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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 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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