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Creating a custom drop shadow effect


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Illustrator CS5 One-on-One: Advanced

with Deke McClelland

Video: Creating a custom drop shadow effect

I save my progress as Custom letterform.ai and let's go ahead and reinstate things here to the way they looked before. I'll turn off the text & symbol layer which contains that item I just created. I'll twirl open the t-shirt's layer, turn back on type and than I need to turn on the background as well. All right, so notice that the T-shirt is separated from its background by this kind of wiggly drop shadow and that's a combination of a few dynamic effects working together. So let me show you how those were put together, again in the interest of transitioning from advance type to advance color, don't you know! And if you take a look at this t-shirt's layers, if you are working along with, if you've got it expanded then you can scroll down the list a little bit and you'll see an FX item right there.
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  1. 38m 35s
    1. Welcome
      1m 48s
    2. Linking AI and EPS files to Illustrator
      6m 48s
    3. Installing the dekeKeys keyboard shortcuts
      7m 43s
    4. Remapping Mac OS shortcuts
      6m 56s
    5. Installing the Best Workflow color settings
      4m 54s
    6. The color settings explained
      7m 4s
    7. Preserve Numbers vs. embedded profiles
      3m 22s
  2. 1h 40m
    1. Converting pixels to vectors
      1m 2s
    2. Tracing an imported image
      6m 17s
    3. Other ways to trace
      3m 17s
    4. Raster and vector previews
      7m 2s
    5. Threshold, Min Area, and Max Colors
      5m 27s
    6. Tracing options: The raster functions
      8m 2s
    7. Using the Ignore White option
      5m 3s
    8. Tracing options: The vector functions
      6m 40s
    9. Expanding traced artwork
      5m 6s
    10. Sketching and drawing for Illustrator
      6m 24s
    11. Editing scanned line art
      9m 23s
    12. Adding contrast and color
      10m 32s
    13. Live Trace and resolution
      9m 8s
    14. Expanding and separating paths
      8m 43s
    15. Scaling and editing traced art
      8m 4s
  3. 1h 8m
    1. Gradients are good
      1m 15s
    2. Assigning a gradient fill
      6m 9s
    3. Using the gradient annotator
      7m 31s
    4. Editing multiple gradients
      4m 37s
    5. Establishing symmetrical gradients
      5m 28s
    6. Creating a radial gradient
      5m 46s
    7. Adjusting the midpoint skew
      3m 23s
    8. Mixing gradients with blend modes
      6m 11s
    9. Making a transparent gradient
      6m 42s
    10. Drop shadows and dynamic effects
      5m 58s
    11. Assigning a gradient to editable text
      5m 42s
    12. Editing text that includes dynamic effects
      2m 56s
    13. Assigning a gradient to a stroke
      6m 46s
  4. 1h 37m
    1. The earliest dynamic functions
      1m 10s
    2. The gradient-intensive illustration
      5m 26s
    3. Creating a multi-color blend
      7m 39s
    4. Establishing a clipping mask
      3m 34s
    5. Reinstating the mask colors
      9m 7s
    6. Editing blended paths
      6m 50s
    7. Adjusting the number of blended steps
      6m 49s
    8. Using the Blend tool
      4m 33s
    9. Blending between levels of opacity
      7m 32s
    10. Editing the path of the blend
      6m 22s
    11. Adding a custom path of the blend
      5m 4s
    12. Placing one mask inside another
      8m 33s
    13. Blending groups and adjusting the speed
      6m 1s
    14. Rotating objects in 3D space
      10m 21s
    15. Creating custom perspective guides
      8m 31s
  5. 1h 37m
    1. What was old is new again
      39s
    2. Introducing tile patterns
      6m 11s
    3. Determining the points of intersection
      6m 51s
    4. Extending paths from the intersections
      5m 40s
    5. Crafting symmetrical subpaths
      5m 38s
    6. The final flawed subpaths
      5m 52s
    7. Reconciling misaligned paths
      5m 34s
    8. Completing the core path outline
      6m 14s
    9. Making a symmetrical modification
      6m 47s
    10. Adjusting the interior elements
      8m 26s
    11. Coloring paths and testing the interlock
      9m 29s
    12. Establishing a rectangular tile
      6m 22s
    13. Defining a tile pattern
      3m 43s
    14. Creating a few color variations
      8m 50s
    15. Protecting patterns from transformations
      6m 9s
    16. Transforming patterns without paths
      5m 30s
  6. 1h 12m
    1. Filling and stroking virtual areas
      44s
    2. Introducing Live Paint
      7m 57s
