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Copying appearances


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Illustrator CS5 Essential Training

with Mordy Golding

Video: Copying appearances

There are plenty of times when you already have an object that has some kind of an Appearance applied to it, and you have another object, and you want that other object to pick up the same appearances from another object. For example, in this document, I have a whole line of flowers on the left side here that has some kind of nice Appearance applied to them. On the right side, I have plain flowers. I really want to move the same Appearance that appears to this flower onto this one, meaning I want this flower to look identical to this one right here.
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  1. 3m 35s
    1. Welcome
      1m 18s
    2. What is Illustrator CS5?
      1m 46s
    3. Using the exercise files
      31s
  2. 12m 37s
    1. What are vector graphics?
      6m 3s
    2. Path and appearance
      3m 42s
    3. Stacking
      2m 52s
  3. 32m 6s
    1. The Welcome screen
      2m 23s
    2. Creating files for print
      6m 7s
    3. Creating files for the screen
      2m 55s
    4. Using prebuilt templates
      2m 40s
    5. Adding XMP metadata
      4m 18s
    6. Exploring the panels
      6m 33s
    7. Using the Control panel
      3m 11s
    8. Using workspaces
      3m 59s
  4. 43m 44s
    1. Navigating within a document
      9m 15s
    2. Using rulers and guides
      7m 26s
    3. Using grids
      3m 6s
    4. Using the bounding box
      3m 37s
    5. Using Smart Guides
      5m 56s
    6. The Hide Edges command
      3m 22s
    7. Various preview modes
      3m 47s
    8. Creating custom views
      4m 3s
    9. Locking and hiding artwork
      3m 12s
  5. 28m 46s
    1. Using the basic selection tools
      8m 50s
    2. Using the Magic Wand tool
      5m 22s
    3. Using the Lasso tool
      2m 28s
    4. Selecting objects by attribute or type
      3m 37s
    5. Saving and reusing selections
      2m 15s
    6. Selecting artwork beneath other objects
      2m 13s
    7. Exploring selection preferences
      4m 1s
  6. 1h 16m
    1. The importance of modifier keys
      1m 52s
    2. Drawing closed path primitives
      11m 38s
    3. Drawing open path primitives
      5m 47s
    4. Understanding anchor points
      3m 43s
    5. Drawing straight paths with the Pen tool
      7m 37s
    6. Drawing curved paths with the Pen tool
      9m 47s
    7. Drawing freeform paths with the Pencil tool
      5m 33s
    8. Smoothing and erasing paths
      3m 8s
    9. Editing anchor points
      7m 21s
    10. Joining and averaging paths
      10m 9s
    11. Simplifying paths
      4m 55s
    12. Using Offset Path
      2m 17s
    13. Cleaning up errant paths
      2m 32s
  7. 48m 26s
    1. The Draw Inside and Draw Behind modes
      7m 34s
    2. Creating compound paths
      5m 56s
    3. Creating compound shapes
      8m 0s
    4. Using the Shape Builder tool
      10m 28s
    5. Using Pathfinder functions
      8m 6s
    6. Splitting an object into a grid
      1m 16s
    7. Using the Blob Brush and Eraser tools
      7m 6s
  8. 49m 5s
    1. Creating point text
      4m 2s
    2. Creating area text
      8m 13s
    3. Applying basic character settings
      7m 44s
    4. Applying basic paragraph settings
      4m 28s
    5. Creating text threads
      8m 25s
    6. Setting text along an open path
      6m 29s
    7. Setting text along a closed path
      6m 24s
    8. Converting text into paths
      3m 20s
  9. 18m 55s
    1. Create a logo mark
      11m 26s
    2. Add type to your logo
      7m 29s
  10. 42m 42s
    1. Using the Appearance panel
      8m 21s
    2. Targeting object attributes
      4m 42s
    3. Adding multiple attributes
      4m 25s
    4. Applying Live Effects
      5m 18s
    5. Expanding appearances
      4m 42s
    6. Appearance panel settings
      4m 33s
    7. Copying appearances
      4m 51s
    8. Saving appearances as graphic styles
      5m 50s
  11. 34m 0s
    1. Applying color to artwork
      5m 57s
    2. Creating process and global process swatches
      8m 54s
    3. Creating spot color swatches
      3m 19s
    4. Loading PANTONE and other custom color libraries
      4m 49s
    5. Organizing colors with Swatch Groups
      3m 31s
    6. Finding color suggestions with the Color Guide panel
      4m 24s
    7. Loading the Color Guide with user-defined colors
      3m 6s
  12. 50m 23s
    1. Creating gradients with the Gradient panel
      8m 12s
    2. Modifying gradients with the Gradient Annotator
      4m 37s
    3. Applying and manipulating pattern fills
      5m 33s
    4. Defining your own custom pattern fills
      9m 13s
    5. Applying basic stroke settings
      5m 22s
    6. Creating strokes with dashed lines
      3m 41s
    7. Adding arrowheads to strokes
      2m 45s
    8. Creating variable-width strokes
      4m 35s
    9. Working with width profiles
      2m 36s
    10. Turning strokes into filled paths
      3m 49s
  13. 32m 46s
    1. Creating and editing groups
      8m 18s
    2. Adding attributes to groups
      12m 17s
    3. The importance of using layers
      5m 9s
    4. Using and "reading" the Layers panel
      7m 2s
  14. 12m 13s
    1. Creating and using multiple artboards
      7m 52s
    2. Modifying artboards with the Artboards panel
      2m 2s
    3. Copy and paste options with Artboards
      2m 19s
  15. 31m 10s
    1. Moving and copying artwork
      3m 55s
    2. Scaling or resizing artwork
      6m 47s
    3. Rotating artwork
      2m 44s
    4. Reflecting and skewing artwork
      2m 34s
    5. Using the Free Transform tool
      2m 15s
    6. Repeating transformations
      3m 39s
    7. Performing individual transforms across multiple objects
      2m 10s
    8. Aligning objects and groups precisely
      4m 27s
    9. Distributing objects and spaces between objects
      2m 39s
  16. 35m 40s
    1. Placing pixel-based content into Illustrator
      5m 14s
    2. Managing images with the Links panel
      4m 49s
    3. Converting pixels to paths with Live Trace
      8m 44s
    4. Making Live Trace adjustments
      6m 9s
    5. Controlling colors in Live Trace
      6m 4s
    6. Using Photoshop and Live Trace together
      4m 40s
  17. 14m 42s
    1. Managing repeating artwork with symbols
      4m 38s
    2. Modifying and replacing symbol instances
      3m 8s
    3. Using the Symbol Sprayer tool
      6m 56s
  18. 16m 57s
    1. Cropping photographs
      1m 59s
    2. Clipping artwork with masks
      3m 22s
    3. Clipping the contents of a layer
      3m 31s
    4. Defining masks with soft edges
      8m 5s
  19. 26m 2s
    1. Defining a perspective grid
      7m 48s
    2. Drawing artwork in perspective
      8m 46s
    3. Moving flat art onto the perspective grid
      9m 28s
  20. 25m 8s
    1. Printing your Illustrator document
      3m 26s
    2. Saving your Illustrator document
      6m 39s
    3. Creating PDF files for clients and printers
      7m 30s
    4. Exporting Illustrator files for use in Microsoft Office
      1m 4s
    5. Exporting Illustrator files for use in Photoshop
      2m 31s
    6. Exporting artwork for use on the web
      3m 3s
    7. Exporting high-resolution raster files
      55s
  21. 2m 18s
    1. Additional Illustrator learning resources
      1m 36s
    2. Goodbye
      42s

