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Correcting previews in the Effect Gallery


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Illustrator CS6 One-on-One: Advanced

with Deke McClelland

Video: Correcting previews in the Effect Gallery

In this movie, we will modify a couple of the effects applied from the Graphic Styles panel, and then we'll see how to solve a problem that can occur when previewing an effect in the Effect Gallery. So first thing I am going to do is Alt+ Click or Option+Click on the background layer, in order to select the rectangle that has the Brick pattern. And then I'll switch over to the Appearance panel and I will click on the Fill and Shift+Click on its color swatch here. And then I'll change my color values to HSB. And the idea is I want to dial in a browner color.
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  1. 43m 9s
    1. Welcome to One-on-One
      2m 9s
    2. Introducing my custom keyboard shortcuts
      6m 52s
    3. Installing my dekeKeys shortcuts on Windows
      4m 46s
    4. Installing my dekeKeys shortcuts on the Mac
      4m 18s
    5. Remapping your Macintosh OS shortcuts
      3m 10s
    6. Adjusting a few key Preferences settings
      8m 13s
    7. Understanding the color-managed workflow
      6m 51s
    8. Establishing the optimal Color Settings
      6m 50s
  2. 1h 11m
    1. Illustrator's oldest dynamic functions
      1m 28s
    2. Creating a multicolor blend
      7m 12s
    3. Establishing a clipping mask
      5m 40s
    4. Reinstating the colors of a clipping path
      8m 1s
    5. Editing individual blended paths
      4m 44s
    6. Adjusting the number of steps in a blend
      7m 15s
    7. Fixing problems with the Blend tool
      4m 2s
    8. Blending different levels of opacity
      4m 45s
    9. Editing the spine of a blend
      5m 3s
    10. Adding a custom spine to any blend
      5m 5s
    11. Advanced blending and masking techniques
      6m 18s
    12. Blending between entire groups
      3m 2s
    13. Adjusting the speed of a blend
      3m 21s
    14. Rotating objects in 3D space
      5m 36s
  3. 1h 0m
    1. Illustrator's logo-making features
      1m 8s
    2. Customizing a single character of type
      5m 25s
    3. Combining a letterform with a path outline
      7m 48s
    4. Creating logo type along an open path
      5m 3s
    5. Creating logo type around a closed circle
      3m 57s
    6. Vertical alignment, orientation, and spacing
      4m 55s
    7. Warping logo type around a circle
      6m 56s
    8. Creating a classic neon type effect
      5m 39s
    9. Adding random neon brightness fluctuations
      5m 19s
    10. Creating neon "block outs" between letters
      7m 44s
    11. Adding neon blur and bokeh in Photoshop
      6m 16s
  4. 46m 19s
    1. Generating colors using harmony rules
      1m 31s
    2. Introducing the Color Guide panel
      5m 16s
    3. The 23 color harmony rules, diagrammed
      8m 16s
    4. Mixing and matching color harmonies
      5m 59s
    5. Color groups and custom harmony rules
      6m 18s
    6. Working in the Edit Colors dialog box
      7m 4s
    7. Expanding on an existing harmony rule
      6m 51s
    8. Constraining colors to a predefined library
      5m 4s
  5. 32m 44s
    1. Changing lots of colors all at once
      1m 2s
    2. Introducing the Recolor Artwork command
      4m 58s
    3. Recoloring with the help of swatch groups
      4m 35s
    4. Changing the color-assignment order
      6m 44s
    5. Reducing the number of colors in your art
      5m 7s
    6. Applying tints and shades of a single swatch
      5m 37s
    7. Recoloring artwork that contains gradients
      4m 41s
  6. 1h 15m
    1. Painting with path outlines
      1m 24s
    2. Introducing the Brushes panel
      4m 25s
    3. Applying and editing a calligraphic brush
      7m 34s
    4. Applying and scaling an art brush
      6m 12s
    5. Applying and editing a scatter brush