    3. Stroking with the Live Paint Bucket tool
      5m 30s
    4. Using the Live Paint Selection tool
      7m 18s
    5. Adding a path to a Live Paint group
      4m 33s
    6. Building a classic Celtic knot
      8m 28s
    7. Constructing the base objects
      5m 31s
    8. Weaving one object into another
      6m 13s
    9. Creating a path that overlaps itself
      7m 15s
    10. Painting a path that overlaps itself
      5m 34s
    11. Creating knots inside knots
      5m 2s
    12. Adding gradients and depth
      8m 22s
  7. 1h 4m
    1. Dynamic effects and OpenType
      1m 12s
    2. Applying a dynamic effect to type
      5m 43s
    3. Creating a basic bevel effect
      4m 12s
    4. Building up a multi-stroke effect
      4m 49s
    5. Best practices for 3D type
      6m 34s
    6. Applying a "path wiggler" to type
      6m 14s
    7. Drop shadows and Raster Effects settings
      4m 52s
    8. Duplicating attributes and effects
      7m 8s
    9. Editing type with dynamic effects
      7m 27s
    10. Ligatures, swashes, ordinals, and fractions
      5m 45s
    11. Small caps and the Glyphs panel
      4m 25s
    12. Warping text and increasing resolution
      6m 9s
  8. 1h 44m
    1. A world of colors at your beck and call
      1m 32s
    2. Customizing a letterform to make a logo
      8m 37s
    3. Creating a custom drop shadow effect
      6m 26s
    4. Introducing the Color Guide panel
      9m 3s
    5. Harmonies and Color Guide settings
      5m 39s
    6. Lifting harmony rules from color groups
      7m 21s
    7. Harmony layouts and the Lab color wheel
      8m 15s
    8. Working inside the Edit Color dialog box
      6m 36s
    9. Limiting a color group to spot colors
      5m 47s
    10. Recoloring selected artwork
      5m 50s
    11. Recoloring with custom color groups
      6m 1s
    12. Swapping colors with the Color Bars feature
      5m 18s
    13. Using the options in the Assign panel
      8m 41s
    14. Moving color groups between documents
      7m 17s
    15. Distilling your artwork to one spot-color ink
      7m 45s
    16. Recoloring artwork that contains gradients
      4m 17s
  9. 1h 21m
    1. How symbols work
      1m 2s
    2. The power of symbols
      5m 1s
    3. Creating new symbols
      6m 0s
    4. Enabling the new 9-slice scaling
      4m 24s
    5. Adjusting your 9-slice scaling guides
      6m 54s
    6. Previewing and acquiring symbols
      4m 12s
    7. Finding a symbol and creating an instance
      4m 13s
    8. Duplicating and replacing instances
      4m 19s
    9. Breaking a symbol link and envelope fidelity
      5m 26s
    10. Distorting and expanding a symbol
      4m 54s
    11. Updating an existing symbol definition
      3m 40s
    12. Recoloring a symbol definition
      4m 13s
    13. Applying a basic "local" color adjustment
      5m 20s
    14. Applying a more elaborate local color adjustment
      5m 4s
    15. Laying down a random symbol set
      5m 35s
    16. The eight symbolism tools
      6m 55s
    17. Editing selected instances
      4m 11s
  10. 1h 32m
    1. Illustrator needs Photoshop
      1m 1s
    2. Two ways to place a pixel-based image
      6m 6s
    3. Working with linked images
      6m 6s
    4. Linking versus embedding
      9m 38s
    5. Stroking and blending an image
      6m 16s
    6. Adding a clipping mask and page curl
      6m 51s
    7. Creating a blended border effect
      7m 10s
    8. Rasterizing your artwork in Photoshop
      8m 0s
    9. Saving a flat raster file from Photoshop
      4m 58s
    10. Restoring cropped border elements
      5m 39s
    11. Copying and pasting into Photoshop
      6m 27s
    12. Working with Photoshop Smart Objects
      5m 26s
    13. Adding a pixel-based layer effect
      4m 12s
    14. Editing a Vector Smart Object in Illustrator
      7m 20s
    15. Creating and placing a transparent image
      7m 1s
  11. 1h 15m
    1. The many forms of transparency
      1m 29s
    2. Real-world blending modes
      7m 57s
    3. Exporting transparency from Illustrator
      6m 24s
    4. Opacity and blending modes
      6m 18s
    5. The Darken and Lighten modes
      7m 17s
    6. The Contrast, Inversion, and HSL modes
      6m 12s
    7. Blending modes in action
      5m 11s
    8. Creating a knockout group
      6m 14s
    9. Confirming the viability of your artwork
      6m 8s
    10. Introducing the opacity mask
      4m 6s
    11. Making an opacity mask
      5m 25s
    12. Drawing inside an opacity mask
      3m 34s
    13. Creating a gradient opacity mask
      5m 29s
    14. Adding an opacity mask to a single object
      3m 22s
  12. 1m 13s
    1. Until next time
      1m 13s

