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Illustrator CS4 Essential Training

with Mordy Golding

Video: Copying appearances

As you begin to use appearances more and more in your work, you will find it necessary to copy appearances from one shape to another. For example, over here I have this file called copying appearances. You'll find that in Chapter08 of your exercise files, and maybe what I would like to do is take the appearances that apply to these wet suits that apply at the top of my file, and also copy them to these wet suits that apply here on the bottom. These all have just a regular white fill/black stroke attributes applied to them. The easiest way to do this is to use the Eyedropper tool inside of Illustrator. The way that it works is that I'll first go ahead and I'll select the shape that I want to have changed. I'll then use the Eyedropper tool, and I'll click on the shape where I want to copy the attributes from. So again, the first step is to select the shape that I want to have the change applied to, and then I use the Eyedropper tool to click on the shape that I want to have the attributes copied from.
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  1. 59s
    1. Welcome
      59s
  2. 33m 17s
    1. Why use Illustrator?
      2m 22s
    2. What are vector graphics?
      8m 4s
    3. Understanding paths
      4m 13s
    4. Fill and Stroke attributes
      5m 32s
    5. Selections and stacking order
      8m 31s
    6. Isolation mode
      4m 35s
  3. 23m 43s
    1. The Welcome screen
      1m 11s
    2. New Document Profiles
      4m 36s
    3. Using multiple artboards
      7m 17s
    4. Libraries and content
      3m 52s
    5. Illustrator templates
      2m 56s
    6. Adding XMP metadata
      3m 51s
  4. 43m 55s
    1. Exploring panels
      4m 18s
    2. Using the Control panel
      5m 25s
    3. Navigating within a document
      5m 27s
    4. Using rulers and guides
      5m 23s
    5. Using grids
      2m 12s
    6. Utilizing the bounding box
      3m 3s
    7. Using Smart Guides
      4m 59s
    8. The Hide Edges command
      3m 31s
    9. Preview and Outline modes
      2m 18s
    10. Using workspaces
      7m 19s
  5. 38m 3s
    1. The importance of modifier keys
      1m 9s
    2. Drawing closed-path primitives
      7m 15s
    3. Drawing open-path primitives
      5m 5s
    4. Simple drawing with the Pen tool
      7m 28s
    5. Advanced drawing with the Pen tool
      10m 33s
    6. Drawing with the Pencil tool
      6m 33s
  6. 46m 37s
    1. Editing anchor points
      13m 7s
    2. Creating compound shapes
      5m 55s
    3. Utilizing Pathfinder functions
      5m 11s
    4. Joining and averaging paths
      5m 37s
    5. Outlining strokes
      3m 24s
    6. Simplifying paths
      5m 41s
    7. Using Offset Path
      2m 43s
    8. Dividing an object into a grid
      1m 41s
    9. Cleaning up errant paths
      3m 18s
  7. 35m 23s
    1. Creating point text
      4m 4s
    2. Creating area text
      4m 19s
    3. Applying basic character settings
      6m 27s
    4. Applying basic paragraph settings
      4m 4s
    5. Creating text threads
      5m 28s
    6. Creating text on open paths
      5m 18s
    7. Creating text on closed paths
      3m 57s
    8. Converting text to outlines
      1m 46s
  8. 20m 15s
    1. Using the basic selection tools
