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In Illustrator CS5 One-on-One: Mastery, the third and final part of the comprehensive Illustrator One-on-One series, author and industry expert Deke McClelland shows how to take advantage of the wide array of dynamic effects in Illustrator CS5. Deke explores Illustrator’s powerful Gradient Mesh feature, great for creating photorealistic airbrushing effects. He also covers graphic styles, the liquify tools, envelope-style distortions, the new Bristle Brushes, 3D text, and perspective drawing. Exercise files accompany the course.
I've saved my progress as All birds are go.ai. In this exercise, we're going to take this birds graph right here, and we're going to introduce it into the final island background. So if you're working along with me, make sure that you have this illustration open, as well as this one: it's called Lonely island.ai. It's everything that we saw at the outset of this chapter, except for the graph itself. All right, so I'm going to go back to All birds are go.ai and I'm going to click anywhere on the graph with my Black Arrow tool to select the entire thing. Then I'll go up to the Edit menu and choose the Copy command, or press Ctrl+C. Now I'll switch over to Lonely island.ai, and I want you to click on this line of text right here, the one that says Percentage Of The Population Purporting To Be: Go and select that. It is the one and only object on this graph layer inside the Layers panel.
Then go to the flyout menu and make sure Paste Remembers layers is turned off; that way we can go ahead and paste the graph onto this existing layer inside of this illustration. Assuming it's turned off, then I want to go to the Edit menu and choose the Paste in Back command, or press Ctrl+B, Command+B on a Mac, and you go ahead and paste the graph in back of that text. It's also in back of the island, by the way. And it's fairly hidden by the island, so what I would recommend you do for now is go ahead and turn off the Title & Island layer, so that you can better see what's going on inside of your graph.
And you might want to go ahead and lock down ocean and sky, like so, so click in that Lock column right there. Then go ahead and zoom into your illustration, and I want to move things over to about here. So in other words, that final blue column cuts through the R in Percentage, and the top of the orange column is about even with the underside of the text. That's where the graph needs to be. Now, a couple of changes that I want to make here. I'm going to go ahead and click off the graph with my Black Arrow tool, grab my Group Selection tool of course, and I'm going to click on this little tick mark right there. I'm going to click 1, 2, 3 times in order to select that entire category axis, and I'm going to Shift+Click on the Vertical value axis to select it as well. And let's go and change the color of that stroke from black to white, and I'm also going to change the line weight from 1 point to 0.5 and press the Enter key, or the Return key on a Mac.
Now I'm going to go ahead and select all this text by marqueeing it; that's just the easiest way to work. So I'll go ahead and marquee the percentages, Shift+ marquee the years, go ahead and Shift+ marquee this legend text as well, and let's change all of that text to white. In my case, the fill is active here in the Swatches panel, so I'm just going to click on the white swatch. And all that text changes to white as well. And I'm going to re-marquee this Value axis text here, the 80 through 100, and I'm going to press Shift+Left arrow a couple of times and Shift+Up arrow once as well, in order to nudge that text over to the left and upward just ever so slightly.
All right, now I'll click off the text to deselect it. The only thing left to do is to move these legend items around little bit. So I'm going to go ahead and marquee all them and drag them to this point over here, just to get them out of the way, and then I'll turn on the Title & Island layer, so I can once again see what I'm doing. Now, what I want to do is horizontally align these items with each other, and I'll show you how I'm going to do that. I'm going to click off the items to deselect them, and then I'll marquee around the blue hummingbird and the word Peaceful, like so. In order to get this marquee to workout properly, I'll press Ctrl+K, Command+K on the Mac and I'll show you in the Selection and Anchor Point Display area the Preferences dialog box, I've got Object Selection by Path Only turned on--very important--and then if I switch to Type, I've got Type Object Selection by Path Only turned off.
In that way, I can marquee through the center of the Text and still selected and this is the default setting. So it should be set that way for you as well. Anyway I'm going to cancel it out, and I'm going to press Ctrl+Y, Command+ Y on a Mac, so that I'm working in the Outline mode. And I'm going to go ahead and drag his bottom-right corner of the square once again so that it snaps into alignment with the bottom-right corner of the Joyful square, of the one that's associated with the orange hummingbird. And then I'll double-click on the Group Selection tool in the toolbox, and I'm going to change the Horizontal value to -86 and the Vertical value to zero.
And these are just values that I came up with through trial and error, of course, and then I'll press the Tab key in order to invoke that modification, assuming that the Preview check box is on, and I'll click OK. Now I'm going to grab this guy right here by marqueeing it. This would be the Green Hummingbird of course, the one associated with Living in Harmony, and I'll grab its bottom-right corner and I'll snap it into alignment with the similar Joyful corner right there, the one that's associated with the orange hummingbird once again. And I'll double- click on the Group Selection tool inside the toolbox, and this time I'm going to change the Horizontal value to 72 and the Vertical value to zero.
So +72 for Horizontal, zero for Vertical, and assuming Preview is turned on, you'll see this modification here. Click OK in order to accept the change. Press Ctrl+Y, Command+Y on the Mac, to see what you've done. Now notice that the Harmony text is sticking outside of the artboard. That's no good. So I'll go ahead and marquee these items, like so. And if you're having problems also selecting the island, then just go and lock it down. Might as well lock mine down right now, so I don't have any issues. And I'm going to go ahead and drag this legend text up to about here, I think looks pretty good. And I'll go ahead and zoom out from the illustration and center the illustration on screen as well. I just want to make sure I have the proper placement. I'm going to click off the graph in order to deselect it.
And there we have the final pictograph set against its style and elegant background, created using what is admittedly one of the oldest, most rickety features in all Illustrator in just the same, and even so, it might be the best designers graphing tool in the business.
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