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Illustrator CS5 One-on-One: Advanced
14h 53m Intermediate Nov 30, 2010

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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.

Topics include:
  • Tracing a pixel-based image
  • Sketching and drawing for Illustrator
  • Creating and editing gradients
  • Creating multi-colored blends
  • Creating seamlessly repeating tile patterns
  • Creating interlocking artwork with Live Paint
  • Designing advanced type effects
  • Recoloring artwork with color harmonies
  • Making the most of symbols
  • Integrating Illustrator with Photoshop
  • Using transparency, blend modes, and opacity masks
Subject:
Design
Software:
Illustrator
Author:
Deke McClelland

Creating a custom drop shadow effect

I save my progress as Custom letterform.ai and let's go ahead and reinstate things here to the way they looked before. I'll turn off the text & symbol layer which contains that item I just created. I'll twirl open the t-shirt's layer, turn back on type and than I need to turn on the background as well. All right, so notice that the T-shirt is separated from its background by this kind of wiggly drop shadow and that's a combination of a few dynamic effects working together. So let me show you how those were put together, again in the interest of transitioning from advance type to advance color, don't you know! And if you take a look at this t-shirt's layers, if you are working along with, if you've got it expanded then you can scroll down the list a little bit and you'll see an FX item right there.

So the topmost of the two FX items, they are just copies of both these because we have two art boards with the same things on them. The top one is the one we are looking at right now, I'm a going to go ahead and meatball it in order to select and then I am going to go over to the Appearance panel and noticed that it's got a couple of effects applied to it, Tweak and Transform, and then we have an effect applied to the layer. So, I am going to get rid of those effect so I can create them for you here by going up to the flyout menu and choosing not Clear Appearance which will get rid of everything, it will get rid of all the Fills and Strokes and you'll end up with nothing but your core path outline, what we want is reduce the basic appearance which will keep the Fill and Stroke, get rid of the dynamic effects.

Notice that we got rid of little of the blackness around the T-shirt. Now I am going to double-click on layer because we can see that there's a layer with a dynamic effect assigned to it, if I double-click on a layer that's going to switch the focus to the entire layer and it's got a drop shadow on it, I'll show you how that works in just a moment. I am just going to drag that guy to the trash. I could have chosen that same command, Reduced to Basic Appearance if I wanted to but since we it was just one effect we didn't really need to. All right, now I am going to go back to the layers panel because this is the easiest way to identify this FX object, I'll click on it in order to make it active.