      7m 53s
    2. Using the Magic Wand and Lasso tools
      6m 34s
    3. Selecting objects by attribute
      2m 38s
    4. Saving and reusing selections
      3m 10s
  9. 40m 35s
    1. Using the Appearance panel
      6m 48s
    2. Targeting object attributes
      3m 26s
    3. Adding multiple attributes
      7m 6s
    4. Applying Live Effects
      8m 9s
    5. Expanding appearances
      4m 48s
    6. Appearance panel settings
      6m 51s
    7. Copying appearances
      3m 27s
  10. 37m 15s
    1. Defining groups
      7m 2s
    2. Editing groups
      5m 28s
    3. Working with layers
      8m 10s
    4. Layer and object hierarchy
      6m 57s
    5. Creating template layers
      2m 3s
    6. Object, group, and layer attributes
      7m 35s
  11. 44m 4s
    1. Applying colors
      3m 18s
    2. Creating solid color swatches
      4m 48s
    3. Creating global process swatches
      5m 1s
    4. Using spot color swatches
      4m 27s
    5. Creating swatch groups and libraries
      6m 50s
    6. Working with linear gradient fills
      6m 34s
    7. Working with radial gradient fills
      2m 19s
    8. Applying and manipulating pattern fills
      4m 51s
    9. Defining simple patterns
      5m 56s
  12. 22m 43s
    1. Moving and copying objects
      2m 1s
    2. Scaling objects
      4m 49s
    3. Rotating objects
      3m 14s
    4. Reflecting and skewing objects
      2m 27s
    5. Using the Free Transform tool
      2m 9s
    6. Aligning objects
      5m 15s
    7. Distributing objects
      2m 48s
  13. 25m 13s
    1. Using a pressure-sensitive tablet
      1m 38s
    2. Using the Calligraphic brush
      6m 10s
    3. Using the Scatter brush
      4m 0s
    4. Using the Art brush
      2m 26s
    5. Using the Pattern brush
      3m 21s
    6. Using the Paintbrush tool
      1m 41s
    7. Using the Blob Brush tool
      3m 42s
    8. Using the Eraser tool
      2m 15s
  14. 16m 36s
    1. Using symbols
      3m 9s
    2. Defining your own symbols
      2m 1s
    3. Editing symbols
      4m 4s
    4. Using the Symbol Sprayer tool
      2m 32s
    5. Using the Symbolism toolset
      4m 50s
  15. 35m 37s
    1. Minding your resolution settings
      6m 15s
    2. Applying basic 3D extrusions
      6m 43s
    3. Applying basic 3D revolves
      2m 31s
    4. Basic artwork mapping
      5m 9s
    5. Using the Stylize effects
      5m 35s
    6. Using the Scribble effect
      5m 43s
    7. Using the Warp effect
      3m 41s
  16. 21m 37s
    1. Placing images
      4m 51s
    2. Using the Links panel
      2m 47s
    3. The Edit Original workflow
      2m 0s
    4. Converting images to vectors with Live Trace
      5m 29s
    5. Rasterizing artwork
      1m 55s
    6. Cropping images with a mask
      4m 35s
  17. 10m 35s
    1. Saving your Illustrator document
      8m 18s
    2. Printing your Illustrator document
      2m 17s
  18. 6m 25s
    1. Exporting files for use in QuarkXPress
      1m 8s
    2. Exporting files for use in InDesign
      39s
    3. Exporting files for use in Word/Excel/PowerPoint
      45s
    4. Exporting files for use in Photoshop
      1m 25s
    5. Exporting files for use in Flash
      1m 15s
    6. Exporting files for use in After Effects
      19s
    7. Migrating from FreeHand
      54s
  19. 2m 23s
    1. Finding additional help
      2m 0s
    2. Goodbye
      23s