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Illustrator CS5 Essential Training
10h 37m Beginner Apr 30, 2010

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In Illustrator CS5 Essential Training, author Mordy Golding explains the core concepts and techniques that apply to any workflow in Illustrator, whether designing for print, the web, or assets for other applications. This course includes a detailed explanation of the elements that make up vector graphics—paths, strokes, and fills—and shows how to use each of Illustrator's drawing tools. Also demonstrated are techniques for combining and cleaning up paths, organizing paths into groups and layers, text editing, working with color, effects, and much more. Exercise files accompany the course.

Topics include:
  • Setting up a new document based on the output destination
  • Using rules, guides, and grids
  • Making detailed selections
  • Drawing and editing paths with the Pen and Pencil tools
  • Creating compound vector shapes
  • Understanding the difference between point and area text
  • Applying live effects
  • Creating color swatches
  • Transforming artwork with Rotation, Scale, and Transform effects
  • Placing images
  • Working with masks
  • Printing, saving, and exporting artwork
Subject:
Design
Software:
Illustrator
Author:
Mordy Golding

Copying appearances

There are plenty of times when you already have an object that has some kind of an Appearance applied to it, and you have another object, and you want that other object to pick up the same appearances from another object. For example, in this document, I have a whole line of flowers on the left side here that has some kind of nice Appearance applied to them. On the right side, I have plain flowers. I really want to move the same Appearance that appears to this flower onto this one, meaning I want this flower to look identical to this one right here.

