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In Illustrator CS5 One-on-One: Advanced, author and industry expert Deke McClelland teaches how to take advantage of the wide array of dynamic features in Illustrator CS5. This course demonstrates how to apply these features to paths, groups, and editable text to create professional-quality artwork. The course covers Live Trace, Live Paint, and Live Color, as well as symbols, gradients, exporting, and integration with Photoshop. Exercise files accompany the course.
I've saved my progress as Top of man.ai. In this exercise I recommend that we go ahead and establish some guides. So we know exactly where these various subpaths are meeting with each other. And I'm going to create those guides using circles. So for starters here, I'm going to create a new layer, and I'm going to do so by pressing Ctrl+Alt+L or Cmd+Option+L on the Mac. Let's go ahead and call these guy guides, and I'll switch the color to, say, light blue, and I'll click OK. And I'm going to moves this guides layer all the way to the bottom of the stack.
It looks like I'm going to have to do that in two moves, like so. And then I'm going to draw some circles on that layer, so I'm going to grab my Ellipse tool, and then I'm going to Alt+ Drag from that center outward right there. So I'm Alt+Draggging from the point of intersection outward in order to create just a small guide. And it's not a guide yet, but it will be shortly. All right, let's go ahead and take that shape. And because it's underneath, I'm going to have to select it by its outside here with the Black Arrow tool. And I'll go ahead and drag it to this position, press the Alt or Option key to clone it.
Now I'm going to drag the center point of this circle, so that it snaps into alignment with the bottom of his elbow, which is obviously one of the end points of this Red path. Next, I'll go ahead and drag the circle to this location here approximately. Press the Alt key or the Option key in order to clone it. Drag the center point till it snaps in alignment with the other endpoint to the Red path. Now let's go ahead and create a couple more of these guys at the other points of intersection down below here. So I'll go ahead and drag a copy of the circle by Alt+Dragging, Option+Dragging on the Mac.
I'll drag that center point till it snaps into alignment with the knees, then I'll create one more clone by Alt+ Dragging, Option+Dragging on the Mac. And I'll drag that center point until it snaps into alignment with the bottom of the heel. And I've now identified all the significant points that I know about in the creation of this path outline. So here on the Guides' layer, I'm going to click this triangle on the upper right-hand corner to select all of the guides. And then I'll go up to the view menu, I'll choose the guides command, and I'll choose make guides, or press Ctrl+5, Cmd+5 on the Mac.
And you now have a series of circular guides. So I'll click off of them. They're just there to identify what's going on, just so I can keep track of these significant points later. All right, now I'm going to drop down here to the bottom of the foot, and I'll go and click on that path to make it active. I'll press the P key in order to switch to the Pen tool, I'll click on the endpoint to let Illustrator know I want to extend the path. Then I'll click here, click at this location like so on, all of these are straight segments. If I don't nail the points, once again, that's not the end of the world.
All that matters is that for each and every segment that I create on this side, we have equal and symmetrical segments on the other side. Now I'm going to drag along the thigh like so, in order to extend the control handle, I'll drag at this location in order to create a smooth point. And I am more or less matching the angle of the top of the thigh, although, if I don't get it right, once again, not that big a deal. I'm going to Alt+Drag or Option+Drag like so, in order to extend the control handle in an independent direction.
I will drag from this location, in order to create a smooth point. I will Alt+Click or Option+Click to sever away that control handle, because I want to create a straight segment. Now if I click here, I'm going to go ahead and connect this path with the Red path and that's not what I want to do, I want to keep these paths independent of each other right now. So I'm going to click over here, just to set the anchor point down. And then I'm going to press the A key to switch to the White Arrow tool. And I'm going to move that point by dragging it into alignment with the other ones.
So those two points should now be coincident, assuming that I positioned that circular guide in the right location. All right, now, what we want to do is switch to the Black Arrow tool, click on the path to select the entire thing, and let's color this one blue, just so that we can track it independently of the others. And I'll do that by clicking on the blue swatch here in the swatches panel. I'm going to grab these two paths, we don't need them anymore. And I'll click on one, Shift+Click on the other with the Black Arrow tool, press the backspace key or the delete key on the Mac in order to delete those paths. Then I'll click on this path outline to select it, and I'll press the R key to switch to the Rotate tool.
I'll Alt+Click or Option+ Click exactly on that endpoint. And I'll change the value, obviously negative -120 degrees is not what I want, because I want to trace along him, not along one of the other guys. So I will change this value from -120 to +120. Press the tab key, that looks right, then I'll click the Copy button. And I know this is fine, because the path outline is staying along him. It's not extending out into any of the other reputed elements inside this pattern.
All right, next then I'm going to grab my White Arrow tool once again, and I'm going to marquee those two endpoints right there. Now I've managed to select my guideline as well. Apparently my guides are not locked down. So I'll go up to the View menu, I'll choose guides, and I'll choose the lLock Guides command, that may or may not be necessary for you. And then that should just deselect the guide, the endpoints are still selected. Mash your fist down with the J key. So press Ctrl+Shift+Alt+J or Cmd+Shift+Option+J on the Mac, that should produce the Join dialog box, we want to see it, so that we know we've nailed the location of these endpoints, so they are exactly coincident. Corner's what we want, click OK, and we're now done with that portion of the outline.
In next exercise we'll finish off the last remaining subpath in this core path outline.
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