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This course is the third in a four-part series devoted to mastering the premiere graphics creation application, Adobe Illustrator, version CS6. Industry pro Deke McClelland takes a project-based learning approach to the key features in Illustrator, including Recolor Artwork, transparency, masks, blend modes, strokes and fills, and dynamic effects. The course also covers techniques for creating custom gradients, designing logos, generating photorealistic neon text, and wrapping type around objects. Plus, Deke shows how to call up the most essential features by organizing your workspace and employing time-saving keyboard shortcuts, how to manage the color settings, and how to adjust a few settings to make the program work even better.
In this movie I'll demonstrate how you can blend between entire groups of objects at a time, which is an exceedingly powerful way to create more complex artwork. So I'll go ahead and scroll down to this railing down at the bottom of the sarcophagus. And all these objects are contained on this low fence layer, which is once again locked, so I'll go ahead and click on the lock icon to unlock it, and then I'll twirl open the layer. Now we have a handful of path outlines that represent this gray railing, as well as this end cap here and this facing directly above the grass.
But the objects that I really want to draw your attention to are these two groups right here. So notice that we have this upright post over here on the left-hand side, and then we have this more angled post on the right-hand side. It's going to be easier to tell what's going on if I select a different layer color, so I'll double-click on this low fence layer in order to bring up the Layer Options dialog box, and then I'll change the color to yellow-- something bright that I'll really stand out. So notice if I drag this right-hand railing over to the left that we have two very different railings. Even though they look quite similar, one is at a steeper angle and it's also shorter, both of which subscribe to the loss of perspective drawing.
And so what we need to do is create a handful of posts in between these two, so I'll go ahead and press Ctrl+Z or Command+ Z on a Mac to undo that move. Now these objects are not super complicated, but they're too compensated to pull off with a single path outline, which is why each one of the groups contains two outlines. And notice that the top path is the vertical post itself, and then in the bottom path is the ball at the top of the post. And that's how the path outlines are organized inside both groups. So we have the same thing going on over here on the left-hand side; we've got the vertical post in front and then the round ball in back of it--and that's very important by the way.
Anytime that you're going to blend between groups, you need to make sure you have the same number of paths inside of both groups, and that the paths are stacked the same inside of both of the groups as well. Assuming that's a case, I'll go ahead and twirl this layer closed here and I'll click on the right-hand post and then I'll Shift+Click on left-hand post. And now what you want to do is as usual go up to the Object menu, choose Blend, and then choose Make or press Ctrl+Alt+B or Command+Option+ B on a Mac, and you create a bunch of intermediate posts as you see here.
I don't want to see nearly that many posts, so I'll double-click on a Blend tool icon in the toolbox and then I'll change the Spacing to Specified Steps, and this time instead of 15 steps, I'll go ahead and take that number down to 5, turn on the Preview checkbox so we can see what we're doing, and click OK. And notice that as a result of this blend, each one of these posts both grows in size and straightens up as we proceed from right to left. So in a sense what we're creating is a power duplication series, and that's how you create a more complicated procession of objects by blending between groups here inside Illustrator.
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