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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 have saved my progress as Scribbly skeleton.ai, and in this exercise we are going to replicate those Scribble settings across most of the rest of our artwork. There is just one object that's going to be an exception, that will serve as a background element as you will see, and that's going to help us achieve a more or less uniform effect across the entire artwork. So here is a couple of different ways to work. Bear in mind, if you were to meatball that skull elements layer, there inside the layers panel and switch over to the Appearance panel, you'll see that the Drop Shadow and the Scribble effect are assigned to that layer.
So I could move any of these other layers into that layer in order to pick up those attributes. So for example, I'll click of the skull in order to deselect it and I will grab this money layer and drag it and drop it into the skull elements layer. Now money is going to become a sub-layer of skull elements. And you can see those progress bars go by, which are telling you that Illustrator is applying both the Drop Shadow and Scribble effect to those money objects. And that's great where the scribbling is concerned but that's not such a good thing where the Drop Shadow is concerned.
I only want the Drop Shadow to set the skull apart from its background. I don't want everything subject to Drop Shadow because that would be a waste of time. Anyway I'll press Ctrl+Z key, Command+ Z key on the Mac, in order to undo that movement and notice that Illustrator has to back up the effect as well. I am going to go ahead and twirl-close skull elements there. So instead, what I would like to do is grab three of these layers here and collect them into a new layer. So I am going to click on money and then Shift+Click on green rectangle in order to select that range of three layers.
Do not select black back because that layer contains the one object to which we do not want to apply the Scribble filter. All right, so with these three layers selected, go up to the Layers panel flyout menu and choose Collect in New Layer. And then we'll go ahead and rename that layer and change its color as well. It came up light blue, even though I already have a light blue layer, so I am going to change it to Red and I am just going to call this layer other stuff, which is not all that descriptive but still that's what it is. Now a couple of different ways to duplicate your settings by the way. One is to just go ahead and meatball that layer, so we apply the effect to the layer.
Then go up to the Effect menu and either choose one of these first two commands if they're available. You should be able to choose Apply Scribble. It'll just apply your last custom settings, or if those commands are dimmed, go down to the Stylize sub-menu and choose the Scribble filter. That brings up of course the big Scribble dialog box and you should see those exact same settings that you applied before, here they are, and then you would go ahead and click the OK button in order to apply them to your artwork. I am going to cancel out however because I want to show you a different way to work. Notice that this meatball, the meatball associated with the skull elements layer, is volumetric, indicating that there's some sort of dynamic effects or transparency going on.
What I want you to do, in order to duplicate those effects, you go ahead and press the Alt key or the Option key on the Mac and drag from that meatball to the other meatball, like so, and notice that your cursor changes to a little hand with a Plus sign, that's because you have the Alt or Option key down. If you didn't have Alt or Option down, if you just went ahead and dragged the meatball, then you would move those dynamic effects from one layer to another. In our case however, we are duplicating them and it will take a moment and you will see Gaussian Blur fly by, which is a function of Drop Shadow, and then you'll see that the progress changes the scribbling, and so the idea is that we have both the Scribble filter and Drop Shadow.
Switch over to the Appearance panel. Sure enough there they are. If you don't want Drop Shadow, you can either grab it and throw it in the Trash, like so, or if you're not sure you want to get rid of it, then just go ahead and turn it off. You can click on the eyeball and that is a saved attribute of that illustration. And now we have exactly the effect that I'm looking for and you can see also why I left the black background untouched. We needed some kind of background in back of that green background. I'll go ahead and twirl-open this layer, and you can see that there is a layer called green rectangle.
And because that green rectangle got scribbled, it reveals a bunch of holes behind those scribble lines and in the background we need that black rectangle to fill them in. All right, So I am going to press the F key a couple of times in order to switch to the Full Screen mode and then I'll go ahead and zoom in here, like so. Press Ctrl+Shift+A or Command+Shift+ A on the Mac in order to deselect the artwork and that is our more uniformly consistent line scribbled artwork here inside Illustrator.
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