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Illustrator CS4 Essential Training
8h 25m Beginner Oct 13, 2008

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Illustrator can be used to accomplish many different design tasks. For this reason, Illustrator CS4 Essential Training teaches core concepts and techniques that can be applied to any workflow for print, the web, or assets that will find their way into other applications. Mordy Golding explains the elements that make up vector graphics—paths, strokes, and fills—and shows how to use each of Illustrator's drawing tools. He demonstrates how to combine and clean up paths, and organize them into groups and layers. Mordy also covers text editing, working with color, expressive brush drawing, effects, and much more. Exercise files accompany the course.

Topics include:
  • Making efficient use of the Illustrator interface
  • Creating text on a path
  • Using the Magic Wand and Lasso selection tools
  • Working with a pressure-sensitive tablet
  • Applying 3D extrusions and resolves
  • Converting images to vectors with Live Trace
  • Exporting files for use in Photoshop, Flash, and other applications
Subject:
Design
Software:
Illustrator
Author:
Mordy Golding

Copying appearances

As you begin to use appearances more and more in your work, you will find it necessary to copy appearances from one shape to another. For example, over here I have this file called copying appearances. You'll find that in Chapter08 of your exercise files, and maybe what I would like to do is take the appearances that apply to these wet suits that apply at the top of my file, and also copy them to these wet suits that apply here on the bottom. These all have just a regular white fill/black stroke attributes applied to them. The easiest way to do this is to use the Eyedropper tool inside of Illustrator. The way that it works is that I'll first go ahead and I'll select the shape that I want to have changed. I'll then use the Eyedropper tool, and I'll click on the shape where I want to copy the attributes from. So again, the first step is to select the shape that I want to have the change applied to, and then I use the Eyedropper tool to click on the shape that I want to have the attributes copied from.

So in this case now with a single click on the Eyedropper tool, copies the attributes from this shape, into the shape that I currently have selected. If we pay attention to some of the keyboard shortcuts that we've already learned, we can actually make this process a little bit more intuitive. With the Eyedropper tool selected, I'll simply hold down the Command key or the Ctrl key on Windows, to access my Selection tool. I could then select the next object right here, release the Command key, move to this shape, click once, and I'll copy the attributes from this shape to this particular shape. Now you'll notice that I have a fill and a stroke applied to this shape in the bottom as well. Let's go a step further here.

I'm going to click on this shape right here, and I'll go ahead and I'll click here and here something interesting happened. Notice that the color didn't come through, but this particular shape had a Drop Shadow applied to it. But the Drop Shadow was not picked up by the Eyedropper tool. Well, why did that happen? So remember that we discussed this concept that's something called a basic appearance, and a complex appearance. A basic appearance is, the just single fill and single stroke that exist in an object, but no live effects and no additional fills and strokes. Here you have particular object that has a complex appearance. This particular object here has a 3D effect, and a Drop Shadow effect. This one had also accomplished appearance as a Drop Shadow, so likewise if I would go ahead and select his particular object and use the Eyedropper tool, only the color comes through, but not the 3D effect or the Drop Shadow effect.

The reason why this happens is, because by default the Eyedropper tool only works with basic appearances. But we can change that. So I'm just going to press Undo twice to go back to what I had here before. Let's travel over to the actual toolbar here and double- click on the Eyedropper tool. That brings up the Eyedropper Options dialog box, and you'll see that the Eyedropper tool picks up by default the Transparency settings, Focal Fill and Focal Strokes settings. Again, those are the topmost fill, and topmost stroke settings, and of course, Character Style and Paragraph Styles. But you'll see that the actual Appearance checkbox is not turned on by default.

If I go ahead and I check Appearance, in both of these cases, I wanted to pick and also apply Appearances, now if I go ahead and select this shape in the bottom, and click on this shape with the Eyedropper tool, it does correctly pick up the color and also the effect. Same thing also over here, if I go ahead and I click on this object, it now transfers not only the color, but also the 3D effect and the Drop Shadow. So I have complete control over what I do want to copy when I start working with objects. If I want just the basic appearance, I'll use the Eyedropper tool with its default settings, but it's important to know that I can simply double-click in the Eyedropper tool, and really control almost any of its appearance settings at all, what it picks up, and what it applies, so that as I use it, I could very intuitively copy attributes from one object, or one group, or one other particular element inside of my illustration, and apply it quickly to another.

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Q: I cannot get the new brush dropdown to allow me to create either a New Scatter Brush or a New Art Brush; the only ones I can click on are New Calligraphic Brush and New Pattern Brush. When I go to Windows > Brush Library and choose New Brush, again the only ones I can click on are New Calligraphic Brush and New Pattern Brush. How do I make these work like they should?
A: In order to create a new Scatter or Art brush, you must first have artwork selected on the artboard.
 
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