Now, the FX path is just as big as the back path, they are exactly the same Path Outlined and the back path he is the one that shows the colors on the interior of the sleeve and the interior of the neck as well. And so you might ask me why didn't I just go and assign the dynamic effects directly to the back object and the reason I didn't is because that would have messed up this path, they would have started to wiggle around and that's not what I wanted. I wanted a black path that's going to create a kind of shadow mostly so that ---- if I zoom out here you can see, we need to distinguish this T-shirt from its very busy background.

So, that's a rationale. I went ahead and made copy of back, filled it with black and selected it, of course, and then I went up to the Effect menu, I chose Distort & Transform and I chose one of my path wigglers here Tweak, which is one that we haven't seen before. I am going to go ahead and turn on the Preview so that we can see what's going on and notice it is wiggling that path outline like crazy in the background so we have all kinds of arbitrary path modifications and it's moving the past as much as 10% of the size of any given segment away from the original definition of the segment.

Well, that's way too much so I am going to change the Horizontal value to 2 and the Vertical value to 2 as well. We're working Relative so we're working with Percents if I turn on Absolute it would be in our current unit of measure which for me is points, but Percent works on nicely. Then you can decide whether you're modifying the position of anchor points, this is all virtual, of course, not really changing the location of the anchor points. But whether you're wiggling the anchor points around or the in control points --- and by control points it means control handles so the control handles that are coming into an anchor point and you also modify the control handles that are going out of the anchor points.

Well, what you really do is you just sit there and fool around with the check boxes and decide what you like. I decided to let everything waver so if have got all the check boxes on and I'll click Ok and the result is that we have just a few little bits and pieces of path outline wiggling out, you can see it most obviously up here in the neck line. Next, I decided that I wanted to increase the size of the path a little bit so that we have a kind of non-uniform stroke around the outside of the path and I did that by going up to our old friends under the Effect menu Distort & Transform, the Transform command again, if you've loaded D Keys that's Ctrl+E, Command+E on a Mac, and I increase the Scale values ever so slightly, 102 and 102.

And you have to enter those values manually because there is no little link icon their. Turn on Preview to see what you've done that looks pretty good to me, click OK. Now I also wanted the drop shadow but I wanted but I wanted everything about this layer to cast the Drop Shadow. So I am going to go ahead and zoom out a little bit because you'll notice the other T-shirt, even though it's got some wiggling stuff going on back of it because it has the same effect applied to its FX path, however noticed that there is some randomness associated with tweak so the Tweak effect looks different every single time you'll apply it.

However we have lost the Drop Shadow and that's because I went ahead and applied the drop shadow to the entire layer which is something you can do in Illustrator. Anything that Illustrator considers to be an object which can be a path or a text object or a group or a sub-layer or entire layer you can apply a dynamic effect to it. So what you do is you go ahead and meatball that layer so you click on its meatball there in the layers panel to identify the layer and then I'd go up to the Effect menu to choose Stylize and choose Drop Shadow, Ctrl+Alt+E or Command+Option+E if you've loaded D Keys, and these are the values that I used and they are showing up because they are the last values I applied.

The mode is Multiply, Opacity is 100%, both X and Y Offset are set to 3 points, Blur is 5 points, my Color is black, turn on Preview and you will see the effect in the background and we'll explore this more when we take a look at dynamic effects in the mastery portion of the series. But the great thing about working this way is now if I put anything else on this layer it will now cast to drop shadow, if I move anything out of this layer it will stop casting a drop shadow. So the drop shadow is a whole layer attribute.

So there you have it a manual way to create custom character outlines, that's what we saw in a previous exercise, and now another use another use for dynamic effects here inside Illustrator.

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Q: The instructions for installing the dekeKeys don't work on my computer (which is running Mac OS X Lion). Is there an update to these?
A: The dekeKeys distributed with this course will still work for Lion. You just need to add them to a slightly different folder than in previous versions of OS X.

Open a new Finder window and choose Go > Go to Folder. Type the following file path exactly as written below. Copying and pasting may result in an error.

~/Library/Preferences/Adobe Illustrator CS5 Settings/en_US

Move and/or copy/paste the dekeKeys to this folder and follow the rest of the instructions as outlined in the video, "Installing the dekeKeys keyboard shortcuts."
 
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