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Combining and saving graphic styles

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Video: Combining and saving graphic styles

In this movie, I will show you how to combine the effects of two or more graphic styles, and then I'll show you how to take that custom effect and save it off as your own graphic style. I will be experimenting on this background rectangle. So I will Alt+Click or Option+Click on the background layer to select it, and then I'll switch over to the Appearance panel. And you can see that I have got a single brown fill with two Texturizer Effects assigned to it. If I now bring up the Graphic Styles panel, which you may recall you can also display by pressing Shift+F5, I've got this style midway down called RGB Wood Grain.

Combining and saving graphic styles

In this movie, I will show you how to combine the effects of two or more graphic styles, and then I'll show you how to take that custom effect and save it off as your own graphic style. I will be experimenting on this background rectangle. So I will Alt+Click or Option+Click on the background layer to select it, and then I'll switch over to the Appearance panel. And you can see that I have got a single brown fill with two Texturizer Effects assigned to it. If I now bring up the Graphic Styles panel, which you may recall you can also display by pressing Shift+F5, I've got this style midway down called RGB Wood Grain.

If I just go ahead and click on it, then after a couple of progress bars you can see that I have replaced the old fill with a different shade of brown. And I have 3 totally new effects, all of which are assigned to the objects, instead to the fill--not that it makes any difference, because the one fill is all we have. Now let's say I am looking at this effect and I'm thinking, okay you know, that looks pretty good. I love that cheap vinyl goop that's on the surface there, which is a function of plastic wrap. But I don't like the darkness of the effect, and that's a function of Accented Edges.

So I could just turn off Accented Edges, by clicking on its eyeball in order to make that darkness go away. Now let's say I want the angle of Wood Grain to be Horizontal instead of Vertical, then I would click on Grain in order to bring up the Effect Gallery dialog box, and I would change the Grain type from Vertical to Horizontal, as you see here. Now you can choose one of the other ones if you like, but they're not going to give you Wood Grain Effect. You are going to get a different kind of Noise Effect, like so.

Anyway, I will go ahead and switch to Horizontal; the Numerical settings are just fine, so I'll click OK. Now then let's say I want to take a look at a different effect. I will bring up the Graphic Styles panel and this time I'll try out RGB Rust. Now again, if I just click on RGB Rust, this is a pretty complicated one. So I am going to see a lot of progress bars for the various dynamic effects that I am applying. But I went ahead and wiped out all the Wood Grain, including my custom adjustments; and I've replaced the effect with Diffuse Glow, Craquelure, and two occasions of Splatter that are applied to these two different Fills.

But what if that's not what you want, what if you want to be able to keep what you had before and heap on the new stuff as well? Well, in that case you'd press Ctrl+Z or Command +Z on the Mac in order to undo that change, and you'd press the Alt key or the Option key on the Mac and click on RGB Rust in this case, in order to add the effects together. You will see the progress bars once again; you've got to wait them out, nothing to be done there. But in the end, you'll see that you've retained your Grain Effect, which is the Wood Grain. I've even kept my Accented Edges, even though they're turned off. And I've kept my Plastic Wrap along with that original brown Fill; plus I have a couple of new Spatter Fills.

And then I also have Diffuse Glow and Craquelure. Now obviously if I wanted to, I could further adjust my settings, but let's say I'm just gleeful over what I'm seeing on screen here and I want to be able to save off this Graphic Style so I can replicate it on a different path outline. Then what you do, pretty obvious, you click on the little page icon at the bottom of the Graphic Styles panel. What's not obvious is, if you click on the page then Illustrator just creates an unnamed style, which you definitely do not want. Because even though these thumbnails are moderately helpful, they are by no means enough to get a sense for what the style actually does.

So what you want to do is force to display of the Graphic Style options dialog box, and you do that by Alt+Clicking or Option+ Clicking on the page icon, and I'll go ahead and call this Wood & Texture, like so. And then I'll click OK. Now I have got to warn you in advance that Illustrator has to display a bunch of progress bars when you create the styles. So the same progress bars we saw before will appear at the exact same pace they appeared before. And I'm not sure exactly why that is, but it is something that happens. And I'll go ahead and scroll down the list, and there is my new style complete with the ampersand, which used to get lost by the way inside Illustrator CS5 and earlier.

All right, so I will go ahead and hide the Graphic Styles panel. Press the F key a couple of times in order to switch to the Full Screen mode, and zoom in on my artwork. And that, friends, is how you combine the effects of Multiple Graphic Styles; as well as create your own Custom Graphic Style, which is saved as part of the active document here inside Illustrator.

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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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