      5m 31s
    6. Formatting and scaling brushed text
      5m 45s
    7. Designing a custom art brush
      7m 35s
    8. Creating (or replacing) an art brush
      6m 42s
    9. Refining a brush to fit ends and corners
      4m 11s
    10. Expanding, filling, and stroking a brush
      7m 4s
    11. Type on a path vs. text as an art brush
      7m 3s
    12. Distorting text with the Width tool
      8m 49s
    13. Infusing your artwork with a tile pattern
      3m 13s
  7. 58m 24s
    1. The many forms of transparency
      1m 38s
    2. Creating translucency with the Opacity value
      4m 21s
    3. Darken, Multiply, and Color Burn
      6m 15s
    4. Lighten, Screen, and Color Dodge
      5m 8s
    5. Overlay, Soft Light, Hard Light, Difference, and Exclusion
      4m 59s
    6. Hue, Saturation, Color, and Luminosity
      5m 12s
    7. Combining the effects of multiple blend modes
      6m 42s
    8. Isolating blending and Knockout Group
      7m 37s
    9. Combining blend modes with dynamic effects
      7m 25s
    10. Exporting transparency from Illustrator
      9m 7s
  8. 1h 39m
    1. The Layers panel for dynamic attributes
      1m 4s
    2. Applying attributes in the Appearance panel
      6m 15s
    3. Creating depth using translucent strokes
      5m 37s
    4. Adding, layering, and offsetting strokes
      6m 12s
    5. Duplicating entire groups of attributes
      7m 55s
    6. Turning stacked strokes into editable paths
      5m 43s
    7. Simplifying a multi-stroke effect
      6m 31s
    8. Applying the Convert to Shape effect
      7m 47s
    9. Adding aligned patterns and shadows
      8m 16s
    10. Drawing with arrowheads and angled strokes
      8m 49s
    11. Employing overlapping gradient strokes
      8m 25s
    12. Drawing circular stroke elements
      10m 13s
    13. Outlining an entire multi-stroke effect
      8m 39s
    14. Creating seamless wood grain in Photoshop
      8m 11s
  9. 1h 12m
    1. The best features in Illustrator
      1m 38s
    2. Repeating a series of transformations
      6m 18s
    3. Adjusting and updating a dynamic effect
      6m 37s
    4. Applying a stroke to an entire layer
      6m 24s
    5. Improving the performance of drop shadows
      5m 40s
    6. Applying a single effect multiple times
      6m 10s
    7. Creating an intricate Spirograph pattern
      7m 10s
    8. Adding scalloped edges with Pucker & Bloat
      4m 40s
    9. Applying a dynamic Pathfinder to a layer
      3m 56s
    10. Creating beveled ornaments
      6m 50s
    11. Creating a sculptural type effect
      5m 59s
    12. Subtracting editable text from a path
      7m 6s
    13. Editing text inside a dynamic effect
      4m 25s
  10. 27m 40s
    1. Never remember anything again, ever
      1m 41s
    2. The pixel-based Effect Gallery
      3m 53s
    3. Copying effects from one layer to another
      4m 44s
    4. Introducing the Graphic Styles panel
      4m 11s
    5. Correcting previews in the Effect Gallery
      4m 36s
    6. Adjusting the resolution of your effects
      4m 0s
    7. Combining and saving graphic styles
      4m 35s
  11. 1h 13m
    1. Two powerful graphics programs combine forces
      1m 5s
    2. Creating a perfectly centered star shape
      6m 52s
    3. Precisely scaling concentric circles
      7m 47s
    4. Adding reflective highlights with the Flare tool
      6m 23s
    5. Two ways to rasterize vector art for Photoshop
      7m 37s
    6. Importing vector art as a Smart Object
      6m 47s
    7. Creating a lens flare effect in Photoshop
      7m 56s
    8. Photographic texture and brushed highlights
      6m 26s
    9. Modifying a vector Smart Object in Illustrator
      6m 33s
    10. Converting Illustrator paths to shape layers
      6m 27s
    11. Assign layer effects to native shape layers
      5m 55s
    12. Completing a work of photorealistic art
      3m 46s
  12. 1m 5s
    1. Until next time
      1m 5s

