    2. Adding playful smile lines
      5m 41s
    3. Clearing guides and arching eyebrows
      4m 19s
    4. Adding selective wrinkle lines
      7m 26s
  7. 7m 1s
    1. Saving a universally compatible PNG file
      7m 1s
  8. 46s
    1. Until next time
      46s

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3h 37m Intermediate Apr 22, 2014

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Designs dekeConstructed is a new series that breaks down the creation of cool designs so you can build them on your own. This installment is for everyone who needs an online avatar—that tiny image that has to communicate a thousand words about who you are in less than a square inch. Start by taking a photo of yourself facing forward—the traditional passport style. From there Deke McClelland takes you through the steps to transforming your photo into a cartoon avatar with Illustrator: tracing your features, refining and exaggerating the strokes, adding color and shading, and using gradients and patterns to fill in details like hair. Plus, learn some tricks for infusing your drawing with an extra bit of personality and exporting your final image in the best format for social media sites like Facebook and Twitter.

Topics include:
  • Preparing a photographic tracing template
  • Tracing eyes and other features with the Ellipse and Pen tools
  • Roughing in hair and other complex features
  • Reshaping paths to enhance their accuracy
  • Establishing variety with stroke attributes
  • Coloring the avatar
  • Shading a face with gradients
  • Adding expression and personality
  • Saving a universally compatible PNG file
Subject:
Design
Software:
Illustrator
Author:
Deke McClelland

Assigning a gradient stroke

Alright. Now at this point, you'll notice that we're starting to lose these neck lines, right here. That is this stroke and this stroke, as well. Which is why, in this movie, we're going to go ahead and recolor these strokes, using a solid color, over here on the right hand side. And a gradient, over here on the left. And you'll need Illustrator CS 6 or later to pull this one off. So I'll start by selecting this right hand stroke and I'll press the I key in order to switch to the eye dropper, and I'll click on this stroke right there in order to lift it's attributes.

So that one's pretty darn easy. Alright. Now press Ctrl+Shift+A, or Cmd+Shift+A on a Mac to deselect that line. And you can see that it shows up nicely now. Now I'll press the V key in order to switch to the black arrow tool. And I'll click on this path outline here to select it. And I'll click on a stroke. Which, of course, you can get by choosing Color from the Window menu. Make sure that your Gradient panel is up as well. And then, click on this gradient in order to apply it to the stroke. And this is a feature that is unavailable, by the way, in CS5 and earlier.

And now what you want to do is double click on this light color, the very first color in the gradient. And let's go ahead and change it. And this assumes, by the way, that you're seeing the last gradient you applied, of course. And I'll go ahead and change it to the darker flesh color, which includes an R value of 180. A G value of 100, and a B value of 90. And so now we have the dark color over here on the left, and the medium color over here on the right. Now, we can't use the Gradient tool on a stroke.

So I could grab the Gradient tool, but you can see, it has a little Ghostbusters little no can do. Cursor go in there. So, what we need to do instead is expand the gradient panel by clicking on this little double arrow icon a couple of times. And at first I changed it to 90 degrees, but obviously that's the wrong direction. I'm going from medium to dark. I want to go from dark on top to medium on bottom. So I'll change that angle value to negative 90 instead. Very important by the way that this first stroke option is selected.

Apply gradient within stroke. It's what we want to do. And then you can press Ctrl+Shift+A or Cmd+Shift+A on the Mac in order to deselect the stroke. And you can see that it fades from dark at the top to light at the bottom like so. And that's how you quickly and easily apply a gradient stroke here inside Illustrator CS6 or Later.

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