Well, there is a tool inside of Illustrator called the Eyedropper tool, which can help you do this. Let's see how that works. The first thing you need to do is to select the artwork that you want to have changed. So right now, this artwork looks plain. I want it to change in Appearance to make it look more like this one right here. So I'm going to select this piece of artwork right here. Next, I'm going to switch to my Eyedropper tool, which is right here. The keyboard shortcut is the I key for Eyedropper tool.

With it selected, I can now take the Eyedropper tool, and basically pick up the settings, the same way that you might with a regular Eyedropper, from this object. It will automatically be applied to my selected piece of artwork. So again, I first selected the artwork that I want to have changed, which is this one right here. I then use the Eyedropper tool to click on another object that I want to copy the settings from. So in this case, it's here. I'm going to click and instantly now, this artwork looks just like this one.

Now it's not picking up the settings of the Path, all it's doing is it's sampling the Appearance of that artwork, meaning it's taking the same Fill and Stroke, and it's assigning it now to this object. I can do the same thing with the next object right here, but however, I can't just click on this because it's going to modify which object, not this one. This is the one that's currently selected. So what I need to first do is select this object. I don't want to keep switching back and forth between tools to go back to the Tool panel over here. So I'm just going to use the keyboard shortcut, the Command key, to now temporarily switch to my Selection tool.

I'm now going to click over here, again that'd be Ctrl if you're Windows, but Command inside of Mac. I now have this one selected. I will release the Command or Ctrl key. Now I'm back to the Eyedropper tool. I can now click on this object. Now, this object that I had selected picks up the settings from this object here. But now, let's move to these two examples right down over here. These objects have Complex Appearances applied to them. You see until now, we've been applying settings from one object to another, but the objects that we've been sampling from have Basic appearances, a single Fill and a single Stroke.

Well, watch what happens when I start dealing with objects that have Complex Appearances. If I hold down my Command key and select this piece of artwork, because this is the piece of artwork I now want to have changed, I will now use the Eyedropper tool to click on this object, which has multiple Stroke appearances applied to it. When I click on it, you'll see that it only picks up a Basic Appearance. It takes the topmost Stroke, and it takes the topmost Fill - in this case here, the Stroke uses a Two Point Red Dashed Stroke - and that's what I'm left with on my object.

Why didn't it pick up both of the strokes? Why did it not take that thicker black Stroke? Well, the answer is that, by default, inside of Illustrator, the Eyedropper tool only samples the Basic Appearance of an object. So if I were to go ahead now and Command+Click or Ctrl+Click on this object to select it, and then click over here, notice that while the Fill and the Stroke moved over, the Drop Shadow did not, because the Drop Shadow is part of a Complex Appearance of that piece of artwork, and I only sampled the basic Fill and Stroke.

I can change that setting, however. If I go to the Eyedropper tool inside of the Tools panel and I double-click on it, I get an Options dialog box. You can see that I can really specify exactly what the Eyedropper Picks Up and what it Applies. Now in this case here, I want it to pick up the full complex appearance. So I'm going to check on the Appearance button on what the Eyedropper Picks Up, and also what it Applies. I'll click OK. Now, let's see what happens. I'm going to press Undo twice over here to go back to our original shape.

This object is now selected. If I click here, you can see that now this object picks up the full complex appearance. Again, I'm going to Command+Click or Ctrl+Click on this object to select it. I'll use the Eyedropper tool to click on this object with the Drop Shadow. Notice now, this object picks up not only the Fill and the Stroke, but the full complex appearance that also includes the Drop Shadow.

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Q: Despite clicking the rectangle icon on the toolbar, as shown in the video, the other tool shapes are not accessible in Illustrator. The rectangle is usable, but the star, ellipse, etc. are not, and do not appear anywhere in the toolbar. What is causing this problem?
A: These tools are grouped together, so to access them, click and hold the mouse for a second until the other tools appear. If that isn't happening, reset the Illustrator preferences file. To do so, quit Illustrator and then relaunch the application while pressing and holding the Ctrl+Alt+Shift keys. Once the Illustrator splash screen appears, release the keys and that will reset the preferences file.
Q: In the video “What are vector graphics,” the author states that if he creates a 1 inch x 1 inch Photoshop file at 300ppi image, there are 300 pixels in that image. Is that correct?
A: This statement is by the author was not totally correct. If the resolution is 300ppi, it means that there are 300 pixels across one inch, both vertically and horizontally. That would mean you'd have 90,000 pixels in a 1 inch x 1 inch image at 300 ppi.
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