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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.

Topics include:
  • Installing dekeKeys, Deke's free custom keyboard shortcuts
  • Understanding the color-managed workflow
  • Creating a multicolor blend
  • Establishing a clipping mask
  • Blending different levels of opacity
  • Combining a letterform with a path outline
  • Warping logo type around a circle
  • Adding neon blur and bokeh in Photoshop
  • Mixing and matching color harmonies
  • Recoloring artwork
  • Working with the Calligraphic, Scatter, and Art Brushes
  • Creating translucency
  • Editing attributes in the Appearance panel
  • Adjusting and updating dynamic effects
Subject:
Design
Software:
Illustrator
Author:
Deke McClelland

Correcting previews in the Effect Gallery

In this movie, we will modify a couple of the effects applied from the Graphic Styles panel, and then we'll see how to solve a problem that can occur when previewing an effect in the Effect Gallery. So first thing I am going to do is Alt+ Click or Option+Click on the background layer, in order to select the rectangle that has the Brick pattern. And then I'll switch over to the Appearance panel and I will click on the Fill and Shift+Click on its color swatch here. And then I'll change my color values to HSB. And the idea is I want to dial in a browner color.

This seems like it's turning into a kind of Christmas Graphic at this point. So I'll reduce the Brightness value to 50% and then I'll change the Hue value to 15 degrees. A Saturation of 75% is just fine. And you may see your Brightness value update, or any of the values update for that matter, and that's just because Illustrator is trying to find the nearest equivalent RGB color. All right, I'll go ahead and hide that panel and switch back to the Layers panel and Alt+Click or Option+Click on the black layer to select all of its objects.

Can't see the selection because I have the hidden edges, but if I were to press Ctrl+H or Command+H on the Mac, sure enough the skull outlines are selected. I will go ahead and press Ctrl+H or Command+ H again to hide them, and then I will bring up the Graphic Styles panel by clicking on its icon, which is this rather prosaic collection of 3 squares. A Square in the background with a little fill stroke icon in front of it. Click on it to bring up the Graphic Styles and scroll down to RGB Dirt. And if you click on it you'll apply the style. Incidentally, you can also right-click on any one of these styles to preview the effect on the selected artwork, which may or may not prove helpful.

In this case we are seeing an awful lot of the black outlines, but nothing from the eyes or the nose, which is kind of curious. AndI will show you what that's about in just a moment. But anyway, that is a method for previewing the effect; once again you right-click. I'm just going to click on that style to apply it, and it looks pretty darn rough at this point. So I might want to make a few modifications. I will go ahead and switch over to the Appearance panel, and notice that we've got 2 fillsat work here. I'll turn off the top fill, just so I can see what's going on with the bottom fill, and that looks terrible.

So I am just going to go ahead and turn that bottom fill back off, and then turn the top fill back on, and we end up with this effect. Those gray edges there are a contribution of the Ocean Ripple Filter. So go ahead and click on it to bring up the Effect Gallery Dialog Box, and all I've got to preview this effect is this tiny little wedge right here. What in the world is going on? Well, I'll show you. Cancel out of the dialog box and then switch back to the Layers panel and twirl open this black layer, and you'll see what's going on down here at the bottom of layer.

So the Effect Gallery oftentimes is only capable of showing you the effect applied to the bottom-most object in the selection. You'll also see the path I was responsible for the strange preview inside the Graphic Styles panel, which is this Compound Path right here. Now the way to solve both problems is to take these paths--make sure that they are all Paths or Compound Paths, they are fine too--and combine them into a larger Compound Path. And you do that with the object selected by going up to the Object menu, choosing Compound Path, and then choosing Make. Or of course, you can press Ctrl+8 or Command+8 on the Mac.

And now if I were to bring up the Graphic Styles panel and I were to right-click on RGB Dirt or any of the other ones, I would see it applied to all the selected artwork. The same goes if I were to switch to the Appearance panel and click on Ocean Ripple. Now I can see the entire selection, here inside the dialog box. What I am going to do to get rid of some of that grayness is reduce the Ripple Magnitude value to 3, like so, so both Ripple Size and Ripple Magnitude are set to 3.

And then I'll click OK in order to apply that effect and I end up with this artwork here. The final step is to click Opacity up here in the Control panel and change the Blend mode from Normal to Multiply so that we burn the artwork into the Brick background, as if it's some form of graffiti. So that's how you Customize Effects that you've assigned from the Graphic Styles panel, and how you improve the quality of your previews-- both inside the Graphic Styles panel, and inside the Effect Gallery. But one problem remains, and that's the resolution of our effects. And that's the problem that we will solve very carefully in the next movie.

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